Comment by the Information and Press Department on the upcoming CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting

1374-15-07-2017

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On July 17, Minsk will host a regular meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Council of Foreign Ministers. As usual, the CSTO foreign ministers will meet in both the restricted and expanded formats.

On the eve of the meeting, the foreign ministers will discuss matters of mutual interest in a casual setting.

The meeting’s agenda covers current international and regional security issues and cooperation between CSTO member states in today’s international environment. Participants will pay special attention to international relations between CSTO member states in terms of fighting international terrorism and extremism.

The foreign ministers will review a draft decision to amend the regulations of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers Working Group on Afghanistan, a plan of consultations between CSTO member states on foreign policy, security and defence issues for the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, a list of joint statements for 2017, and a protocol amending the Agreement on Basic Principles of Military and Technical Cooperation, as well as a decision to adopt an emblem for the collective security forces and systems.

At Russia’s initiative, the meeting will review a draft statement by foreign ministers supporting Resolution 71/179 of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” which was co-sponsored by all CSTO member states.

Kyrgyzstan proposed adopting a statement by the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers to prevent conflicts in the area of information technology and devising joint measures to ensure IT security.

The Foreign Ministry hopes that the meeting in Minsk will make a substantial contribution to implementing the agreements reached by CSTO member states to further enhance their alliance within the organisation.

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