GUAM member states and the US also have a common position on creating a broad security area in order to protect peace, stability and security in the region.
Moreover, the joint statement expresses interest in further development of mutually beneficial cooperation between the US and GUAM member countries.
The GUAM format was created by post-Soviet states in 1997 during the summit of heads of the EU states in Strasbourg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the format and four years later withdrew.
In 2006, Ukraine and Azerbaijan announced plans to further increase the GUAM member relations and established its headquarters in Kyiv.
Georgia has been chairing GUAM since January 1, 2016.
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