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Belarus President taking part in CSTO Collective Security Council session

The CSTO Collective Security Council met on September 15 to discuss regional security. The meeting, which began just several hours ago, is attended by President Alexander Lukashenko as well as the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. 

The agenda includes the strengthening of military cooperation and the coordination of common approaches to respond to emerging challenges and threats. The leaders are set to sign more than a dozen documents following the session. Summit talks today were preceded by a joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Council of Defense Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Alexander Ivanovsky, First Prorector of the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus:
The situation around Afghanistan is changing and ISIL is active. In this situation, Tajikistan itself becomes the main target for destructive forces. But is essentially threatens security in Central Asia. In this sense, the CSTO countries are concerned about what is happening and are making every effort to maintain stability in the region. The meeting is of a practical nature and is vital not only for Central Asia but for Belarusians. Because ultimately it affects the interests of our partners.

President of Belarus arrived in Dushanbe yesterday. Alexander Lukashenko also met with the President of Tajikistan. The talks covered several topics: direct cooperation between countries as well as the international agenda. Both leaders expressed their commitment to continue cooperation.