Vice FM Zhigalov: OSCE presidency a serious challenge for Kazakh diplomacy

November 20. KAZINFORM. ASTANA

Gulnara Zhandagulova

Vice FM Zhigalov: OSCE presidency a serious challenge for Kazakh diplomacy“The Foreign Ministry considers the OSCE presidency to be a serious challenge for the Kazakh diplomacy”, Vice Foreign Minister Konstantin Zhigalov has said today at the symposium on modernization of the state administration system held at the Academy of Public Administration in Astana.     

As the Vice Minister noted, Kazakhstan will be the first CIS member state to chair the Organization as well as the first country eastward from Vienna, the country with mainly Muslim population that will head a European organization – one of the most authoritative in the world. In this regard, Kazakhstan is under special attention of the world community. “For those countries of Europe that have already chaired the Organization, it was not such a great challenge as it is for us”, K.Zhigalov said.

As the Kazakh Vice Minister noted, the situation in the world is complicated. “In this regard, Kazakhstan is going to work in the condition of global economic crisis, complicated protracted conflicts on the territory of the Organization and current potential conflicts”, he said.

Besides, he said that the main principle of the country at the post is to be an honest, impartial chair of the Organization. According to the Vice Minister, despite the fact that Kazakhstan is a member of the CSTO, CIS and a range of other organizations, we take into consideration our national interests and interests of our strategic partners.       

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Next year OSCE to decide how to respond new challenges and threats – Kazakh Vice FM

November 20. KAZINFORM. ASTANA

Gulnara Zhandagulova

Next year the OSCE will have to decide how to respond new challenges and threats. Kazakh Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Konstantin Zhigalov has said today in Astana.

“Next year is very special – the 35th anniversary of the OSCE, 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen document, 65th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. Thus the organization will have to revise the results of work and decide how to react on modern challenges and threats”, the Vice Minister said.

He noted that laying emphasis on tolerance Kazakhstan does not intend to neglect other important issues of humanitarian dimension: human rights, democracy, gender equality and etc. “It’s no coincidence that Kazakhstan will be a co-sponsor of such a big event as the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen document”, he emphasized.

“One of the main activities in this direction will be holding of a universal conference on tolerance in June-July 2010 in Astana”, K. Zhigalov added.

http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2214368

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Kazakhstan to invest $50mln in educational program for Afghanistan

November 20. KAZINFORM. ASTANA

Gulnara Zhandagulova

Within the framework of chairmanship in the OSCE the Government of Kazakhstan is preparing a USD 50-million educational program for Afghanistan. Kazakh Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Konstantin Zhigalov has made it public today.

“On the first stage of chairmanship in the OSCE Kazakhstan will pay most attention to Afghanistan”, K. Zhigalov said.

As the Vice Minister informed, Kazakh Secretary of State – Minister of Foreign Affairs Kanat Saudabayev will visit Kabul on November 22. The opportunities of the educational program prepared by the Kazakh Government for Afghanistan will be considered there. He noted that the program’s fund of USD 50 million is designed for several years. 

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