NEW YORK -- Central Asian and US officials held a C5+1 ministerial meeting ahead of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, Kazinform reported Monday (September 23).
The conference took place in New York Sunday (September 22).
"C5+1 is a platform that brings together the five states of Central Asia and the United States to discuss and work on issues of common concern", according to the US government.
The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the Turkmen ambassador to the United States, conferred with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other US officials on a number of topics.
They included ways to expand trade and investment as well as integration processes.
Pompeo noted the challenges facing the Central Asian countries on regional security.
"We must absolutely work together on counter-terrorism, especially on the difficult but critical task of returning, prosecuting, and reintegrating foreign terrorist fighters and their families," said Pompeo, according to a US State Department statement.
"We don't want terrorists or drug traffickers to be able to cross your borders with impunity," he added. "Greater co-operation on this issue with Central Asia and with Afghanistan will help guarantee the security of your nations and your people."