29 Nov 2019 14:06

Nazarbayev suggests signing Central Asia good neighborliness treaty

NUR-SULTAN. Nov 29 (Interfax) - First Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has proposed that participants in an ongoing regional summit in Tashkent sign a treaty on good neighborliness and cooperation for the benefit of Central Asia's development in the 21st century, the Kazakh leader's press service said on Friday.

"This fundamental document ought to reflect the core principles and objectives of our interaction. Such an agreement will also include provisions on mutual respect for the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of our countries," Nazarbayev said at the consultative meeting of the leaders of Central Asian countries in the Uzbek capital.

As part of steps to bolster security in the region, he proposed holding a meeting of the secretaries of Central Asian countries' Security Councils in 2020, the press service said.

Nazarbayev additionally came up with an initiative to celebrate a new holiday - the Day of Central Asia - on March 15.