Central Asia Geopolitical Watch – from 11 March to 17 March 2023

Central Asia Watch Team : Alexiane PradierMaxime DelayeLucien MoreelsSophie MarcAlexandre BrièreAudrey ColinMarion Bretton et Julie Eifler-Bolander.

The files we follow : Multi-vector policies in Central Asia; Mongolia and Central Asia/South-East Asia relations; New Silk Roads;  Resources, energy, raw materials and environment; Security, Defence and Border Conflicts; Humanitarian and development aid; Other forms of international cooperation in the area;  Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen internal policy; Culture and religions in Central Asia…

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– Multi-vector policy in Central Asia: situation update in Uzbekistan – Alexandre Brière –

On 16 March, in Ankara, capital of Turkey, an extraordinary summit was held bringing together the presidents of the member countries of the Organization of Turkic States. This event, devoted to the theme “Emergency management and humanitarian aid”, was organised on the initiative of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, pointed out that the earthquake in Turkey and Syria on 6 February 2023, caused a stir throughout the Turkic-speaking world. As reported by the press service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Head of State Mirziyoyev said that the date of February 6 will be commemorated every year as the “Day of Memory and Solidarity” to honor the memory of victims of the earthquake. In this regard, the Uzbek president also proposed the establishment of a natural disaster monitoring and analysis center under the auspices of the Turkic states. As indicated by the Uzbek national news agency, Uzbekistan considers it necessary to develop a multilateral agreement aimed at preventing cataclysms and their human, but also social, economic, food, health and environmental consequences. Finally, according to the Uzbek news agency, major geopolitical perspectives have been thoroughly reassessed, in order to redefine a new roadmap for a better multi-vector policy between Turkic states. These large-scale projects relate to the energy sector, with particularly the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline which provide energy links between the Turkic-speaking States and Europe, via Turkey. At the same time, it should be noted that Turkic integration is not only a matter of cultural and civilizational ties between the Turkic peoples, but also of a long-term geo-economic projection for the strengthening of trade and economic cooperation within the Eurasian space.

– Mongolia and Central Asia/South-East Asia relations- Julie Eifler-Bolander –

On 13 and 14 March, the Mongol Minister of Foreign Affairs, Batmunkh Battsetseg, went to Türkiye for an official visit, as announced by Montsame.

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