Central Asia’s leaders likely to convene in multilateral format in 2018

09.01.2018

In 2018, leaders of Central Asian countries may convene for the first time in many years, Yerlan Karin, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Council for International Relations said Monday, Kazinform reports.

"This year will be the year of intensification of Central Asian cooperation. In fact, we've been observing this trend since 2017. But, we are convinced that the development of cooperation between the CA countries will reach a new level in 2018. It is likely to reach a more stable format," said Karin speaking of the top 10 upcoming events in Central Asia in 2018.

He noted that Central Asian countries will step up cooperation in all spheres.

"Perhaps, in 2018, the leaders of Central Asian countries will convene for the first time in many years. At the same time it is worth underscoring that regional cooperation will be carried out in bilateral or trilateral format - between Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan or Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan, or Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan. Relations between key countries of the region will be the driving force in that respect," Karin added.

He also reminded that leaders of the Central Asian countries haven't met since 2005.

The Chairman of the Kazakhstan Council for International Relations believes that Nursultan Nazarbayev's visit to the U.S. is a landmark event. "In fact, the Kazakh leader will be the first foreign leader to be greeted by U.S. President Donald Trump," Karim said Monday, while speaking about the top 10 upcoming events in Central Asia.

The visit, according to him, will be of paramount importance for the future of the Kazakh-U.S. partnership.

"It [the visit] will be of paramount importance in the international context. Kazakhstan is a regional country, but, nonetheless, it is actively involved in various international discussions, for instance, it happens to be one of the leaders of non-proliferation. That is why the meeting and discussion with American authorities will help bring light to that problem," Yerlan Karin stressed.

He also added that the Kazakh President will officially meet with Donald Trump ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the U.S., noting that the process of arrangement of such top-level meetings is a complex one.

Karin reminded that President Nazarbayev's visit coincides with Kazakhstan's Presidency in the UN Security Council and will positively affect the Kazakh-U.S. relations in general.

Reported by Kazinform.