Astana, 13 October 2022 (TDI): Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan while addressing the 6th CICA Summit noted that the organization’s observer states & partners had increased after Turkmenistan became an observer state.

The sixth CICA Summit, which was presided over by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, took place on the CICA’s 30th anniversary of its creation.

Turkmenistan becomes an observer state in CICA
Turkmenistan becomes an observer state in CICA

The Summit is being attended by 11 Heads of State, the Emir of Qatar, the Vice Presidents of Vietnam and China, as well as five Ministries. Additionally, the leader of Belarus, a state observer, came to Kazakhstan for the event.

6th CICA Summit

The sixth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) conference hosted by Kazakhstan in Astana endeavored to resolve key issues.

These issues include those pertaining to its internal mechanism and functioning along with taking into account the most pressing global issues, especially in the backdrop of the situation in Eurasia and the Middle East.

Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)

CICA is a multinational organization with the objective of collaboration for stability, security, and peace throughout Asia.

It is based on the understanding that there is a close-knit connection between stability, peace, and security in Asia and the rest of the globe. 

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, first suggested the concept of holding CICA on October 5, 1992, during the 47th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The driving force behind this initiative was the need to establish an effective and acceptable system for ensuring peace and security in Asia.

CICA Member states are Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkiye, UAE, and Uzbekistan. 

The CICA Observer States are Belarus, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and the USA.

The Observer Organizations include the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic States (TURKPA).