Central Asian States, Afghanistan Discuss Regional Challenges

Central Asian States, Afghanistan Discuss Regional Challenges
The event gathered representatives of Central Asian states, Afghanistan and UN agencies.

A virtual meeting of Deputy Foreign Ministers of Central Asian states and Afghanistan with the participation of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) was held on Thursday, Turkmen Foreign Ministry announced in its press release.

The Deputy Foreign Ministers of Central Asian states and Afghanistan, representatives of the UN agencies, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, and foreign experts took part in the meeting. The delegation of Turkmenistan was represented by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vepa Hajiyev.

The head of the Turkmen delegation said this format of regional negotiations has established itself as a productive and very useful platform for discussing relevant issues on the agenda of joint regional and global activities.

Turkmen Deputy Foreign Minister said the virtual meeting is significant and timely organized as it provides an opportunity to exchange views and assessments of a difficult situation, consider initiatives, and directions to overcome the crisis, which has developed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The diplomat specifically noted that the stabilization of situation in Afghanistan is possible only by peaceful, political means, on the basis of a broad nationwide dialogue with the participation of all responsible and constructive Afghan forces.

The meeting participants also reviewed national initiatives and proposals to overcome the crisis at the bilateral and regional levels and visions of governments for the post-crisis period.