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Meeting of Heads of Central Asian countries begins in Cholpon-Ata

The 4th Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia began in the Issyk-Kul state residence of the President of Kyrgyzstan.

Presidents of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov arrived in Cholpon-Ata.

It is expected that the outcome of the negotiations will be the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation. The document should lay the foundation for the rapprochement of the countries of the region outside the framework of the EAEU and without participation of any additional actors.

The states will be obliged to resolve disputable issues among themselves within the framework of the agreement and exclusively through dialogue, including through creation of appropriate mechanisms for interaction, if necessary.

The draft treaty also says of a ban for the countries of the region on using military force against each other.

The agreement is concluded for an indefinite period; any state can withdraw from it by written notification. Kazakhstan is the depositary of the document.

The first Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia was held in Nur-Sultan (2018), the second — in Tashkent (2019). In 2020, the summit was planned to be held in Kyrgyzstan, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed for a year. Turkmenistan hosted the third meeting in August 2021.