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Hate-filled extremism from beyond our borders will not divide Kazakhstan, by Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan 0

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.

Kazakhstan’s experience can help promote greater understanding at UN Security Council, by Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan 0

Posted on May 16, 2016 by KazCham

Financial Times blogs

As a strategically vital trade hub and home to nearly 70m people, Central Asia has for too long lacked representation at the top table of global politics.

To date, no Central Asian country has sat on the UN Security Council. This is despite the increasing prominence of the area, not just as a geopolitical player, but as an emerging power with its own unique identity, relationships and above all experiences. This June will see the decision of the UN General Assembly on five non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018. We hope that Kazakhstan will be given the honour of being one of these new members.

As we approach the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence this year, we can feel proud of the remarkable progress our country has made. Impressive economic growth since our independence, harmonious culture that includes more than 100 ethnic groups and 17 religions, as well as a welcoming attitude to new friends and opportunities, have led us to the position where we are ready to assume new responsibilities as part of the global community.

Our position, both physical and symbolic, as the bridge between West and East, Europe and Asia, has given us a unique perspective on diffusing tensions and building relations that we feel would greatly benefit all states looking for peace and prosperity.

This perspective has led to the development of our consistent and multi-vector foreign policy, focusing on developing relations with all countries and international organizations. We have demonstrated this by acting as a mediator on complex international issues and facilitating dialogue between opposing states.

In major international crises in Ukraine and Iran we have been proud to contribute towards peaceful conclusions. In 2014 and early 2015, President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a series of talks with the international parties involved in the Ukrainian crisis and assisted significantly with the convening and eventual success of the two Minsk summits in August 2014 and February 2015.

Kazakhstan also played an important role in the success of the Iranian nuclear deal by hosting two rounds of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries in 2013, as well as directly participating in the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

As the conflict in Syria continues to impact the stability of the region, we provided a platform for the two rounds of Syrian opposition talks in May and October 2015 and will continue to support the case for peace.

We have also shown our capability to take a leading role in strengthening international security as evidenced by President Nazarbayev’s continued work in addressing nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. In 2015, the Government of Kazakhstan signed a host country agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency to establish a low-enriched uranium bank in the country to provide the world with a guaranteed supply of the fuel for civic nuclear energy, thus making an important contribution to strengthening the non-proliferation regime.

With over 25 years of commitment to diffusing conflict – from being the first country to unilaterally give up its nuclear stockpile, to the recent launch of the Manifesto “The World. The 21st Century” by President Nazarbayev calling for global action to reduce the threat of war – Kazakhstan’s experience will be invaluable as inter-state tensions rise.

Respect and tolerance between the rich array of religions and cultures in Kazakhstan is an attitude that underpins our whole society as well as our firm belief in religious reconciliation. Through tangible action as part of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, we have worked to prevent divisions and enhance co-operation between different strands of Islam. The development of the Islamic Organization for Food Security in Kazakhstan and commitment to economic cooperation has helped create jobs, stability and prosperity while addressing some of the symptoms of extremism.

We are also a young democracy. It goes without saying that the hard lessons we have learned over the past 25 years as we move to a full democratic system are fresh in our minds. Kazakhstan knows too well the balance that is required to facilitate the wholesale change in society while keeping fundamental values and traditions enshrined. In our short history we have transitioned from a recipient of aid to a donor, providing over $100m in assistance to our neighbours in Central Asia, including Afghanistan, and other UN member states.

We now work on institutionalising efforts in this direction by launching a national official development assistance agency KazAID. Our experience in this endeavour will be invaluable to other countries looking to do the same. We have also worked to assist our friends further away, helping countries in Africa build up their institutional capacities and fight Ebola, assisting countries in the Pacific in developing sustainable energy solutions, and helping nations in the Caribbean better prepare for natural disasters.

Central Asia has faced numerous challenges over the past half century, yet it is the unique experiences and perspectives gained from overcoming these issues that defines the value our inclusion as a non-permanent member would provide. The UN was founded on the principles of inclusion and fairness, on welcoming new voices and encouraging participation. In this respect, as well as the many others that we have laid out before, Kazakhstan is ready to take up its responsibilities. We therefore look forward with hope to an increased cooperation and support from the UN member states.

Minister Idrissov Spoke with Secretary Kerry 0

Posted on July 13, 2013 by KazCham

Special  Issue No 42,  July 12, 2013

Important Strategic Partner 

Minister Idrissov Spoke with Secretary Kerry

Upon the completion of the official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrisov to the United States, he spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on July 11, 2013. Secretary Kerry was not able to personally  meet with his Kazakh counterpart, as he was in Boston attending to his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, who has been hospitalized.

During their conversation, Secretary Kerry thanked Kazakhstan for its contributions to the stabilization of Afghanistan including support for the Afghan National Security Forces and the social and economic reconstruction of the country. He also praised the leadership of Kazakhstan in the region.

Stressing the leading role of Kazakhstan in the field of nuclear disarmament, Secretary Kerry expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan for hosting two rounds of international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program in Almaty.

Secretary Kerry also expressed great interest in the approved Concept Paper of Kazakhstan’s transition to a “green” economy and the measures taken to implement them. Noting the prospect of economic opportunities, he reaffirmed the U.S. interest in working together with Kazakhstan in trade and investment, science and technology.

The Kazakh Minister also briefed his counterpart on the main achievements of Kazakhstan’s socio-economic initiatives, goals and objectives set forward in the Strategy “Kazakhstan 2050”. Its main objective is enhancing the people’s welfare and raising their living standards.

The two leaders together praised the work of the Strategic Partnership Commission, the second meeting of which was held on July 9, 2013. During the meeting, the exchange of diplomatic notes on issuance of 5-year visas to the citizens of both the countries was held. Beginning August 1, citizens of both countries will be able to secure long term visas. It is expected that this agreement will contribute to a significant expansion of travel by U.S. and Kazakh citizens for many purposes including business, scientific, cultural, educational, sporting, and academic exchanges as well as general tourism.

The Minister and the Secretary highlighted the special spirit of partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States, which contributes to the successful development of cooperation in all areas. They agreed to stay in close touch.

 

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