Bishkek, 13 October 2023 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Belarus, Sergei Aleinik, participated in the meeting of the Foreign Ministers Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Bishkek on October 12.

During the meeting, all the heads of delegations of members of CIS exchanged views on deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation.

During the meeting, the Belarusian Foreign Minister called upon the Commonwealth countries to coordinate to resist illegitimate external sanctions pressure and promote the principles of multipolarity, democratization of international relations, and global strategic balance and stability.

“Belarus calls on all partners for dialogue aimed at moving away from confrontation in favor of peaceful agreements, at strengthening global and regional security. In our common interests is peaceful coexistence based on the principle of respect for the legitimate interests of all states,- ” Belarusian Foreign Minister added.

Besides that, the Foreign Minister brought the attention of the attendees to stimulate economic interaction, enhance self-sufficiency, and strengthen technological sovereignty for integrating ties between the Commonwealth of Independent States.

“I propose to continue enhancing the conjugation of economic development strategies of the Commonwealth countries and identify specific key points of our interaction, including with friendly states and associations (SCO, BRICS, etc.),” Minister Aleinik stated.

Furthermore, the Belarusian side supported the initiatives to hold inter-ministerial consultations on economic cooperation within the framework of regional economic associations, and economic aspects of the climate agenda.

Initiates to hold ministerial consultations on cooperation in the fields of culture, science, education, sports, tourism, and youth policy were also supported by the Belarusian side.

Also, special attention was paid to joint efforts to protect the historical truth and the memory of the heroic deeds of the Soviet people during the Great Patriotic War.

Signing of new documents

During the CIS Foreign Ministers meeting a new package of documents on several areas of interaction in the Commonwealth was adopted.

In particular, four draft joint statements of the CIS Council of Heads of State were approved.

Among them was a draft statement on the principles of interstate relations in a multipolar world.

The document reflected a common point of view on the importance of forming a sustainable multipolar world order, to promote and solve the problems of international relations and regional development that confirm the openness of the CIS for broad international cooperation.

The Plan of Multilevel Inter-Mid-World Consultations for 2024 was also adopted.

The document envisaged coordination of the Commonwealth countries’ positions in the United Nations, interaction with other international organizations, and holding consultations related to countering new challenges and threats.

The document also encompassed ensuring international information security, arms control, and disarmament, interaction in the information sphere, and foreign policy planning.

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The Belarusian Foreign Minister also invited the members of the delegations to take part in the high-level international conference “Eurasian Security: Reality and Prospects in a Transforming World”, which will be held on October 26 – 27, 2023 in Minsk on the initiative of Belarus.

During the meeting, the proposal to hold the next meeting of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council on April 12, 2024, in Minsk was also supported by the Belarusian Foreign Minister.