During the visit, Peter Burian held bilateral meetings with senior Kyrgyz leadership, including President Sadyr Japarov, First Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers Aibek Dzhunushaliev, Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev and Chairwomen of the Central Election Committee Nurjan Shaildabekova.
The sides discussed EU-Kyrgyz Republic cooperation in all areas of mutual interest, including bilateral as well as regional political dialogues and development cooperation. Current political processes in the Kyrgyz Republic, fight against Covid-19 pandemic, state of play in human rights and freedoms, investment and businesses climate and regional issues were also discussed.
Along with the issues of bilateral cooperation, the EUSR for Central Asia spoke with counterparts about progress, opportunities and challenges in implementation of the EU Strategy on Central Asia for strengthening resilience and prosperity, with focus on key priorities – rule of law, digitalisation, education, health, transition to green economies, and sustainable connectivity. Also important regional events for strengthening interregional cooperation – EU CA Economic Forum, EU CA Civil Society Forum were touched upon.
In Bishkek, apart from bilateral meetings, EUSR Burian met with representatives of the local civil society and diplomatic community.
EUSR Burian also visited Naryn region to meet with local authorities of Naryn city, EU funded project partners and beneficiaries He paid a visit to University of Central Asia Naryn campus, where he met university’s leadership and students.
This was a final visit of Ambassador Burian to the Kyrgyz Republic in his capacity as the EU Special Representative to Central Asia. His mandate ends on 30 June this year.
Photo made by press service of Kyrgyz president