On May 12, 2021, in Xi’an, China, on the initiative of the Chinese side, the Second Ministerial Meeting “Central Asia – China” was held. During the meeting, the heads of the foreign ministries exchanged views on cooperation in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, restoring economies, maintaining regional security and enhancing international interaction.
The Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, noted that due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the world community faced serious economic and social difficulties. The created conditions dictate the need for more effective measures to be taken in the framework of the Central Asia and China format to jointly respond to the humanitarian and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. In this regard, S. Muhriddin called on the member states of the mechanism to unite in the fight against the consequences of the pandemic by using all existing resources and capabilities.
The Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian countries expressed gratitude to the Chinese Government for its timely assistance in the fight against Covid-19, and also reaffirmed their readiness to jointly achieve the final eradication of coronavirus infection in China and Central Asia.
Touching upon the issues of further development of regional cooperation, S. Muhriddin noted that it is necessary to expand cooperation in the fields of investment, energy, industry and agriculture, as well as in the transport and communication field.
Stressing the importance of cooperation between the countries of the region in the field of security, the parties noted that for sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan, which are key factor in ensuring security in the region, it is necessary to give priority to the social and economic rehabilitation of this country.
As a result of the event, the Foreign Ministers adopted a Joint Statement of the Second Ministerial Meeting “Central Asia and China” on the further strengthening of interregional cooperation, a Memorandum on the establishment of a format for meetings of Foreign Ministers “Central Asia – China”, a Joint Statement of the Second Ministerial Meeting “Central Asia and China” on cooperation in combating Covid-19; and the Central Asia-China Foreign Ministers’ Joint Statement on Afghanistan.