The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, has met with the Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Ruslan Kazakbaev.
Minister Di Maio firstly expressed his appreciation for the Kyrgyz decision to open an Embassy in Rome, which will enable bilateral relations to be deepened in every sense. Minister Kazakbaev expressed his deep appreciation for the Italian decision to indicate Kyrgyzstan as a priority country for the donation of doses of the anti-Covid 19 vaccine.
In view of the Italy-Central Asia Conference in the C5+1 format, scheduled to take place in Samarkand on 8 December, the conversation then focussed on the Central Asian region, particularly the situation in Afghanistan.
Minister Di Maio also expressed the hope that the reform process in Kyrgyzstan will have a positive effect on the strengthening of the rule of law and on the protection of human rights in that country, recalling in particular the traditional Italian commitment to a moratorium on capital punishment.
At the end of the meeting, the Ministers signed a number of bilateral agreements on collaboration between their Foreign Ministries and in the fields of education, science and agriculture.