ArmInfo. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who is on a working visit to Bishkek, took part in a joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Council of Defense Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) on November 27.
As the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia reports, the agenda of the meeting included issues of interaction between member states within the CSTO and international platforms, coordination of foreign policy, and countering threats to international and regional security. The situation in Syria was touched upon in detail.
Welcoming the participants, Minister Mnatsakanyan thanked his Kyrgyz counterpart for the successful chairmanship of the CSTO and the organization of the high-level meeting, as well as expressed Armenia's support for the priorities of the upcoming Russian chairmanship in the organization. "Armenia will continue its active participation in the further improvement and strengthening of the CSTO, as well as in efforts aimed at increasing the international credibility of the CSTO," the Armenian Foreign Minister said.
Touching upon the Armenian side's vision of cooperation among member states within the framework of the structure, Mnatsakanyan emphasized the development of allied cooperation on international platforms on issues related to the coordination of foreign policy.
Presenting the latest developments in the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan emphasized that given the conditions conducive to peace and the preparation of peoples for peace, the need to abandon militaristic and hateful rhetoric, an uncontrolled arms race, and take additional measures to reduce tension on the Line of Contact remains more than urgent. The head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry emphasized the importance of maintaining the approaches agreed on between the CSTO member states on the Karabakh issue on all international platforms.
The Foreign Minister also touched on the situation created by the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, expressing particular concern about the situation of national and religious minorities. Mnatsakanyan stressed that Armenia will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the friendly Syrian people for the benefit of regional peace and security. "It should be noted that in the joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member states" On the efforts of the ministers to stabilize the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, "the ministers referred to the humanitarian mission of Armenia in Syria, emphasizing its importance," the Foreign Ministry said.
The meeting participants also approved decisions on amendments to the CSTO regulatory legal acts, amendments to the CSTO CSC Rules of Procedure and the CSTO bodies' rules of procedure.