CIS Heads of State Mull Economic Cooperation in Ashgabat Meeting

CIS Heads of State Mull Economic Cooperation in Ashgabat Meeting
The meeting of Council of Heads of CIS States in a wide format

The leaders of the CIS countries voted for the transfer of the chairmanship to Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan and Belarus, the then previous and the next in line CIS chairmen, will become co-chairs.

The next meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State will be held in Tashkent on October 16, 2020.

Such a decision was made today, October 11 at the meeting of CIS Council of Heads of State in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made his country's position regarding issues on the agenda. Aliyev, who highlighted the use of Azerbaijan’s capabilities in the fuel sector during the Great Patriotic War, shared the work carried out by his country to celebrate the Victory Day.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan thanked Turkmenistan for the successful chairmanship. Pashinyan expressed interest in expanding cooperation within the CIS and informed about the policy of Armenia in the field of improving the social conditions of veterans.

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev made a number of proposals in his speech. Tokayev noted the need to review the issue of improving cooperation in the field of entrepreneurship in the CIS, emphasized the importance of cooperation in the field of tourism. In this regard, Kazakhstan President suggested introducing visa-free regime with CIS.

President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov noted in his speech the importance of creating a common trade system.

We need to strengthen the CIS as a self-sufficient and effective association, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke at the meeting of the CIS Heads of State Council. The Belarusian Leader suggested intensifying cooperation across key areas such as transport, energy, industrial cooperation, mutual investment and trade.

President of Moldova Igor Dodon expressed his country's opinion on the work carried out within the CIS.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin focused on trade relations of the CIS countries and expressed support for the Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation among the CIS member states. Putin then proposed to extend Lebedev’s term and noted Russia's role in the international arena in matters of security. Putin proposed to create a common financial system.

The President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon emphasizing the importance of international cooperation against extremism and introduced the participants to his country's policies in this regard.

In turn, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev informed about the Concept of Uzbekistan’s chairmanship in the CIS in 2020. Mirziyoyev noted the high level of Turkmenistan’s chairmanship in 2019 and asked for the countries support in this regard. Mirziyoyev then proposed to conduct a business week of the CIS countries.

At the meeting, CIS Heads of State decided to extend the term of office of Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev for another three years. His current term expires on December 31 this year.

Following the results of the summit, CIS Heads of State signed a number of documents.