Central Asia – European Union Foreign Ministers Meeting

On 17 November 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin took part in the 16th session of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Central Asia and the European Union.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on key aspects of partnership between the countries of Central Asia and the European Union, in particular in the political, economic, human rights areas, mitigating the consequences of COVID-19 and joint efforts to address today’s challenges. Delegations considered effects of climate change and environmental issues, as well as international and regional issues.

In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke about measures to prevent the consequences of Covid-19, the importance of implementing joint programs to overcome the current crisis and mobilizing additional resources to eliminate its consequences under the new European Strategy for Central Asia and the Multi-Year Indicative Program 2021-2027.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell stressed the importance of EU multilateral engagements and programs in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the economic and social sectors of Central Asia, as well as in expanding relations and implementing joint initiatives in priority interregional areas.

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