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CIS FMs to discuss global, regional security, military partnership

The priority issue is to provide aid to Tajikistan to strengthen the border with Afghanistan, the Russian Foreign Ministry says

MOSCOW, April 03. /ITAR-TASS/. CIS foreign ministers will meet in Moscow on April 4 to discuss international and regional security and military partnership, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

“The priority issue is to provide aid to Tajikistan to strengthen the border with Afghanistan,” the ministry says.

The ministers “will discuss contacts within international organizations, including a draft statement to enhance global drug control efforts. They will approve a plan for holding consultations within the CIS in 2014”, the ministry says.

Special attention will be paid to humanitarian cooperation. The ministers will approve draft resolutions to declare 2016 the Year of Education within the CIS, it says.

“Within the efforts to strengthen military cooperation, the ministers will consider draft agreements on cooperation by engineer troops in mine clearing operations. The ministers will discuss interaction in survey and navigation support,” the ministry says.

Diplomats from the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow will represent the country at the meeting, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya told ITAR-TASS on April 2.

“At the present moment, the secretariat of the Commonwealth of Independent States reports that nobody will arrive from Kiev. Ukraine will be represented at the (foreign ministers) council meeting by embassy staffers,” he said.