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Hate-filled extremism from beyond our borders will not divide Kazakhstan, by Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan

Posted on June 28, 2016 by KazCham

Financial Times

Sir, No country, as we have seen again tragically over the past few days, is immune from violence fuelled by hate and extremism. The terrorist attacks that took place in Aktobe (“Kazakh leader needs to address real grievances”, editorial, June 13) brought this home to Kazakhstan earlier this month.

Extremist violence is extremely rare in Kazakhstan. We are proud that, from a population made up of people from many different backgrounds, we have built a peaceful and stable society that lives in harmony together. It is why these attacks have shocked our country. While the attackers were local, it is now very clear that they were motivated by hate-filled extremism from beyond our borders. It is why Kazakhstan has been urging the international community to step up its collective efforts to counter both the threat from violent extremism and the distorted ideology on which it feeds.

This must include a renewed focus on intelligence co-operation and education. We must increase as well our efforts to tackle global poverty, promote development and find solutions to ongoing conflicts around the world. If the attackers had hoped to divide our country or undermine our progress, they have failed.

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