Dushanbe has hosted the second session of the Arab Economic Cooperation Forum with the countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan’s delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Akylbek Kamaldinov.

The Forum saw the participation of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Djibouti - Chairman of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States Mahamoud Ali Youssouf and Secretary General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Turkmenistan participated as an observer.

In his welcoming speech, the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon proposed the creation of a special Fund for the support of developing Muslim countries, which should be formed through contributions from developed Arab countries.

A. Kamaldinov in his speech has called for the active use of the forum’s economic potential, including for the mutually beneficial implementation of Kazakhstan's international initiatives.

The Forum has discussed matters related to the development of economic cooperation between the Arab countries and the states of Central Asia and Azerbaijan, as well as issues of strengthening peace and stability in the region.

Following the event, the Dushanbe Declaration was adopted, in which the participants expressed support for Kazakhstan's international initiatives aimed at the further development of cooperation in this format.

Earlier, on October 15, 2017, Dushanbe has hosted the expert meeting of senior officials of the states participating in the forum.

The Arab Economic Cooperation Forum with the countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan created on the initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The first session of the Forum was held in Riyadh in May of 2014, with Kazakhstan’s participation, which resulted in the adoption of the Riyadh Declaration and the signing of a memorandum on cooperation between the League of Arab States and Central Asian countries and Azerbaijan.

Delegations from 28 countries took part in the work of this forum, including 21 member-states of the League of Arab States, as well as the states of Central Asia and Azerbaijan.


Published: 18 October 2017



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