Parliamentarians, representatives of governments, experts from institutes of strategic studies from Central Asia and Afghanistan, as well as regional inter-parliamentary structures gathered in Tashkent on 11-12 September 2018 to discuss the role of parliaments in engaging Afghanistan in Central Asian cooperation frameworks through preventive diplomacy. The event was organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) as a tenth annual “Strategic Dialogue” meeting.
Seminar participants discussed, among others, the important role of parliamentarians in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, regional practice of parliamentary engagement with Afghanistan, the efforts of Central Asian parliaments in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the important role of female parliamentarians in mediation and negotiation.
The representatives of Afghanistan have underlined the importance of inter-parliamentary dialogue in order to address challenges to stability and security that are common for Central Asia and Afghanistan.
TURKPA Deputy Secretary General Mr. Ali Yıldız attended the seminar and moderated the session on ‘The role of the current regional parliamentary cooperation in implementation of preventive diplomacy and the role of Afghanistan in the political development of Central Asia”. Mr. Yıldız in his remarks informed the participants on the structure and activities of TURKPA and emphasized that Assembly’s primary goal is to render assistance in further development of political dialogue among the countries bound by ethnic, cultural and historical ties within the Turkic world and create a favourable condition for elaboration and implementation of different initiatives having the purpose of maintaining regional and global security by means of parliamentary diplomacy. Thus, TURKPA creates an excellent platform towards the result-oriented approach and achieving practical results stemming from more flexible dialogue at the regional level.
The event provided an opportunity to exchange experience and good practices in regional parliamentary cooperation and addressing internal and external threats to security and stability through specific tools, mechanisms and platforms.