Kazakhstan was granted an observer status in the African Union

Nov 14. MFA

Kazakhstan was granted an observer status in the African UnionOn November 14, 2013 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Egypt Berik Aryn had a meeting with President of the African Union (AU), Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. During the meeting a letter was handed over to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov on his appointment as a Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the African Union.

According to the regulations of AU, with accreditation of the Ambassador, Kazakhstan was granted an observer status in this important international organization. The appropriate handling of our country was addressed to AU Commission in May 2013.

Today, the organization brings together 54 countries of the continent. Historically, it is the successor of the Organization of African Unity, founded in May 1963, which was renamed as an African Union in July 9, 2002.

More than 70 countries and international organizations have observer status at the AU, including Russia, the U.S., China and Japan, the European Union, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Committee of the Red Cross and many others.

This year, the African Union celebrated its 50th anniversary since its foundation. At the anniversary meeting in Addis Ababa on May 26-27 XXI named “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance” the priorities were identified: Pan-Africanism, the fight against the remaining forms of colonialism and the right of nations to self-determination, the intensification of the African Economic Community with the creation of the Continental Zone free trade, the fight against poverty, peace and security on the continent.

The observer status in this powerful and effective regional institution gives new opportunities for Kazakhstan to develop mutually beneficial economic and trade relations with African states and to significantly expand promotion of our foreign policy initiatives in the international arena.

During the meeting with the Kazakh diplomat N.D.Zuma noted that the entry into the African Union as an observer country of such an important member of the international community, as Kazakhstan, who led the impressive socio-economic and foreign policy successes, under the wise leadership of its President Nursultan Nazarbayev, opens broad prospects for enhancing cooperation between the countries of the continent with Astana and facilitates inter-regional cooperation between Africa and Central Asia.

At the headquarters of AU B.Aryn also met with Deputy Chairman Erastus Mvencha and the Secretary General of the Commission of the African Union Jean Mfasoni, as well as other representatives of the African Union.