Central Asian FMs, EU High Representative mull Afghanistan

Uzbekistan Materials 27 March 2018 11:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 27

By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:

Regular meeting under the Central Asia – EU format was held within the framework of the high-level international conference on Afghanistan “Peace Process, Cooperation in the Sphere of Security and Regional Interaction” in Tashkent on March 26—27, 2018, Uzbek media reported on March 27.

According to the information, Foreign ministers of Kazakhstan (Kayrat Abdrakhmanov), Kyrgyzstan (Erlan Abdyldayev), Tajikistan (Sirojiddin Aslov), Uzbekistan (Abdulaziz Kamilov), Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan – Vepa Hajiyev and Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini discussed relevant topics of the regional cooperation during the meeting.

Foreign ministers of the Central Asian countries welcomed the EU’s intent to develop and adopt a renewed EU Regional Strategy in 2019 and expressed readiness of their countries to actively participate in the process.

Prospects of economic development of the region, regional cooperation in trade and economic, investment and technological, science and educational spheres were discussed as well during the meeting.

Special attention was paid to the stabilization of situation in Afghanistan and its social and economic development.

The next meeting between the foreign ministers will be held in Brussels in 2H2018.