Uzbekistan reiterates its support for the strategic goal of the Kazakh Chairmanship in CICA
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov received CICA Executive Director Ambassador Kairat Sarybay during his working visit to Tashkent on 4 June 2022. Furthermore, full-scale consultations on a wide range of CICA issues were held in the line department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.
The Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan emphasized CICA’s relevance in the current geopolitical landscape and reiterated his support for initiatives of the Kazakh Chairmanship in CICA, including its gradual transformation into the Organization for Interaction and Cooperation in Asia. During the meeting, it was stated that President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his willingness to personally participate in the Sixth CICA Meeting of Heads of State or Government in Nur-Sultan.
In turn, Ambassador Kairat Sarybay reported on preparations for the upcoming CICA Summit. The Executive Director noted that CICA's broad geography, comprehensive agenda, and multilateral, consensus-based approaches to security make it a highly relevant platform. Moreover, the forum provides opportunities to promote connectivity throughout the Asian continent.
The parties highlighted the key role of the Central Asian region and Afghanistan in the CICA area.
During the consultations in the department of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry, there was a substantive discussion on cooperation in implementing CICA confidence building measures, through the advisory bodies of the Conference:
Business Council, Youth Council, Think Tank Forum, and Council of Eminent Persons. Ambassador Kairat Sarybay expressed his gratitude to Uzbekistan for being actively involved in the implementation of CICA confidence building measures. The Executive Director acknowledged Uzbekistan's added value, as the Coordinator of the Human Dimension, in updating CICA's main document, the Catalogue of Confidence Building Measures. The parties agreed to continue their active interaction within the CICA Youth Council. Uzbekistan expressed its willingness to host the sixth meeting of the Youth Council in 2023.
In a meeting with First Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Akramjon Nematov, the parties underlined the need for interaction between academic and research communities to jointly search for solutions to the challenges facing the CICA Member States. The head of the CICA Secretariat highlighted the opportunity to promote initiatives of the Member States at the Forum through the interaction between analytical and expert communities.
During his visit, Ambassador Kairat Sarybay granted a number of interviews to leading Uzbek media outlets about CICA activities and priorities of the Kazakh Chairmanship.