ASHGABAT, 11 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is taking part in the CIS summit in Ashgabat, BelTA has learned.
The leaders are set to consider a number of draft documents that aim to further develop economic cooperation and ministerial partnership, ensure security and counter new challenges and threats. The 2020 CIS presidency will also be on the agenda. It is expected that Turkmenistan will hand over the presidency to Uzbekistan; Belarus and Turkmenistan will co-chair.
The heads of state are expected to adopt the address to the peoples of the CIS countries and the international community in connection with the 75th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
One of the main documents for consideration at the CIS Heads of State Council is the draft declaration on strategic economic cooperation.
Aleksandr Lukashenko arrived in Ashgabat on 10 October. On the sidelines of the summit the Belarusian head of state is set to hold a series of meetings with his foreign counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation.
Ahead of the meeting of the CIS leaders Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev said that the day before the CIS Foreign Ministers Council considered and approved the draft documents envisaged for consideration at the summit. The two documents, which were previously included in the draft agenda, were sent for finalization. “These are the agreements on the joint engineering unit for humanitarian demining and on cooperation in combating corruption. These issues will not be considered by the heads of state at today's summit,” he explained.More about President