The capital city of Kazakhstan hosted a high-level meeting in the C5+1 format, which is a mechanism of interaction between the five Central Asian countries and the United States on economic, environmental and security issues.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale. The sides discussed issues relating to development of economic partnership in the region, peace in Afghanistan and ensuring security in Central Asia.

The meeting participants emphasized the importance of politico-diplomatic cooperation in the C5+1 format and reviewed the mechanisms for achieving sustainable development, stability and prosperity of the entire Central Asian region.

As part of the visit to Nur-Sultan, the delegation of Turkmenistan, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, held talks with President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The sides expressed satisfaction with the current state of Turkmen-Kazakh relations and noted the importance of developing bilateral relations in a wide range of areas. The President of Kazakhstan noted the high level of the first Caspian Economic Forum held on the Turkmen coast of the Caspian at Turkmenistan’s initiative. At the same time, he emphasized that the forum gave a powerful impetus to the development of international economic cooperation in the Caspian region.

The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan also held talks with his Kazakh counterpart Beibut Atamkulov and the US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.