Astana, 15 July 2022 (TDI): In a bid to enhance military diplomacy and foster cooperation among Asian nations, the annual CICA military-political dimension development seminar took place on July 13-14, 2022. The event, traditionally organized by the Republic of Kazakhstan, was hosted at the National Defence University, named after the First President of Kazakhstan.

Discussions at CICA Seminar

Distinguished defense officials and military attachés representing Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Iraq, Jordan, Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, and the UAE participated in extensive deliberations at the CICA military-political dimension development seminar.

The focus of the discussions revolved around security enhancement, conflict prevention, de-escalation, and the expansion of cooperation within the military-political dimension among member states.

Building Secure Asia

In his welcoming address, Ambassador Kairat Sarybay, the CICA Executive Director, emphasized the ultimate goal of CICA member states to establish a security and cooperation architecture in Asia. This vision is based on the principles of international law, transparency, and mutual trust.

The military-political dimension holds a pivotal role in fulfilling this shared aspiration among CICA leaders. Sarybay further highlighted that confidence-building measures, crucial for ensuring security across the Asian continent, are gradually and voluntarily implemented.

Exploring Peacekeeping Capabilities

In addition to the seminar, delegates had the opportunity to visit the Peacekeeping Training Center in Almaty and the infrastructure of the Defense Ministry’s Peacekeeping Training Center.

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These facilities are responsible for training troops to participate in peacekeeping operations, further enhancing the capabilities and preparedness of member states in contributing to regional stability.

Significance of Military-Political Dimension within CICA

The military-political dimension is one of the five main activities within the framework. Member states have jointly developed ten specific confidence-building measures focused on the military-political dimension, as outlined in the CICA Catalogue of Confidence-building Measures.

This document reflects the collective views of member states and promotes multilateral approaches to cooperation, ensuring long-term stability across the Asian continent.