Heads of Parliaments Held Number of Bilateral Meetings on Margins of Autumn Session
20 November 2023
On 16 November 2023, meetings of the Heads of the CIS parliaments were held within the framework of the IPA CIS Autumn Session in Bishkek. The results and plans of the Assembly's work, development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, strengthening of economic and interregional cooperation between the CIS countries were discussed.
Chairperson of the IPA CIS Council, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko met with Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlanbek Shakiev.
During the meeting, the both sides noted the positive dynamics in the development of the Russian-Kyrgyz cooperation, mutual interest in expanding the full range of the cooperation.
During the meeting with Speaker of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Natalya Kochanova, the issues of strengthening the bilateral cooperation, development of integration processes within the CIS and the parliamentary cooperation were raised.
Prospects of the bilateral multifaceted cooperation, development of humanitarian relations were discussed with Speaker of the Majlisi Milli of the Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan Rustami Emomali. The sides noted that the relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan have the character of strategic partnership and alliance.
At the meeting with Speaker of the Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic Sahiba Gafarova attention was focused on expanding economic and humanitarian cooperation. The sides highlighted the regularity and effectiveness of the parliamentary dialogue, which brings practical benefits for both countries.
During the meeting with Speaker of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Maulen Ashimbayev the allied character of bilateral relations was highlighted. The official visit of the Russian President to Kazakhstan which resulted in the signing of a Joint Statement on the 10th anniversary of the Agreement between Russia and Kazakhstan on Good-Neighbourly Relations and Alliance in the 21st Century, gave a strong impact to their cooperation. The document sets strategic goals for the promotion of the Russian-Kazakh cooperation and approves a joint action plan which defines specific areas of cooperation for the next three years.
The Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation stressed that two initiatives of the leadership of Kazakhstan — the Establishment of the International Organisation for the Russian Language, as well as the proposal to establish the categories of observer countries and partner countries within the Commonwealth were supported by the CIS MPs.
During bilateral meetings with her colleagues Valentina Matvienko reminded that Russia will chair the CIS in 2024. She also invited to work together to improve the effectiveness of the Commonwealth's parliamentary institutions.
During the meeting Natalya Kochanova and Nurlanbek Shakiev discussed issues of increasing political-economic, cultural and humanitarian relations and expanding interparliamentary cooperation.
Natalya Kochanova expressed the need to open direct flights to promote exchange between citizens, emphasized that cooperation in the field of education remains a key priority, and informed Nurlanbek Shakiev about the upcoming important political events in the country.
Natalya Kochanova discussed with Speaker of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbayeva the realization of new projects in the areas of regional development, strengthening business relations between the two countries.
Maulen Ashimbayev and Nurlanbek Shakiev exchanged views on aspects of expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation. The sides noted the high level of cooperation in the educational sphere.
Maulen Ashimbayev and Tanzila Narbayeva paid special attention to the effectiveness of the work of the interparliamentary commission between the upper chambers of the Parliaments of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Maulen Ashimbayev and Rustami Emomali also met on the margins of the session.