The text of the following declaration has been issued by the Governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan on the occasion of of the C5 + 1 ministerial meeting on the UNGA margins 76.
The US Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan met in a virtual hybrid C5 + 1 format and in person September 22, 2021.
The participants celebrated the 30th anniversary of the independence of the countries of Central Asia and the establishment of bilateral relations with the United States. They also reiterated the importance of the C5 + 1 regional diplomatic platform, noting its usefulness in facilitating critical conversations throughout 2021 regarding coordination on Afghanistan, COVID-19, economic connectivity and the crisis. climate.
During this ministerial dialogue on September 22 held during the UNGA, participants discussed the C5 + 1’s response to the evolving security, economic and humanitarian challenges in Central Asia and surrounding regions. On Afghanistan, participants affirmed the importance of alleviating a potential humanitarian crisis and calling on the Taliban to fight terrorism, allow safe passage for foreign citizens and Afghans who wish to leave and form a government. inclusive that respects fundamental rights. Participants also affirmed the importance of the C5 + 1’s continued support to the Afghan people, using the potential of Central Asia and its domestically produced goods for joint and coordinated efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and ensure food security. Participants reaffirmed their commitment to address these issues collectively and in a manner that supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the C5.