Central Asia Geopolitical Watch – from July 23 to July 29, 2022

07/26/2022: An International forum takes place in Uzbekistan on the topic “Afghanistan: security and economic development” – Aliya Yechshanova –

On July 26, 2022, an international conference on the topic “Afghanistan: security and economic development” was held in Tashkent, which was attended by special representatives of states, Afghanistan’s closest neighbours, countries of South, Central Asia, the Middle East, the European Union, the United States, the United Nations, the the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Economic Cooperation Organisation, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, as well as a high-ranking delegation of the Interim Government of Afghanistan.
The agenda of the conference included the tasks of socio-economic reconstruction of Afghanistan, implementation of major infrastructure projects in the transport, communications and energy spheres, active development of trade ties with Afghanistan, the unfreezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets blocked in foreign banks, humanitarian projects and programmes designed to bring peace and stability to the Afghan people, the desire to involve the international community in regional economic processes. And another goal of the Tashkent Conference is to create an effective dialogue and consensus among the world community on the issues of combating international terrorism.
Representatives of the Government of Afghanistan and heads of other delegations noted the importance of the initiatives put forward by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, including the construction of the “Termez – Mazar – Sharif – Kabul – Peshawar” railway, the laying of the “Surkhan – Puli-Khumri” power line, the creation of the “Termez Cargo” transport and logistics hub, as well as the transformation of the training centre in Termez to the Educational Cluster for Training Personnel for Afghanistan.
The participants of the conference expressed their understanding that today’s the main priority should be the revival and strengthening of the economy of Afghanistan as an important factor in achieving lasting peace in this country, and reaffirmed their commitment to its establishment as a peaceful, indivisible, independent, economically developing State free from terrorism and drug crime.

07/27/22: Georgian prime minister visits Kazakhstan – Denis Lavaud –

Kassym-Jomart Tokaïev welcomed the Georgian Prime Minister, Iraqli Garibashvili, on July 27, in Nur-Sultan. The two parties noted the gradual development of the bilateral cooperation, as well as the importance of uniting joint efforts.
“I hope your visit will be constructive. As I know, the program of the visit is very full, a number of meetings are taken, which will give additional impetus to the development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Georgia. We are linked by close ties of friendship and multifaceted cooperation. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed economic and trade issues, investments and humanitarian solidarity between Kazakhstan and Georgia. The interlocutors paid particular attention to the interactions between the fields of transport and logistics.
Kazakhstan proposes to consider its market as a gateway to Central Asia, which has direct access to neighboring China. The countries are partners in the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, which play an important role in strengthening ties between countries in the region. Iraqli Garibashvili reaffirmed his country’s interest in strengthening contacts with Kazakhstan.

07/27/22: 24th summit of the Turkic states’ special services in Cholpon-Ate – Denis Lavaud –

On July 27, under the chairmanship of the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) of Kyrgyzstan, the 24th Summit of Special Services of Turkic States was held. The heads and representatives of the special services of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan participated in this summit, as well as delegations of the special services of Russia and Hungary as observers at the Conference. During the meeting, issues of interaction between special services in the field of ensuring security and stability in the Turkic states were discussed in the context of the current situation in the areas of terrorist activity in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The conference’s participants wished to agree on mechanisms to localize terrorist threats coming from Afghanistan and the Syrian armed conflict zone, linked to the spread of terrorism and religious extremism. As part of the work of this meeting, the meeting of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic with the heads of the special services of the Turkic states took place. During his address to the participants of the meeting, Sadyr Japarov emphasized the importance of close cooperation and consolidating the efforts of the special services in joint work in order to counter the external challenges and threats affecting the interests of the Turkic states. The meeting participants had an open dialogue, which led to a decision to take action to implement the agreements reached.

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