10 Nov 2017 12:15

Nazarbayev proposes holding 1st consultative meeting of Central Asian leaders in Kazakhstan - Kazakh FM

SAMARKAND. Nov 10 (Interfax) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev supports the idea of establishing a new, informal consultative platform of the heads of Central Asian countries, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said at an international conference in Samarkand on Friday.

This initiative was put forth by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.

"President Nursultan Nazarbayev supports this initiative. And he is voicing his intention to invite the heads of [countries in] Central Asia to hold the first meeting in this format next year during the Nowruz festivities," Abdrakhmanov said.

Speaking at the international conference "Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future; Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity," which opened in Samarkand on Friday, Mirziyoyev reaffirmed the importance of developing constructive cooperation and promoting good-neighborly relations in the region.