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Toward Coordinated Stance


Fifteen issues related to the consolidation of regional security, enhancing trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation were discussed by participants of the Tashkent session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Tashkent was visited by the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergei Lebedev and representatives of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

The draft agenda was considered on the eve of the meeting at a coordination session under the leadership of the CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev.

In accordance with the agenda, the foreign ministers of the participating states discussed 15 documents, nine of which will be submitted to meetings of the Council of Heads of State in October and the Council of Heads of Government in May this year.

Abdulaziz Kamilov: The CIS is a unique platform for discussing topical issues of multilateral cooperation, promoting joint programs and projects in various fields of the economy.

To date, the relevance of and demand for the CIS is determined by the need to search for mutually acceptable and coordinated measures to address issues of concern to all of us in the Commonwealth space, primarily in such areas as trade and economic cooperation, development of transport communications, countering transnational threats and challenges.

In 2017, the CIS is presided by the Russian Federation, and as the chairing party, the meeting was opened by the Russian Foreign Minister.

Sergei Lavrov: First of all, I would like to thank the leadership of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the cordial welcome and excellent organization of today's event. This is our first multilateral meeting in the format of the CIS, and we have traditionally begun work with a frank, confidential exchange of views in a contracted composition that includes foreign ministers and heads of delegations. We have considered a wide range of issues on the regional and international agenda, the development of cooperation within the CIS, and the discussion confirmed that our countries adhere to similar approaches and we have many points of contact.

In the context of coordinating our positions, we are today adopting a joint statement of the CIS foreign ministers on a very pressing and sensitive topic.

The ministers adopted a statement on the inadmissibility of discrimination and intolerance against Christians, Muslims and representatives of other faiths. The document strongly condemns all manifestations of intolerance, discrimination, violence and terrorist acts. The parties expressed their intention to continue to promote efforts to consolidate the position of the international community in this direction.

The heads of foreign ministries approved for the subsequent submission to the Council of Heads of State the drafts of the concept of cooperation in the field of combating the legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime, financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and the protocol on the transfer of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, firearms, their main parts, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices, which are physical evidence in criminal cases.

Ministers discussed the implementation of the interstate program "Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth" in 2018, giving the status of a basic organization to individual educational and academic institutions of CIS countries in training metrologist specialists of armed forces, as well as personnel for tax investigation bodies.

The next meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS will be held this autumn in the capital of the Russian Federation.

At the end of the session, a ceremony was held to reward Uzbek diplomats with awards of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan. "We invariably feel the intention of Uzbek friends to deepen strategic partnership and alliance and reciprocate. Today I would like to note the contribution to our cooperation of the two Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and present the sign of the Russian Ministry for the contribution to international cooperation to Anvar Nasyrov and Saidikram Niyazkhodjaev,” Sergei Lavrov said.