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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V. Makei participates in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (fifth day)

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei took part in a working meeting of the foreign ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Member States (CSTO) under the presidency of Kyrgyzstan.

CSTO is a regional international organization established in 2002 and now comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. The main objective of the organization is to strengthen close and comprehensive relations in the foreign policy, military, military-technical spheres, coordination and joint efforts in combating international terrorism and other security threats.

The participants discussed the issues of cooperation during the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly and preparation for the upcoming meetings of the CSTO statutory bodies at high and highest levels. Foreign Minister of Belarus called on the CSTO member states to cooperate on such issues of the multilateral agenda as maintaining international peace and security, achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), combating human trafficking, promoting interests of middle-income countries, facilitating international efforts to combat terrorism. As an outcome of the meeting the ministers of foreign affairs of the CSTO member states signed a joint statement dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.

Jointly with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia S.Lavrov the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry opened a photo exhibition at the UN Headquarters dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the famous Soviet diplomat and statesman, a native of Belarus A. Gromyko. The UN Secretary-General A.Guterres attended the event.