On November 10, 2017, the regular Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the countries of Central Asia and the European Union took place in Samarkand city of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
Participants in the meeting discussed a wide range of issues, including regional cooperation and security, the economic development of the Central Asian region, the prospects for relations between the countries of Central Asia and the European Union, as well as other regional and international issues. The Ministers agreed on the importance of continuing the cooperation of the countries of the region with the European Union in order to increase the economic, transit and transport potential of the countries of Central Asia, which depends on the successful implementation of programs aimed at the improvement of investment climate, ensuring sustainable economic growth, effective border management, human development through enhancement of quality of education and support of small and medium-sized businesses and employment.
The ministers adopted a Joint communiqué following the meeting.