The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to visit Central Asia

Bern, Press releases, 19.11.2014

The Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Didier Burkhalter, will visit five countries in Central Asia, a region where the OSCE has a strong presence, from Wednesday to Saturday. Mr Burkhalter will visit Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, where he will have discussions on the three dimensions of the OSCE's work: the politico-military dimension, the economic and environmental dimension, and the human dimension.

Didier Burkhalter, with the Uzbek Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov.
Didier Burkhalter, with the Uzbek Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov. (21 November 2014) FDFA

Mr Burkhalter will also discuss bilateral and multilateral relations with Switzerland with his various interlocutors. Each of these Central Asian countries has been working closely together with Switzerland within the Bretton Woods institutions. The five countries are part of the Swiss voting constituencies in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The talks will also focus on development assistance projects supported by Switzerland in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. In addition, three memorandums of understanding establishing a framework for diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will be signed. Mr Burkhalter's trip will also be an opportunity to take stock of economic relations.

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