A meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the Central Asian region and Afghanistan was held. The event was held as an online conference with the support of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy.
High-level delegates from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan, as well as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA) N.Herman, Assistant of the UN Secretary General for Policy, Peacekeeping and Peace Operations; Ambassador M. Jenča, EU Special Representative for Central Asia; Ambassador P. Burian, Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center; international consultants and diplomats. The Turkmen delegation was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister V. Khadzhiev.
The leader of the delegation from Turkmenistan noted that this format of communication at the regional level has proven its effectiveness. It allows discussing the problems that are currently urgent for all activities not only at the regional, but also at the global level. This meeting in the online format was very timely because the issues of jointly overcoming the crisis caused by the pandemic require immediate consideration and discussion. During the meeting the parties will be able to exchange views, give their assessments of the situation and discuss initiatives aimed at overcoming it.
The Turkmen diplomat also emphasized that the situation in Afghanistan should be resolved only peacefully. To this end, it is necessary to use the entire arsenal of political means, involving representatives of constructive Afghan forces in the national dialogue. He pointed to the important role of the UN peacekeeping forces in stabilizing the situation, noting the need for their wider and more active involvement.
Participants of the event also considered a number of national initiatives and proposals aimed at overcoming the crisis phenomena and their consequences in the Central Asian region, taking into account the possible participation of the UN and the UNRCCA itself, as well as a number of other structures.