22 May 201914:59

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov’s meeting with heads of delegations from CSTO member states, Bishkek, May 22, 2019

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Mr President,

Colleagues,

We would like to join our Kazakh friends’ high assessment of the role of Kyrgyzstan in the CSTO during your presidency.

We held informal consultations today, and after a meeting with you that we have especially appreciated we will hold a formal meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CSTO, where decisions will be made that will intensify preparations for the November summit of our organisation in Kyrgyzstan.

We also share your assessments of the CSTO’s growing role, and our coordination within the organisation in the context of persisting and even deepening challenges and threats in our region, above all the threat of terrorism. In this regard, I would like to reaffirm our support for Kyrgyzstan’s initiative to establish cooperation between the SCO and the CSTO on the antiterrorist track.

It is symbolic that today you are hosting the ministers of foreign affairs of both organisations in your capital. I think that coordination and harmonisation of our efforts, especially on the antiterrorist and anti-drug tracks, will be important for both organisations in order to augment their contribution to addressing security issues for our countries, for our people and our region in general.

Mr Jeenbekov, you have mentioned the importance of our foreign policy coordination. Today we endorse another package of joint statements of the CSTO member countries, which will be drawn up and distributed in the UN, the OSCE and other multilateral platforms.

Even now, we can assert that cooperation is deepening within the CSTO. Your presidency has certainly made a very important contribution to this process. Thank you again.

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