The capital of Kazakhstan hosted a C5+1 format meeting, which was attended by representatives of the US governments and the Central Asian five states – Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
During the meeting, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Kazakhstan – Beibut Atamkulov, Kyrgyzstan – Chingiz Aidarbekov, Tajikistan – Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Uzbekistan – Abdulaziz Kamilov and the U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale discussed the political and economic agenda of the cooperation and security issues of common interest.
The C5+1 high-level discussion on security in Nur-Sultan resulted in a joint statement.
The statement notes that the heads of diplomatic departments of the United States and Central Asian countries exchanged opinions on efforts to support economic transformation, regional cooperation, overcoming regional security challenges, as well as promoting peace and prosperity in Central Asia and neighboring Afghanistan.
The meeting participants confirmed their support for the C5+1 interaction platform as a valuable forum for joint discussion and resolution of common problems, as well as for strengthening the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Central Asian states.
The group considered scheduling the next meeting of C5+1 Ministers, and noted continued cooperation in the framework of the C5+1 working groups on security issues, economic relations and the environment.
The Central Asian states pursue an independent foreign policy, but in some cases produce consolidated positions, conducting a coordinated foreign policy. This is due to the coincidence or proximity of views on a range of political, economic and environmental problems of our time, the common historical development and the region’s specifics. In particular, the Central Asian states are successfully developing a coordinated partnership with major players of the world economy in such formats as “Central Asia + Japan” and “Central Asia – Republic of Korea”.
According to experts, the C5+1 format, as well as the above-mentioned formats, allows the countries of Central Asia to determine the current directions of joint efforts to solve current international and regional problems with the United States of America. The first meeting with the participation of the Foreign Ministers of the six countries was held on November 1, 2015 in Samarkand.
The very fact of the creation of such formats of cooperation indicates the growing interest of developed countries in Central Asia, which borders the Caspian region, and in fact, is the “gateway” to South and South-East Asia.