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CIS Foreign Ministers Meet In Tashkent

Foreign ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have met in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

The Russian Foreign Ministry says the CIS Foreign Ministers' Council is focusing on foreign policy coordination, educational programs, cooperation against crimes related to information technology, and a draft resolution on the expansion of tourism between the countries.

The ministry says priority will be given to humanitarian cooperation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is attending the meeting with his CIS counterparts.

The CIS was established in December 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Nine former Soviet republics are full members of the commonwealth.

Belarus is currently chairing the organization.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Kazinform