European Council adopts new strategy for Central Asia


BRUSSELS -- The European Council Monday (June 17) adopted a new European Union (EU) strategy on Central Asia, according to its website.

The EC lays down general policy directions for the EU.

The council welcomed the strengthening of relations between the EU and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan since the adoption of the first EU strategy for Central Asia in 2007.

EU co-operation with Central Asia takes many forms, including the Border Management Programme in Central Asia.

The new strategy focuses on promoting resilience, prosperity and regional co-operation in Central Asia.

The council highlighted its commitment to conclude and implement Enhanced Partnership and Co-operation Agreements with the interested countries of the region.

It added that it looks forward to increased co-operation with Central Asian countries to promote sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based Euro-Asian connectivity.

The council also emphasised the joint interest of the EU and of Central Asian states in promoting peace in Afghanistan.

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