Astana, 2 March 2023 (TDI): The Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Mukhtar Tleuberdi, the United States (US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken & Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan attended the C5+1 format.

The Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan declared in a press statement that the C5+1 countries decided to continue sharing views on issues of mutual interest due to the negotiations.

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It also stated that the C5+1 mechanism is an efficient diplomatic platform for regional collaboration in securing Central Asia’s multilateral growth. It allows countries to engage on matters of mutual concern and form mutually beneficial alliances.

During the visit, discussions focused on the shared commitment to boosting bilateral cooperation and advancing regional development.

The C5+1 meeting served as a platform for achieving agreed agendas and highlighted the value of regional cooperation.

Visit of the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Kazakhstan

Secretary of State, Antony Blinken made his first official visit to Kazakhstan. He met with Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mukhtar Tleuberdi.

Both countries reviewed various bilateral and international cooperation topics, focusing on strengthening connections in the economic and investment domains.

The Commission on Expanded Strategic Partnership and the high-level conversation on human rights and democratic reforms were emphasized as crucial routes for further strengthening bilateral collaboration between the US and Kazakhstan.

Secretary Blinken strongly supported President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev’s political and economic reforms. He expressed his desire to collaborate in democratic development, strengthen the rule of law, and expand the role of civil society.

They also agreed on the importance of considering each other’s interests while developing collaboration in energy security, climate change, transportation route diversification, and sanctions limits.

The discussions stressed the necessity of mutual understanding and cooperation in various areas for both countries’ economic and social development.