E.Idrissov holds a group meeting with ambassadors of Asian and African countries

Feb 10. MFA

E.Idrissov holds a group meeting with ambassadors of Asian and African countriesOn February 10, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov held a regular group meeting with ambassadors of Asian and African countries accredited in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The group meeting was implemented last year and already showed its worth as an effective and economical tool to raise awareness of foreign partnership about the achievements of Kazakhstan as well as the challenges of the foreign policy agenda.

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan informed the foreign diplomats about the main priorities of the development of Kazakhstan’s society at the present stage, determined by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in the new economic policy of Kazakhstan “Nurly Zhol”.

Paying attention to the problem of food security, the Minister urged to support Kazakhstan’s initiative to establish the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS). The idea of creating this organization was announced by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the framework of the 38th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Astana in 2011. In June, 2013 in Astana at a special meeting with the participation of 30 OIC Member States it was decided to create this organization with headquarters in Astana. Currently, the Charter of the organization has been signed by 21 OIC Member States.

“I hope that the countries that have signed the Charter of IOFS will ratify it as soon as possible to enable the Organization to begin its full activity. In addition, on this occasion, I would like to call upon the other Member States of the OIC to join IOFS “- said E.Idrissov

“I am confident that our joint efforts and cooperation within the organization will allow to carry out the coordination of efforts of Member States in the field of agriculture and food security, develop strategies and programs of development of agriculture, provide technical assistance to States in need, as well as take practical measures to combat hunger,” said the minister.

Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan informed diplomats about the work done by the Kazakh side. “The Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan developed an action plan on creation of IOFS. The work group of the two above-mentioned ministries, as well as interdepartmental work group chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan B.Sagintayev, now operate. The regulations of the organization are developed: the Rules of Procedure, Financial Rules and Regulations of Personnel Management. Funding issues are being solved,” he said.

During the meeting, he expressed the hope that major events, which Almaty, which was announced the capital of Islamic Culture Asian region in 2015, will host this year, will give an impulse to further develop Islamic spirituality, strengthen friendly relations, as well as support, coordinate and expand humanitarian ties and close cooperation between the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In this respect, Mr. Idrissov invited the ambassadors to take an active part in these events.

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan expressed concern about the increasing activities of various terrorist groups in the world and voiced the position of the country. “Kazakhstan strongly condemns terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations. Currently, Kazakhstan has joined 14 international universal instruments to combat terrorism and is conducting intrastate procedures to access four more. In this respect, in 2013-2014, Kazakhstan advanced the legislation in the field of counter-terrorism. Kazakhstan understands that combating terrorism and religious extremism should include not only force measures, but also deal with the causes and factors that generate it,” he concluded.

The meeting was attended by heads of diplomatic missions of Afghanistan, Vietnam, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, South Africa, Japan, and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation as the doyen of the diplomatic corps in Astana.