Federica Mogherini arrived in Bishkek and took part in the first EU forum – Central Asia. She stated that the Central Asian region is experiencing a “time of opportunity”.
The European Union continues to pursue a strategy to expand partnership with the countries of Central Asia, approved by the European Commission in May. On Saturday, July 6, the representatives of the EU and the two Central Asian states successfully completed the negotiations on the conclusion of a new agreement on expanded partnership and cooperation, according to the website of the European Union Foreign Ministry.
EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini arrived in Kyrgyzstan to participate in the first EU Forum – Central Asia. She held talks on bilateral cooperation with Kirygiziya’s foreign minister, ChingizAydarbekov. The agreement before signing will be reviewed by the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan and will pass the procedure of coordination in the structures of the European Union.
On the same day, Ashgabat signed an agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community on the creation and privileges and immunities of the Delegation of the European Union in Turkmenistan on the website of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.
“Central Asia, as everyone already understands, is not the periphery of other regions. You are at the crossroads of continents and cultures. And clearly not to be a chessboard for external forces and geopolitical games,” Mogherini emphasized. She noted that the region is experiencing a “time of opportunity,” and the European Union, “always present here in difficult times,” does not want to miss the opportunity to strengthen the partnership during positive developments.
“We, Europeans, are not here for geopolitical interests or games. You know this well. We are here because we believe in the potential of this region, and, most importantly, in the potential of the people of this region,” the EU representative said.