Prospects of Kazakhstan’s OIC chairmanship discussed in Brussels


Dimash Syzdykov

Prospects of Kazakhstan's OIC chairmanship discussed in BrusselsConference on the prospects of Kazakhstan’s presidency over the Organization of the Islamic Conference was held in Brussels on Monday.

Its main purpose was to discuss the issues of dialogue between East and West during the period of Kazakhstan’s OIC chairmanship.

Kazakh Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Head of Kazakhstan’s Mission to the EU and NATO Yerik Utembayev noted that Kazakhstan starts the chairmanship of the Ministerial Conference of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in exceptionally difficult time. “Now is the time of considerable turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, and it coincided with the period of unrest in the Arab world. Many OIC countries with great difficulty are recovering from the effects of the global economic crisis and recession. In fact, this crisis pushed back the social and economic development of their people by several decades. The increase in prices for wheat, rice, sugar and meat has caused a massive food crisis. Half a billion starving people is the reality of the modern world,” the diplomat stressed.

Conference participants were briefed on the preparations for the 38th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC in Astana in June. They also discussed the interaction of international organizations in countering contemporary challenges and threats, and promotion of the ideas of religious tolerance and dialogue among civilizations.

The forum was organized by the European Institute of International Relations and Kazakh Embassy in Belgium.