German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will hold talks with the heads of five Central Asian countries23.09.2023 | 17:41 |
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will host the leaders of five Central Asian countries next week, EURACTIV reported, citing German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit.
The presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan will hold talks with Scholz in Berlin next Friday.
This will be the first joint meeting of this kind with an EU country, the spokesman added.
"The talks are likely to cover a range of topics, such as bilateral relations, economic issues and energy policy cooperation," Hebestreit said.
World powers such as China and the European Union are seeking a greater role in Central Asia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted the five Central Asian leaders at a key summit in May, and US President Joe Biden held his first meeting with the C5 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this week.
Germany also has an interest in this energy-rich region, as Berlin is also looking for alternative energy sources, the publication writes.
We previously reported that the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier will meet in Berlin with the heads of state of Central Asia on September 29.