NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, speaking at a on-line meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State on December 18, asked the heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States to support Kazakhstan’s initiative to transform the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) from a forum into a full-fledged organisation.

Tokayev noted that an important contribution of Kazakhstan to ensuring stability in the region is the CICA initiative.

“Therefore, as chairman of the Conference on Security and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia in 2020-2022, we plan to make all efforts to transform it into a full-fledged organisation for security and development in Asia. I would ask you to support Kazakhstan in this matter,” Tokayev said.

Tokayev said about several of the most important topics, including the elimination of barriers in mutual trade between the CIS countries, the joint production of vaccines against coronavirus infection, the importance of signing an agreement to establish peace in Nagorno-Karabakh, and others.

CICA was created on the initiative of the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Over the years, the organisation has become an effective dialogue platform.  It brings together 27 member states and eight observer countries.

Since September 2020, the chairmanship of the CICA has passed to Kazakhstan.



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