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Working meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan

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On June 25, 2021, in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the city of Nur-Sultan, a meeting took place of the adviser / head of the Information and Analytical Division of CARICC A.A. Erkaboev with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan to discuss issues of expanding cooperation with CARICC and providing assistance in finding additional funding for its activities.

Deputy Director of the Department of International Security of the MFA A. Tanalinov, Head of the Department for Combating Drug Crimes of the MIA I. Kantserov, as well as employees of Kazakhstan foreign affairs agency took part in the meeting on behalf of the Kazakh side.

The representative of CARICC briefly informed about the current activities of the Center, as one of the large-scale and significant projects of the UNODC in Central Asia, the drug situation in the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan, as well as the analytical work of the Center, including its improvement.

Mr. A. Tanalinov emphasized the importance of CARICC functioning in the region as a tool to combat international drug trafficking. Also, he noted the progressive development of the Center, the anti-drug operations "Channel" (CSTO) and "Web" (SCO) carried out on its basis, which were highly appreciated by international experts and organizations.

In order to continue funding CARICC from the main donor - the United States, Mr. A. Tanalinov noted the need to study through diplomatic channels with the Tajik side the issue of revising its position on the entry of Afghanistan and Turkey as full members of CARICC.

The Kazakh diplomat also announced the readiness of the Japanese side in the resumption of funding for CARICC from 2022 (from the beginning of the new financial year).

In addition, during the meeting, an exchange of views took place on the consideration and signing of the draft Agreement on the Exchange and Protection of Secret Information CARICC (SOZSI), as well as discussed a number of current and problematic issues related to the activities of CARICC.

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