Twelfth annual Meeting of Deputy Foreign Ministers of Central Asian states, organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) with the support of the Government of Turkmenistan, took place on 11 December, 2022, in Ashgabat.
The purpose of the annual meeting was to exchange views on developments and trends affecting peace and security in Central Asia as well as to discuss the cooperation between UNRCCA and the Governments of the region in areas related to preventive diplomacy.
Addressing the meeting, the Special Representative of Secretary-General for Central Asia, Head of UNRCCA, Natalia Gherman underlined that “despite the current challenging global situation, countries of the region maintained regular contacts at different levels, including at the highest political level, to secure cooperation in the security, energy, climate change and other fields”.
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of UNRCCA, the Deputy Foreign Ministers appreciated the long-standing partnership and trust, developed over years, between the Governments of the Five Central Asian states and UNRCCA. They expressed support to the activities of the Regional Centre in its priority areas, including preventing extremism and countering terrorism, climate change and water diplomacy as well as dialogues on “Women, Peace and Security” and “Youth, Peace and Security”.
Within the framework of the high-level meeting, the UNRCCA hosted the Fourth Dialogue between the Governments and youth of Central Asia. Ten Preventive Diplomacy Academy participants, representing all five countries of the region, met with the Deputy Foreign Ministers to share their vision on the future of the region.
The Twelfth Meeting of Deputy Foreign Ministers of Central Asian states concluded a series of events devoted to the 27th anniversary of Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the 15th anniversary of UNRCCA, which took place in Ashgabat on 10-11 December 2022.
Turkish firefighting planes sent to extinguish fire in Borjomi, following the phone conversation between the Foreign Ministers of Georgia and TurkeyThursday, 25 August 2022 09:53
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (MFA), Ilia Darchiashvili and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation, where the Turkish side expressed its readiness to assist in the elimination of forest fires raging in the Borjomi municipality of Georgia.
During the telephone conversation, the Turkish Foreign Minister expressed his interest in the current situation in the municipality of Borjomi and the progress of the fire extinguishing works. He once again confirmed Turkey's commitment to provide Georgia with appropriate equipment.
Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his Turkish colleague for his help and once again emphasized the close partnership between Georgia and Turkey and noted the assistance provided by Turkey in similar situations in the past.
Within the framework of international aid, Turkey's firefighting plane with an 8-ton tank has already got involved in carrying out fire extinguishing works in Borjomi municipality. Additional aircraft are scheduled to be dispatched.
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G7 Foreign Ministers demand Russia immediately return control of Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant to UkraineMonday, 15 August 2022 11:24
On 10 August, G7 Foreign Ministers, including the EU High Representative Josep Borrell, demanded that Russia immediately hand back full control of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant and of all the nuclear facilities to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine. This will ensure their safe and secure operation.
“Ukrainian staff operating the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant must be able to carry out their duties without threats or pressure. It is Russia’s continued control of the plant that endangers the region,” says the G7 statement.
The ministers warned that the seizure of Ukrainian nuclear facilities and other actions by Russian armed forces significantly raise the risk of a nuclear accident or incident and endangering the population of Ukraine, neighboring states and the international community. It also undermines the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) ability to monitor Ukraine’s peaceful nuclear activities for safeguarding purposes.
“IAEA staff must be able to access all nuclear facilities in Ukraine safely and without impediment, and engage directly, and without interference, with the Ukrainian personnel responsible for the operation of these facilities,” says the statement.
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Tbilisi hosts a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of ArmeniaMonday, 18 July 2022 12:49
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov, together with his delegation arrived in Tbilisi this morning. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, accompanied by his delegation is also in Tbilisi.
Within the framework of the visit, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia held meetings with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, also held a meeting with his Azerbaijani and Armenian colleagues.
The sides noted with satisfaction the high agenda of Georgia-Azerbaijan strategic partnership, on the one hand, and the centuries-old friendship and good-neighbourly relations between Georgia and Armenia, on the other.
Special attention was paid to the importance of joint efforts to ensure stability and peaceful development in the region. In this context, the Georgian side welcomed the visit of the foreign ministers of the two countries to Tbilisi and once again expressed its commitment to contribute, through joint efforts, to peace and stability in the region.
Following the discussions with his colleagues, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomed the meeting to be held by the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in a bilateral format.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the visit to Tbilisi of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Armenia as Georgia's neighboring and friendly countries, and expresses the hope that through the concerted efforts to ensure peaceful coexistence in the South Caucasus and stable development of the region, it will become possible to solve various issues on the agenda, create positive dynamics and develop the potential of the region.
Georgia expresses its readiness to further host the dialogue in the same format for the benefit of the region.
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A meeting of heads of the Foreign Ministries of the Caspian states has opened in Ashgabat. Rashid Meredov met his colleagues arriving at the building of the Foreign Ministry. The first to arrive was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who held a bilateral meeting with Meredov on the sidelines of the forum.
Then came Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Khalaf Khalafov, Foreign Minister of Iran Hussein Amir Abdullahian, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi.
Each of them was photographed with a handshake, after which the delegations and media representatives proceeded to the meeting room.
On the 8th of September 2021, a multilateral ministerial meeting on Afghanistan took place in the format of a videoconferencing. The subject matter of the session was the situation in this country.
The Foreign Ministers of more than 20 countries as well as the high-level representatives of the UN, EC and NATO also attended the virtual talk initiated by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Based on the main subject of the talks, the Foreign Ministers of the participating countries exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan and the efforts of the international community to expand cooperation on the Afghan track.
Turkmen side noted that, as the closest neighbor of Afghanistan, for Turkmenistan, the issue of stability and security in this country has its direct influence and significance, from a political, economic and humanitarian point of view.
The Turkmen side, speaking on the importance of creating new formats of partnership on Afghanistan, stressed the need to establish effective mechanisms of multilateral cooperation aimed at achieving peace and civil accord in this country, ensuring security and social stability, as well as the well-being of the Afghan people.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry hosted bilateral political consultations between the Georgian and French Foreign Ministries. Consultations from the Georgian side were led by Deputy Foreign Minister Vakhtang Makharoblishvili and from the French side – by the Director at the Directorate of European Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Florence Mangin.
Discussions during the meeting focused on a broad spectrum of bilateral, as well as multilateral co-operation. Special attention was paid to the need to deepen political and economic relations between the two countries as well as to the importance of opening the South Caucasus Office of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Tbilisi, as well as of close co-operation with the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF). Talking points also included prospects for the further development of relations in the areas of defence, culture tourism and education.
Special mention was made of the necessity of introducing direct flights between Georgia and France.
While on the theme of the European Union, the Georgian Deputy Minister said that the effective implementation of the Association Agreement including DCFTA, as well as the visa liberalization process will contribute to deepening cooperation between Georgia and the EU, in particular in terms of people-to-people contacts.
Vakhtang Makharoblishvili spoke about the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories, creeping annexation, human rights violations, the so-called treaties with the occupation regimes and the importance of the international community’s strong support.
For its part, the French delegation reaffirmed France’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
The sides also discussed important regional and global issues on the international agenda.
On the level of NATO-Georgia Commission the meeting of foreign ministers will be held in Warsaw – this statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze said in Warsaw today.
“This is the first time of the meeting of foreign ministers on the level of NATO-Georgia Commission. We expect to discuss all the important issues of NATO-Georgia relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration process. We will discuss the progress we made,’- Mikheil Janelidze said.