Central Asian and Gulf countries intend to strengthen partnership

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The second meeting of foreign ministers within the framework of the Strategic Dialogue "Central Asia - Cooperation Council of Arab States of the Gulf" in Tashkent vividly demonstrates the intention of these countries to further strengthen partnership, stated the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Bakhtiyor Saidov, TASS reports.

"This meeting is a vivid confirmation of our solidarity and determination to further strengthen partnership between two strategically important regions - Central Asia and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf," said Saidov, opening the event.

It is expected that the participants of the meeting will discuss the progress in implementing the agreements reached during the first summit of heads of state of Central Asia and the Cooperation Council of Arab States of the Gulf, held on July 19, 2023, in Jeddah. They will also discuss the development of cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication, cultural-humanitarian spheres, as well as in the field of security and environmental protection.

As previously reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, during the meeting, participants will exchange views on preparations for the next summit in the format of "Central Asia - Cooperation Council of Arab States of the Gulf," which is planned to be held in 2025 in Samarkand. Following the event, which is attended by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as the member countries of the Cooperation Council of Arab States of the Gulf: Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, a joint statement will be adopted.

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April 15, 2024