E.IDRISSOV: DIALOGUE "CENTRAL ASIA +
JAPAN" IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN STRENGTHENING COOPERATION BETWEEN THE
COUNTRIES OF THE REGION AND JAPAN
Astana, July 16: On July 16, 2014 in Bishkek Kazakhstan’s
Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov took part in the fifth anniversary Council of
the Ministers of Foreign Affairs members of the Dialogue "Central Asia +
The event was also attended by the Foreign
Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Japan.
Foreign Ministers reviewed the results of 10
years cooperation in the framework of the Dialogue and discussed prospects for
the development and strengthening of mutually beneficial partnership in the new
Agenda of the Council of the Ministers of
Foreign Affairs members of the Dialogue "Central Asia plus Japan"
included such issues as the promotion of cooperation in the agriculture sphere,
achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development and Sustainable Development
Goals, combating drug trafficking, situation in Afghanistan, disaster
In his welcoming remarks E.Idrissov
expressed gratitude to the Japanese side for the active promotion of the
Dialogue "Central Asia plus Japan", that is one of the important
tools in strengthening the cooperation between the countries of the region and
Japan. He also drew attention to the need to continue the rapprochement and
expansion of cooperation for peace and stability, improving the welfare of
citizens in the region in an environment of increasing challenges and threats
in Central Asia.
"In this context, Kazakhstan stands for
the strengthening of the Dialogue "Central Asia plus Japan", the
search within its framework of pragmatic and viable cooperation projects and
mechanisms. Our activity is intended not only to create conditions for
cooperation, strengthen and develop economic relations, but also lead to the
growth of sincere political trust and ultimately to create the security
conditions on the vast part of the Asian continent, "- E. Idrissov said.
Also during the Ministerial meeting sides
exchanged opinions on deepening cooperation in the field of agriculture, which
according to previous agreements, was selected as pilot area for closer
cooperation among the participants of the Dialogue" Central Asia plus
Japan ". During the meeting it was decided to start the implementation of
specific projects in the field of agriculture.
"We support the initiative of the
Japanese side at a Meeting of Senior Officials of the Dialogue “Central Asia
plus Japan” held last year in Bishkek on the necessity to implement specific
regional projects in the field of agriculture, involving the business community.
I am convinced that this area will be the starting point of regional
cooperation between the countries of Central Asia and Japan and will be a model
for future collaboration in other, equally beneficial areas of cooperation
", - said the Minister of Kazakhstan.
A joint statement was signed as the outcome
of the 5th Ministerial Council of the Dialogue "Central Asia plus
Dialogue "Central Asia plus Japan"
– is a new form of cooperation initiated in Japan in 2004 with the aim of
increasing efforts to expand and strengthen closer relations with Central Asian
countries, as well as regional cooperation. Dialogue "Central Asia plus
Japan" has become an important platform for discussing common issues for
the region's political, economic and security problems.