MINSK, June 8 (BelTA) – Minsk hosted a regular meeting of the consultative council of heads of consular services of foreign ministries of CIS member states on June 7, BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee. . .
The videoconference meeting brought together representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the CIS Executive Committee. Representatives from Turkmenistan participated in the council meeting as observers for the first time.
The conference participants exchanged views on the application of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 24 April 1963, the implementation of the Convention on Legal Assistance and Judicial Relations in Civil Matters , family and penal of January 22, 1993 and other conventions, including bilateral consular conventions signed by the member states of the CIS.
The participants of the meeting recognized the need to exchange relevant information between the authorized bodies of the CIS member states on matters within their competence and to ensure mutual recognition of documents issued by them within the framework of the relevant provisions agreements. They recommended intensifying direct cooperation and inter-ministerial cooperation between the parties to the conventions using modern channels of communication, including within the framework of the judicial authorities of the CIS member states. The parties have agreed to continue updating the list of competent authorities authorized to communicate in the context of the implementation of these agreements.
The participants of the meeting also discussed the protection of citizens’ rights and interests, support and assistance to people temporarily staying, studying and working in the CIS member states.
The next meeting of the Advisory Council of Heads of Consular Services of Ministries of Foreign Affairs of CIS Member States will be held in Kyrgyzstan in 2023.