Informal meeting of the CSTO heads of states started in the Astana Rixos hotel. Presidents of Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Kazakhstan gathered to discuss the topical issues of the regional security in the CSTO’s area of responsibility, as well as the situation in Northern Africa and in the Middle East.
The CSTO’s mechanisms of ensuring security in Central Asia and implementation of initiatives on the organization’s development proposed by Belarus are also on the agenda.
Opening the meeting President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the leaders of the CSTO member countries gathered to discuss “the global and regional security threats associated with the latest developments in the region, as well as improving the efficiency of the Organization.”
Also, the leaders will discuss the forthcoming withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and issues of natural and industrial safety in the CSTO area of responsibility.
Nazarbayev also noted the increasing number of threats of international terrorism, illegal trafficking in arms, drugs. The issues in the field of information security are also on the agenda.
Date: 12 August 2011