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4 Apr 2018

Ministers to represent seven countries at CIS Foreign Ministers Council in Minsk

MINSK, 4 April (BelTA) – At the CIS Foreign Ministers Council which is due to take place in Minsk on 6 April, seven countries will be represented by the ministers of foreign affairs, Dmitry Mironchik, head of the information and digital diplomacy office, spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told media on 4 April.

“The level will be different, but high in any case. Seven countries – Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Belarus – will be represented by ministers,” he said.

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan will be represented by deputy ministers. “The minister of foreign affairs of Azerbaijan was ready to come, but he is supposed to attend the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement currently underway in Baku. Moldova will be represented by ambassador to Belarus, who is also Moldova’s permanent representative to the CIS. We also expect confirmation of participation from Ukraine,” Dmitry Mironchik said.

The CIS Foreign Ministers Council will consider 12 issues related to expanding cooperation in political, economic, cultural and education sectors, interaction between the foreign political agencies of the CIS member states. The focus will be on security issues, crime prevention, the fight against international terrorism, and the coordination of the activity of the law-enforcement bodies.

The heads of the CIS delegations will consider draft agreements on cooperation against crime in the field of information technology, the interstate program of joint measures against crime for 2019-2023, the provisions on the CIS congress of teachers and education workers and the international youth project 100 Ideas for the CIS.

The CIS Foreign Ministers Council was established by the CIS Heads of State Council Decision of 24 September 1993 to coordinate foreign political activities.

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