On July 3, Minsk hosted celebrations dedicated to the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus, in which the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas took part. On July 2, he attended a solemn meeting dedicated to this holiday with the participation of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. On July 3 he laid flowers at the Victory Monument.
Also the celebrations were attended by the Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergey Lebedev, the State Secretary of the Union State of the Republic of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota and the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich..
The ceremonies were attended by the ambassadors of the CSTO member states.
Stanislav Zas also held talks with the heads of power structures of the Republic of Belarus on issues of interaction in the CSTO format.
The Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus (the Republic Day) is the main holiday of Belarusian statehood. It is celebrated annually on July 3 in honor of the liberation of the capital of the Republic of Belarus Minsk from Nazi invaders in 1944.
The decision to celebrate the Independence Day on July 3 was made during a republican referendum in 1996.
On the Independence Day, the Days of several Belarusian cities are also celebrated.
An offsite meeting of the Working Group on Afghanistan under the CSTO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs will be held in Dushanbe on October 28
On October 28-29, 2019 in Dushanbe, an offsite meeting of the Working Group on Afghanistan (WGA) under the CSTO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs with the participation of national coordinators for Afghanistan will be held.
Representatives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure and the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia are also invited to the meeting of the Working Group..
The meeting is expected to discuss issues related to the military-political situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, measures taken by the CSTO to minimize security threats of the Organization's member states emanating from the territory of this country, as well as approve a plan for further work of the Group.
In addition, on October 28, the participation of the Head of the WGA, the National Coordinator of the Kyrgyz Republic for Afghanistan, Sagyn Ibraev, is planned in the Coordination Meeting of the Chairmen of the Committees (Commissions) for Defense and Security of the Parliaments of the CSTO Member States.