On 4 April 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a briefing for representatives of domestic and foreign media to inform them on the upcoming regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS CFM).
Speaking to reporters, Deputy Foreign Minister Anvar Nasyrov said that among those who officially confirmed their participation in the session on April 7 are foreign ministers Edward Nalbandian of Armenia, Vladimir Makei of Belarus, Kairat Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan, Erlan Abdyldaev of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sergei Lavrov of Russia, Sirojidin Aslov of Tajikistan, as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee – CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev.
Azerbaijan, Moldova and Turkmenistan will be represented in the forthcoming meeting at the level of deputy foreign ministers.
The mechanism of the Council of Foreign Ministers in the activities of the CIS plays a special role and is the main executive body, which, on the basis of decisions of the Council of Heads of State and the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth, ensures coordination of interaction of participating states in foreign policy on issues of common interest.
Sessions of the Council of CIS Foreign Ministers are a key stage in preparation for the meetings of the Council of Heads of Government and the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth and are held twice a year. This year, regular meetings of the heads of state are due in Moscow in October, and also in Kazan in May and in Ashgabat in November.
The agenda of the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of the CIS member nations includes drafts of 16 documents, 10 of which are expected to be approved for further consideration by the Council of Heads of State and the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth.