Regional cooperative formats are gaining importance in recent years [PHOTO]

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By Vugar Khalilov

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said regional cooperation formats have gained importance in recent years, reports Azernews, citing the ministry.

Bayramov made the remarks during a meeting with the executive director of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Kayrat Saribay, on July 6, the report added.

Welcoming the executive director, the head of diplomacy said that Azerbaijan values ​​cooperation within the framework of the CICA. He added that the importance of regional cooperation formats has come to the fore in the current period.

Tripartite cooperation formats executed with the participation of Azerbaijan, including the recent meeting of foreign and transport ministers of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey in Baku, were highlighted in this regard. The importance of transport connectivity, as well as the development of the Middle East-West Corridor, was highlighted.

Saribay, for his part, remarked that the program of visits to Azerbaijan is fascinating and discussions with key institutions are valuable in terms of receiving in-depth information on vital topics for the CICA. He was pleased to see that Azerbaijan is still actively engaged in the framework of the CICA.

Describing transport connectivity as one of the most pressing concerns for CICA, Saribay pointed out that Azerbaijan was chosen for its positive stance in this regard.

The parties discussed the transformation of the CICA, the orientation of the institution’s activities on issues of common interest and current concerns, preparations for the next summit and regional issues during the meeting.

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) is a multinational forum aimed at promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. The forum was founded on the premise that peace, security and stability in Asia and the rest of the world are inextricably linked.

While expressing their commitment to the Charter of the United Nations, Member States believe that discussion and collaboration can lead to a single indivisible area of ​​security in Asia, where all States coexist peacefully and their peoples live in peace, freedom and prosperity.

The Declaration on the Principles Governing the Relations between the Member States of the CICA, adopted at the First Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Almaty on September 14, 1999, and the Act of Almaty, the Charter of the CICA, adopted at the first summit held in Almaty on June 4, 2002, are the two founding documents of the ICCA. These two publications served as a springboard for the future development of the CICA.

The CICA Secretariat, the administrative body of the organization, is based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The Executive Director is appointed by the presiding nation, as are the Deputy Executive Director and professional staff, who are seconded by member states.

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