Samarkand, 15 April 2023 (TDI): Secretary General of the CIS and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov; Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, Murat Nurtleu; Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin; Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Minister Jeenbek Kulubaev; Belarus’ Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik; and Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Bakhtiyor Saidov attended the CIS Foreign Ministers Council Meeting in Uzbekistan.

This year, geo-political, economic, and diplomatic themes featured on the meeting agenda. The council meeting aimed to exchange views on current world challenges. It also planned to establish high-priority intra-CIS cooperation guidelines for 2023.

During the meeting, the leaders of the CIS countries’ foreign affairs institutions complimented the cooperation between their respective national foreign ministries throughout 2022.

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, thoroughly conveyed Russian views of the world’s circumstances. He emphasized enhancing global and regional security. Lavrov also noted that the West was interfering more in CIS states’ internal affairs. He also updated the allies on the status of the special military operation in Ukraine.

Participants at the summit made decisions to deepen further political, cultural, humanitarian, and educational integration links. They also acknowledged the value of sports and education in fortifying ties between the member nations.

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Minsk city of Belarus, and Gyumri city of Armenia, have been appointed CIS sports capitals for 2023 and 2024, respectively. Furthermore, the Patrice Lumumba Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia has been designated a key CIS organization for journalist training.

The summit attendees submitted several acknowledged documents to the CIS Heads of Government and State Council for approval. The forum stressed the significance of collaboration and coordination among member countries in addressing regional and global concerns.

The conclusions made at the CIS Foreign Ministers Council Meeting are hoped to benefit the region. These decisions will lead to closer ties and increased cooperation among the member nations for a more integrated and prosperous future.