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MOSCOW, March 29 (Itar-Tass) — The US missile defence plans, the events in the Middle East and the situation in Afghanistan will be discussed in Astana on April 6 at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation. CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha will take part in the meeting.
The meeting is timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty and the 10th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. “The meeting participants will consider the problems of countering the growing threats and challenges emanating from Afghanistan in connection with the transfer of responsibility for the country’s security to law enforcement agencies of the IRA,” CSTO press secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov said. “The issues for discussion also include the need to strengthen Tajikistan’s borders, as well as the organisation of the transit of cargoes of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).”
The ministers will assess the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, the events in Syria, the Iranian nuclear program and the situation in Pakistan.
Bordyuzha will inform the ministers about the state of cooperation and foreign policy coordination of the CSTO member states. The foreign ministers will also outline the agreed approaches to the issue of deployment of the US missile defence system in Europe.
The meeting agenda also includes issues of interaction between the CSTO permanent representatives to international organisations and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the CSTO Secretariat and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
“After the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers it is planned to hold a meeting of the CSTO foreign ministers with Chairman of the CSTO Collective Security Council, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev,” Vladimir Zainetdinov said.
The CSTO brings together Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.