Russian foreign minister to visit Kyrgyzstan
( RIA Novosti ) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will start an official two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan Monday to discuss bilateral cooperation with the republic's top officials, the Foreign Ministry's official spokesman said.
"The visit will be part of an intense political dialogue between Russia and Kyrgyzstan that ensures progress in bilateral relations based on the principles of association and strategic partnership," Mikhail Kamynin said.
Lavrov is expected to discuss versatile bilateral contacts and regional and international problems with Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and Foreign Minister Ednan Karabayev.
In addition, the parties plan to consider bilateral cooperation between the two countries within the CIS, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the EurAsEC and other regional and international organizations.
"Security and stability in Central Asia, and the task of counteracting international terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other challenges and threats facing Russia, Kyrgyzstan and their partners in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be priorities," Kamynin said.