Kazakhstan hosted a security summit Saturday, calling for closer international cooperation on security, political and economic policies in the region.
Opening the second summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said countries in Asia should work more closely to foster security, political stability and economic development.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the gathering should reinforce cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism.
Chinese President Hu Jintao also stressed the importance of economic development and said a peaceful, multicultural approach should be taken in the region.
The one-day summit was expected to end with the adoption of a joint declaration establishing a secretariat for the organization.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.