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CIS countries to strengthen interaction to protect citizens during pandemic

On August 26, the XXVII meeting of the Advisory Council of Heads of Consular Services of the Foreign Ministries of CIS member states was held in the format of videoconferencing, the MFA press service reported.

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The Council meeting was attended by representatives of Azerbaijan (as an observer), Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the CIS Executive Committee.

During the meeting, the Council members discussed the issues of protecting the rights and interests of citizens of the participating states staying in the territories of the parties, providing them with legal assistance in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Realizing the relevance of the effective measures taken by the governments of participating states to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection, the need was noted to strengthen joint work in the field of protecting the rights and interests of citizens in the CIS territory, as well as the readiness for further cooperation in providing assistance to citizens of the parties.

The participants in the meeting also considered issues of further cooperation in the consular-legal sphere, identified tasks and promising areas of interaction between consular services of the CIS member states, as well as between the competent authorities of the states on the practical implementation of the provisions of international treaties and agreements.

Following the event, a protocol was signed, according to which the chairmanship of the Council of Heads of Consular Services of the CIS Foreign Ministries in 2021 was transferred to Armenia.

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