Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov speak to each other during a meeting of the Council of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Heads of Government in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
MINSK - The next meeting of the Council of the Heads of the CIS States, which was expected to be held in early November, will be held in Ashgabat on December 5, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev said after meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on Tuesday.
"The Turkmen president has backed the proposal to hold the next meeting of the Council of the Heads of the CIS States in Ashgabat on December 5. A traditional meeting of the Council of the Foreign Ministers of the CIS States will be held in Ashgabat on December 4," Lebedev was quoted as saying in a report posted on the CIS Executive Committee Web site.
"Now we will be preparing for these forums together with all Turkmen structures. I am deeply convinced that they will be fruitful," he said.
Lebedev said the Executive Committee is in close contact with the administrations of all CIS countries and is discussing preparations for the upcoming forums.
"These working contacts have caused the CIS Executive Committee to make a decision to work more thoroughly on the documents that will be discussed at the upcoming forums, and therefore somewhat postpone them," Lebedev said.
"I am deeply convinced that this thorough preparation will enable us to hold the upcoming forums at a better and higher level in terms of organization and content," Lebedev said.