Face to face consultations of the Deputy Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member states were held in Moscow on topical issues of the Organization's activities
On March 31, this year, In Moscow, the Deputy Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member states held face to face consultations, in the course of which they discussed preparations for the meetings of the statutory bodies in April and May of this year, cooperation with third countries and international organizations, as well as the development of public diplomacy.
An interested exchange of views took place on a wide range of issues on the role and place of the CSTO in modern international architecture, popularizing the activities of the Organization and increasing its authority.
The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas took part in the consultations.
Taking into account the entry into force on January 19, 2021, of the documents establishing the statuses of the Partner and Observer under the CSTO, special attention was paid to the issue of establishing cooperation with interested countries and international organizations.
In his speech, the CSTO Secretary General noted that new opportunities were opening up to attract interested third countries and international organizations to interaction within the CSTO. “All necessary changes have been made to the Charter of the Organization. Now we have to determine the circle of states and international organizations that could apply for the status of the Observer under the CSTO or the CSTO Partner, as well as develop an algorithm for working with potential candidates,” he said.
Concerning the sphere of CSTO public diplomacy, Stanislav Zas noted that it was an integral part of official diplomacy and represented a set of measures that were carried out to systematically inform the public and political circles of the CSTO member states and third countries about the main directions of the CSTO activities, relying on the capabilities of civil society, at the national, regional and international levels.
“The practical goal of public diplomacy is to bring to the world community objective information about the CSTO, positioning on major international issues, and building a positive image of the Organization as an effective multifunctional international security structure in the Eurasian space. Ultimately, this goal is in promoting the multidimensional process of forming favorable external conditions for the safe and stable development of the CSTO member states,” Stanislav Zas said.
In the course of the consultations, issues of developing relations with the CIS and the SCO were also discussed.
The CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zaynetdinov