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CICA Secretary General takes part in international conference on Eurasian security in Minsk

Secretary General of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Ambassador Kairat Sarybay participated in the High-level International Conference Eurasian Security: Reality and Prospects in a Transforming World held in Minsk, Republic of Belarus, on 26-27 October 2023. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

In his address to the high-level plenary session, Ambassador Kairat Sarybay focused on the creation of new inter-State associations in Eurasia that consider security in a much broader perspective than the purely military-political dimension. There is a growing realization that there can be no security without economic and social development, the resolution of humanitarian issues, and the search for answers to questions of a civilizational and cultural nature. The Secretary General also highlighted the special role of CICA as a unique multilateral platform for pan-Asian political dialogue based on inclusiveness and confidence building, which is particularly important in the context of the global security crisis.

At the thematic session on 27 October dedicated to the interaction of international and regional organizations in the Eurasian space, Ambassador Kairat Sarybay noted that CICA includes countries that are members of other regional associations, such as the CSTO, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the League of Arab States, the Organization of Turkic States, ASEAN, NATO and others, which enables extensive networking across Asia. To date, CICA has established cooperation and partnership with eleven international organizations and granted observer status to nine states. The emphasis was placed on the experience of interaction within CICA, which convincingly demonstrates that the security of each and every country or group of countries cannot be effectively built without creating confidence building measures and establishing mutually beneficial cooperation with the countries of its geopolitical environment.

The conference brought together foreign ministers of Belarus, Russia, Hungary and Myanmar, deputy ministers, leaders of international organizations, academics and retired politicians. The event discussed regional and global factors affecting security, economic and energy security, interaction of international and regional organizations in Eurasia, as well as principles and architecture of future Euro-Asian security.