On April 14, the sixth gathering of foreign ministers from Central Asian nations and Russia convened in Samarkand.

At the gathering, it was decided to designate Samarkand as the Cultural Capital of the CIS in 2024, while Tashkent will be recognized as the Youth Capital of the CIS the same year.

“It seems to me that this is a vivid evidence of the republic’s active participation in the cooperation within the CIS and a sign of respect for our Uzbek friends,” CIS Secretary General Sergey Lebedev said.

Furthermore, the assembly endorsed a proposed resolution to create an Olympic event for children with disabilities, set to take place every four years. The inaugural winter competition is slated for 2024, with the first summer edition to follow in 2026.