Astana,  13 October 2022 (TDI): Council of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Summit started today in Astana. Heads of member states of the member countries, including the Russian President, are participating in the Summit.

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is hosting this vital Summit after concluding the sixth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia(  (CICA).

In his welcome remarks, the President of Kazakhstan said today the CIS Council of Head of State would consider crucial issues related to humanitarian partnership, security, and cooperation among the CIS countries. Kazakhstan is presiding over the Summit this year.

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is hosting the Summit, whereas in attendance are Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia; Aleksandr Lukashenko President of Belarus, Sadyr Japarov, President of Kyrgyzstan, Vladimir PutinPresident of Russia, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedow, Emomali RahmonPresident of Tajikistan, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and CIS Executive Secretary and Chairman of the Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev.

It is expected that the discussion will consider adopting various documents in strengthening multilateral cooperation, including improving the trade, cultural, economic, humanitarian, and security ties.

Apart from various other programs and strategies, it is expected that the meeting will adopt a program for cooperation in combating violent extremism and terrorism in the region for the year 2023-2025.

In the year 2020, the CIS summit declared 2022 as the year of Folk Arts and Cultural Heritage, while the next year, 2023 will be the year of the Russian Language.

The next chairmanship for the Council will be passed on to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan for the year 2023.

Commonwealth of Independent States 

The Commonwealth of Independent States was established in 1991 after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. With the emergence of new states, as a result, CIS was a loose platform that was meant to make regular dialogue and meetings in the capitals of the CIS countries. The first meeting was held in Sochi, Russia back in 2001. The Forum includes the Council of Heads of State, Council of Prime Ministers, and Council of Foreign Ministers.


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