Samarkand, 15 April 2023 (TDI): During the traditional Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murat Nurtleu, engaged in bilateral discussions with several foreign ministers and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The conversation centered on bilateral and international collaboration in the political, commercial, economic, cultural, and humanitarian realms. The Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan and his counterparts had lengthy and fruitful sessions that covered many crucial topics for both countries.

The talks allowed discussions on planned international events and the agenda of high-level meetings. It also intended to monitor progress on measures proposed by Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the previous CIS Summit in Astana.

The conversations with Tajikistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, focused on improving political and economic links between the two countries. The ministers reviewed collective energy, transportation, infrastructure initiatives, and terrorism and extremism prevention.

During their discussion with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Jeenbek Kulubaev, they discussed ways to improve trade and economic cooperation. They also addressed the prospect of building collaborative agriculture, transportation, and tourism projects.

The conversations with Belarus’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Aleinik, centered on expanding trade and economic relations. The two ministers studied the implementation of collaborative agriculture, industry, energy projects, and educational exchanges. They explored the methods to strengthen collaboration in scientific and technological domains.

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The focus of the conversation with Bakhtiyor Saidov, the foreign minister of Uzbekistan, was expanding bilateral economic and commercial ties and intercultural interactions.

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have bolstered their ties and fostered regional cooperation in various dimensions, including trade, energy, transit, and security.

The meeting with CIS Secretary General Sergey Lavrov was to discuss the development of the Commonwealth and the implementation of President Tokayev’s plans.

The ministers examined measures to improve CIS member nations’ political, economic, and cultural cooperation. They also agreed about creating collaborative initiatives to raise the standard of living in CIS nations.