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Central Asian Foreign Ministers to meet in Japan

7 November 2012

http://en.tengrinews.kz of 11/7/2012 - Kazakhstan Foreign Minister will go to Japan to meet with his colleagues from Central Asia, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the official representative of Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry Altay Abibullayev.

"Fourth meeting of Foreign Ministers will be held in Tokyo on November 10 under the Central Asia+Japan dialog. The meeting will be attended by Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Japan. Kazakhstan delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov," Altay Abibullayev said.
According to him, they are going to discuss regional cooperation, interaction of Central Asian states with Japan in environmental protection, healthcare, energy, trade and investments, regional security, as well as a joint statement on new approach to cooperation under the said dialog.
"The event will include meetings of Kazakhstan Foreign Minister with Japanese Prime-Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano, as well as Foreign Minister of Central Asian states," Abibullayev said.
The parties will also discuss rational use and management of water and energy resources, development of the transit and technical potential of the region, improvement of the region's ecology, implementation of new energy-saving technologies and development of renewable energy sources.
The official representative reminded that Japanese delegation led by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano visited Kazakhstan in May 2012 and took part in the work of the 5th Astana Economic Forum. Altay Abibullayev also noted that such mechanism of consultations is important for each Central Asian country to establish partnership relations with Japan and for enhancement of multilateral interaction in the region.
Central Asia + Japan Dialog was initiated by Japan during the visit of Japanese Foreign Minister to Central Asian countries in 2004. The first meeting of the Foreign Minister was held in Astana on August 28, 2004. It was followed by a meeting in Tokyo on June 5, 2006. The third meeting was held in Tashkent in 2010.