Central Asian region - current status and prospects
A conversation with H.E. Mr Chingiz Aidarbekov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic
Central Asia lies at the very heart of the Eurasian continent extending from the Caspian Sea in the west to the border of Western China in the east. It is bounded on the north by Russia and, on the south by Iran, Afghanistan, and China. Five countries - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan make up the region. Central Asia has acted as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between Europe, Western Asia, South Asia, and East Asia, and it does serve as such in modern days.
The Foreign Minister will reflect on cooperation between Central Asian countries, both bilaterally and within regional organizations, in particular, Commonwealth of Independent States, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Eurasian Economic Union, Collective Security Treaty Organization and others. He will also speak about regional security in Central Asia, especially with respect to close neighborhood to Afghanistan, as well as relations with China and Russia. Mr Aidarbekov will also share his views on other important topics related to Central Asian region from Kyrgyzstan's perspective.