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  HE GCCSG: The 2nd Ministerial Meeting for the Strategic Dialogue Between the GCC and Central Asian Countries Aims to Consolidate the Basis of Joint Action for the Strategic Dialogue and Develop Mechanisms for Consultation and Cooperation Between Them

General Secretariat – Tashkent
His Excellency Mr. Jasem Mohamed Abudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), has confirmed that the second ministerial meeting of the strategic dialogue between the Cooperation Council countries and the countries of Central Asia, which took place on Monday (April 15, 2024), aims to strengthen the foundation of joint action for the strategic dialogue and develop mechanisms for consultation and cooperation between the two sides.

This came during HE the Secretary General’s speech at the second ministerial meeting of the strategic dialogue between the GCC countries and the countries of Central Asia, held in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, and headed by His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and President of the current session of the Ministerial Council, and His Excellency Mr Bakhtiyor Saidov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Present in the meeting were Their Highnesses and Excellencies the Foreign Ministers of the Cooperation Council and the Central Asian countries.

At the beginning of his speech, HE the Secretary General expressed his delight at the holding of the second ministerial meeting of the strategic dialogue between the GCC and the countries of Central Asia, in the city of Tashkent, extending his gratitude to the leadership, government and people of the Republic of Uzbekistan for their generous hospitality and warm reception.

In his speech, His Excellency noted the multiple reasons for the importance of this meeting, as he stated that there are two main reasons that distinguish this joint ministerial meeting and make it among the most important and accurate meetings. 

The first reason is that it is the first of its kind, following the historic summit hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah City in July 2023, which brought together the leaders of the Cooperation Council countries and the leaders of the Central Asian countries to establish the frameworks for future cooperation between both sides.

Additionally, this meeting comes in preparation for the second summit between the GCC countries and the Central Asian countries scheduled to be held in Samarkand next year. 

HE the Secretary General further said that the second reason is the unprecedented developments and state of uncertainty in many political, economic, security, and even social matters and issues that the international community is facing, which require intensifying communication and coordination in an effort to resolve these issues and confront any negative repercussions that may emerge that could affect all parties.

Moreover, His Excellency also stated that the GCC General Secretariat hosted the first ministerial meeting of the strategic dialogue between the Cooperation Council and the countries of Central Asia in September 2022, with the participation of Their Highnesses and Excellencies the Foreign Ministers of the member states and the countries of Central Asia. 

He mentioned that the meeting issued a joint statement confirming the commitment of the parties participating in it to establish a strong and ambitious partnership based on common values, interests, and historical ties.

 It also mentioned the exchange of views between the two sides on regional and international issues, emphasising the importance of coordinating their positions and addressing common priorities.

His excellency also stated that during the meeting, the joint cooperation action plan for the period 2023-2027 was approved, explaining that this plan includes strengthening cooperation in various fields, such as political and security dialogue, economic, trade, and investment cooperation, as well as cooperation in the fields of education, health, culture, media, youth, and sports.

During his speech, His Excellency recalled the meetings held by the General Secretariat in implementation of the outcomes of the first strategic dialogue of the GCC and the countries of Central Asia. This included the first meeting of those concerned in the field of economy, trade, and investment, as well as the first meeting of those concerned in the field of culture and media, in addition to the first meeting of those concerned in the health field, besides the first meeting of those concerned in the field of youth and sports between the GCC countries and the countries of Central Asia.

HE the Secretary General also pointed out the necessity of consultation on political, regional and international issues, as well as on matters related to trade, investment, culture, education, scientific and technical research, environment and health, to find common visions on these issues.

In conclusion, His Excellency highlighted the direction of the GCC partnership with the countries of Central Asia, which is built on the following foundations and rules: ensuring joint success, establishing effective partnerships, enhancing exchange and communication between peoples, opening markets and elevating economic activities, working to save energy and its flow, and striving towards strengthening the digital economy.