Almaty. October 19. Information Center - President
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the CIS Heads of State Council meeting emphasizing
the need for stronger cooperation and assistance to the people of Afghanistan, The
Astana Times reports referring to the Akorda press service.
speech, Tokayev recalled the agreement to establish the CIS back in December
1991, in what he called was a “historic declaration.”
“We can say
with certainty that the commonwealth played a key role in preventing a
large-scale catastrophe in the post-Soviet area and helped to preserve
interaction between our peoples. What is very important is that the CIS has
become an influential international organization,” said Tokayev.
growing political confrontation, environmental challenges, and the damage
caused by the pandemic continue to put a heavy burden on the activities of the
organization. More joint efforts are needed to overcome these challenges, he
trade and economic cooperation remains a priority. To do so, Tokayev proposed
drafting a new program for the development of industrial cooperation until
2025, sign the agreement on trade in services, and form a common agricultural
countries have accumulated good experience in combating СOVID-19, including in the field of
vaccine development. Today it is obvious that only mass immunization of the
population will stabilize the situation and ensure the safety of our citizens,”
said Tokayev, briefing the meeting participants on the development of
Kazakhstan’s QazVac vaccine.
countries, he noted, should also strengthen their cooperation in tackling the
risks posed by terrorism, religious extremism, and drug trafficking, which has
become more urgent amid the instability in Afghanistan.
shares the position of the United Nations – the grave humanitarian situation in
that country should be the focus of attention of the international community.
Whatever our political views or personal convictions, we must not leave
Afghanistan alone with its unprecedented difficulties,” said Tokayev.
suggested establishing a logistical hub in Almaty to provide humanitarian aid
to Afghanistan. He said that “it is obvious that after overcoming the acute
phase of the crisis, Afghanistan will need further systematic support from UN
institutions” and setting up the UN Regional Center in Almaty will meet that
also spoke about the use of water resources of transboundary rivers in the CIS,
which, he said, is also related to the country’s progress towards low-carbon
is preparing to chair the organization in 2022. The next year will also be the
Year of Folk Art and Cultural Heritage of the CIS and the Moldovan city of Comrat
was selected as the cultural capital of the Commonwealth in 2023.
like to emphasize that the proposals and other priority tasks I have voiced
will be included in the Concept of Kazakhstan’s chairpersonship in the CIS for
the forthcoming period,” he said.