The meeting of foreign ministers of Central Asian countries and the European Union in Brussels
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On October 4th, 2016, the EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting took place in Brussels. The Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini attended the meeting. The delegation of Tajikistan was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov.
During the event, participants discussed a wide range of issues of shared interest, including the recent review of the EU Strategy for Central Asia, the development of overall relations between the EU and Central Asia, cooperation in water and energy, economic and educational fields, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest, combating common threats and challenges. Ministers recognized the importance of EU relations with the region.
After the session, the meeting of Minister S. Aslov with the Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmidt was held, during which the sides discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation, political and international security in the region. S. Aslov familiarized the Secretary-General of the European External Action Service with the initiatives of Tajikistan, in particular, with the National Development Strategy of Tajikistan until 2030 and called upon the EU to assist in its implementation. Also, the EU stressed the importance of expansion of cooperation in combating international and regional challenges, such as terrorism, extremism, radicalism and drug trafficking.
Source: Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan