“С5+1” meeting participants discuss development of cooperation of Central Asia and the U.S.
The event with participation of foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his deputy David Hale was held as a videoconference. Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi represented Kazakhstan.
The participants discussed ways and plans of expanding trade and economic relations as well as joint efforts to respond to challenges during the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The parties addressed the efforts to support peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The Kazakh Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of continuing to work in “C5+1” dialogue to attract American investments and technologies to Central Asia and to use the platform of Astana International Financial Centre for this.
Mukhtar Tleuberdi highlighted that, despite the global shocks, the platform remains an effective venue in building the economic cooperation between Central Asia and the U.S., in attracting technologies and expert assistance to the development of transit and transport potential, in working on preservation of the environment as well as strengthening of regional security.
Foreign ministers of the region spoke about the importance of economic and trade integration. The parties plan to intensify cooperation to jointly resolve regional issues.
“C5+1” format has been operating since 2015 and is multilateral engagement mechanism between Central Asian states and the U.S.