Following the results of the Ministerial meeting in Tashkent, six countries issued a joint statement.
The United States, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan issued a joint statement on the Ministerial meeting in the “C 5+1” format.
According to the statement, “current events in the region confirm the importance and relevance of this format, which helps to maintain a trust-based dialogue and cooperation between participants in ensuring peace, stability, and prosperity in Central Asia.”
The United States reaffirmed that it continues to support the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the countries of the region, and seeks to expand multilateral regional cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.
To use effectively the potential of Central Asia, the participants plan to develop cooperation in the following priority areas:
– strengthening mutual trust and constructive cooperation in the further development of Central Asia as a strong, cohesive, independent and prosperous region;
– promotion of regional projects aimed at developing trade, transport and infrastructure links, promoting entrepreneurship and expanding business contacts between the countries of the region and the United States;
– development and activation of interaction between the countries of the region in the energy sector, including in the field of renewable energy sources, and support for national plans for adaptation to climate change;
– preparation of proposals and initiatives aimed at improving the scientific, technological and social development of the region, as well as strengthening its tourism potential;
– expanding cultural, humanitarian and educational ties;
– development of cooperation in the field of border security and activation of joint efforts of border forces of different countries of the region in the fight against international threats such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, illegal immigration, drug smuggling, human trafficking;
– expansion of the dialogue on threats from foreign terrorists, exchange of experience in the fight against terrorism and extremism;
– maintaining mutually beneficial cooperation in promoting the peace process and political settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, as well as developing trade, economic, transport and infrastructure ties between the countries of the region and Afghanistan;
– strengthening civil society, including through the protection of human rights and compliance with international law.