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14 April 2023, 19:57

CIS foreign ministers invited to Minsk for Eurasian security conference

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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MINSK, 14 April (BelTA) – The determination to further enhance integration interaction was reaffirmed at a session of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council. Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik mentioned that after the session held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 14 April, BelTA has learned.

Sergei Aleinik said: “During today's session of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council we discussed a broad agenda. A broad range of matters relating to further enhancement of integration interaction within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States was discussed as well as matters of enhancing the Commonwealth's potential and matters concerning development and creation. Close attention was paid to matters of security, economic interaction and humanitarian sphere. During the session virtually all the countries mentioned the rather strong challenges to security that the Commonwealth encounters along the entire perimeter of our borders. And naturally we are determined to further enhance potential of the Commonwealth of Independent States and counteract these risks.”

The official also said that Belarus suggested holding a conference on Eurasian security in October 2023. “I invited all the ministers of foreign affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States to participate in this conference. All the CIS states are members of the Greater Eurasia. We aim for an open and inclusive dialogue about European security matters,” Sergei Aleinik remarked.

He continued: “The second package of matters was related to economy. We discussed matters of economic self-sufficiency of the Commonwealth of Independent States. We were united in the opinion that the Commonwealth should enhance its trade and economic potential, manufacturing cooperation tools, remove barriers in trade, build transportation and logistics routes and chains, use national currencies for trade transactions. Today's reality relating to great restrictions forces us to do that.”

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