Kyrgyzstan to host second EU-Central Asia summit on Friday

Xinhua , Tuesday 30 May 2023

Kyrgyzstan will host the second European Union-Central Asia Summit on Friday, head of the foreign policy department of the presidential administration of Kyrgyzstan Muratbek Azymbakiev said Tuesday.

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File photo taken on October 27, 2022 President of the European Council Charles Michel (2L) poses for a family photo with the leaders of all five Central Asian countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - during the first EU-Central Asia summit in Astana. European Council President Charles Michel will visit Kyrgyzstan on June 2, 2023 for another EU-Central Asia summit, authorities in the mountainous country said on May 29, 2023. It will be Michel s second visit to the region since Russia s invasion of Ukraine, which has made ex-Soviet allies in Central Asia nervous and put Moscow s political dominance there under question. AFP


He said that the summit will be held in Cholpon-Ata, a resort town of the Issyk-Kul region, under the chairmanship of President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov.

The Kyrgyz president, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Nurmuhammet Amannepesov and President of the European Council Charles Michel will take part in the summit.

The current state and prospects of political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the two regions will be discussed, Azymbakiev said, adding that views will be exchanged on topical issues of the international agenda and interaction between Central Asia and the European Union.

In addition, Japarov will hold bilateral meetings with the heads of delegations.

The European Council president will make an official visit to Kyrgyzstan on Saturday.

"As part of the visit, bilateral negotiations are planned with President Sadyr Japarov. The sides will discuss issues of the Kyrgyz-European partnership in narrow and expanded formats," Azymbakiev said.

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