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India’s External Affairs Minister has attended the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures(CICA) Ministerial 2021 in Kazakhstan.
What is the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures(CICA)?
CICA is a multinational forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.
The idea of convening CICA was first proposed by the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1992, at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Members: To be a member of CICA, a state must have at least a part of its territory in Asia. Presently, CICA has 27 Member States, accounting for nearly ninety percent of the territory and population of Asia. India has been a member since its inception in 1999.
Summits: The CICA Heads of the State Summit is convened every four years in order to conduct consultations, review the progress of, and set priorities for CICA activities. The Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs is required to be held every two years.
Secretariat: The CICA Secretariat is located in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Current Chairman: The current chairman of CICA is Kazakhstan.
Source: This post is based on the article “Jaishankar urges CICA foreign ministers to ensure Afghan soil not used for supporting terrorism” published in TOI on 12th October 2021.