BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 16. US President Joe Biden is expected to meet leaders of five Central Asian countries, Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor, said during a briefing at the White House, TurkicWorld reports.
"The President will also meet with the presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. This will be the first-ever C5+1 presidential summit. The C5+1 actually began in 2015. It has been strengthened in the years since. And now we will see it come together at the leaders level for the first time," Sullivan said.
He noted that this inaugural presidential summit will allow to discuss a range of issues, from regional security, to trade and connectivity, to climate change, and ongoing reforms to improve governance and the rule of law.
The meeting will take place in New York, but its exact date is yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, in February this year, US State Secretary Antony Blinken participated in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Central Asian countries in Kazakhstan's Astana.