Kazakh FM Specified Foreign Policy Priorities

Apr 24. MFA

Kazakh FM Specified Foreign Policy PrioritiesSpeaking at the Government Hour in the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan on April 23, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhanov reported on the foreign policy priorities, tasks and prospects for further development of Kazakhstan.

Addressing the meeting, Minister Kazykhanov noted that at the recent session of the Ministry’s board President Nursultan Nazarbayev defined the key directions and foreign policy priorities and gave the Ministry specific instructions for a period ahead.

“The strategic tasks set by the President at the end of the session were taken into consideration for further implementation. We will continue to work actively in the international organizations, first of all, in the UN. We make it our mission to turn Almaty into a sub-regional hub of multilateral diplomacy and open an office of the UN Secretariat in Almaty,” Yerzhan Kazykhanov said in the Majilis.

He also emphasized that Kazakhstan has set a goal to be elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018 and the UN Human Rights Council for 2013-2015.

Besides, the efforts on non-proliferation movement and strengthening of nuclear security remain one of the country’s most important foreign policy priorities.

“Kazakhstan’s presidency in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation provided an opportunity to implement another initiative of the country on the promotion of dialogue between the Muslim World and the West. We plan to use the gained experience in the promotion of modernizing contribution of our country in the development of dialogue of civilizations within the framework of the upcoming 4th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana,” Minister Kazykhanov said.

Another important foreign policy priority is the implementation of the “Green Bridge” Astana initiative and promotion of the Global Energy and Environmental Strategy aimed at resolving the existing energy issues. These initiatives will be brought up for discussion at the RIO+20 Conference in Brazil in June this year.

“A special emphasis is also placed on the upcoming Astana Economic Forum which is expected to address the President’s “G global” idea on overcoming the global crisis,” the Minister said.

Also, in accordance with the President’s instructions, the work on the promotion of Astana’s bid to host the EXPO-2017 will be continued.

“The Ministry will work out conceptual approaches and practical measures on the development of the Asian vector of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy taking into consideration the tasks set by the President. Our main goal is to work out a new trade, economic and investment strategy of Kazakhstan in regard to the Asian states,” Kazykhanov emphasized.

It is worth noting that the relations of Kazakhstan with its strategic partners such as Russia, China, the US, as well as other Central Asian and the European Union member states are dynamically developing at present.

This year, we mark the 20th anniversary of the initiative of the Kazakh President on convening the CICA, which embraces 24 member states with the number of population exceeding three million people. In accordance with the instructions of the President, the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan has already started working to transform the Conference into the Organization. This idea is planned to be discussed at the upcoming CICA Council of Foreign Ministers in Astana in autumn this year. The results of the discussion will be included into the agenda of the 4th CICA Summit scheduled for 2014.

Another strategic task is ensuring security and stability in Central Asian region. “We will continue developing multilateral cooperation in order to promote integration processes for future establishment of the Union of Central Asian States proposed by President Nazarbayev,” Yerzhan Kazykhanov concluded.