MOSCOW, 2 April (BelTA) – The program to strengthen cooperation in the foreign policy dimension passed by the CIS member states in 2019 has proved efficient and very promising, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at a session of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council in Moscow on 2 April. The session is chaired by Vladimir Makei, BelTA has learned.
“Along with traditional avenues of our work, the foreign ministries of the CIS countries got actively involved in developing and implementing collective decisions on a wide range of burning issues. Despite the coronavirus restrictions, they kept coordinating their efforts and communicating on international platforms on a number of issues, including international security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, countering traditional and new security threats, human rights issues, and prevention of interference in domestic affairs,” he said.
The head of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the foreign ministries of the CIS countries contributed to developing the coronavirus containment strategy. The information exchange between the ministries was expanded. “Therefore, I believe that the action program passed in October 2019 to enhance partnership between the CIS foreign ministries in 2020 contributed to strengthening foreign policy cooperation of the Commonwealth states. However, it seems to us that this program has even greater potential, and we believe that the same level of interaction should also be established between other ministries of the CIS member states. I think that this will give a new impetus to the CIS,” he said.
In addition to contacts between the central offices of the ministries of foreign affairs, it is extremely important to maintain close cooperation between ambassadors of the CIS countries and permanent representatives to international organizations, Vladimir Makei believes. “This pertains, first of all, to interaction within the framework of international organizations in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Brussels and Rome,” he said.
The Belarusian foreign minister recalled that this program is meant for a long term. “Therefore we hope that the annual review of the progress on this program will help us work out optimal ways of interaction between the foreign ministries,” Vladimir Makei stressed.