BISHKEK, 28 November (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is taking part in a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Bishkek, BelTA has learned.
The Belarusian head of state arrived at the congress hall of the Ala Archa state residence where he was welcomed by Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. In the morning of 28 November, prior to the summit, the leaders of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan had a separate bilateral meeting.
During the session of the Collective Security Council Aleksandr Lukashenko is to lay out Belarus' vision of how to strengthen international and regional security and its various segments. A number of documents are to be signed following the session. The agenda of the summit will be discussed at a narrow-participation session to be followed by a plenary session that will be attended by heads of the foreign ministries, defense ministries and security councils of the member states.
According to the CSTO website, the agenda of the summit includes problems of international and regional security, the reinforcement of the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border, interaction with the United Nations Organization in implementing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, coordination of foreign policy efforts of the CSTO member states, the buildup of the military potential of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and the improvement of mechanisms designed to counteract challenges and threats, including in the sphere of information security. Events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 are on the agenda as well.
Russia is expected to take over presidency in the Collective Security Treaty Organization for the next intersessional period in 2019-2020. State Secretary of Belarus Security Council Stanislav Zas will assume the office of the CSTO secretary general on 1 January 2020. His candidacy was previously approved by all members of the Collective Security Council.
A joint session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council, the Defense Ministers Council, and the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils took place in Bishkek on 27 November. Participants of the session discussed the military and political situation in the area of the CSTO collective responsibility and the work of the organization in the intersessional period. They approved the agenda of the Collective Security Council session that consists of over 20 points.More about President