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Minister Idrissov Attends the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly 0

Posted on October 02, 2014 by KazCham

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Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov attended the 69th session of the UN General Assembly that opened on Sept 24 and held bilateral talks with his foreign counterparts and heads of international organizations.

Speaking at the UNGA,  Mr. Idrissov, said he was particularly concerned with the continuing violence in the Middle East and Africa, and now Ukraine, whose impact extends to the entire region including through sanctions being imposed by countries that together make up 60 per cent of the world GDP.

To help adjust to emerging global challenges, the UN should focus on the promotion of tolerance, justice and peace. “We believe a stronger UN presence in Almaty would allow the UN to better support Central Asia and wider Eurasia at a critical time in its history, ‘filling in’ the geographical gap between UN offices in Istanbul and Southeast Asia,” he said.

Two weeks ago, on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, the UN commemorated the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site – a defining moment for Kazakhstan and a starting point towards peaceful foreign policy.

Kazakhstan is also working hard to transition to a “green economy”, having recently adopted voluntary commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Along with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), it is developing a training system in the sectors of oil and gas, agriculture and medicine. As the largest landlocked country in the world, Kazakhstan understands the need to address the special transportation and trade vulnerabilities of such nations.

On Afghanistan, he welcomed the election of the new President and said that economic development is key to the country’s re-emergence as a peaceful and prosperous Central Asian neighbour. Afghanistan’s integration into the region must be in all areas including trade, energy and transportation.

Earlier, on Sept 22, the Minister met top executives s of US companies, notably those of Boeing, Sikorsky Aircraft, Citigroup, Chevron and some others. They dwelt on ways to strengthen cooperation and prospects of business in Kazakhstan following the newly announced incentives for investors. US businessmen lauded the recently introduced visa-free regime for citizens of 10 nations, including the USA.

At the bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, they discussed the current state and prospects of bilateral relations, ways to expand cooperation, interaction within international organizations, and the acute issues on the international agenda.

During his meeting with Secretary Kerry, they affirmed the importance of the strategic partnership and discussed how we can collaborate on regional and global problems. Secretary Kerry reiterated the strong U.S. support for Kazakhstan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and its increasing leadership on the world stage. He raised the importance of the international coalition efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL and discussed with Foreign Minister Idrisov ways to enhance and expand our counterterrorism cooperation.

Secretary Kerry also thanked Foreign Minister Idrissov for Kazakhstan’s longstanding support for the security, political and economic transitions in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Idrisov highlighted Kazakhstan’s leadership in realizing the New Silk Road vision for regional economic cooperation. By helping to build trade and energy linkages across Central and South Asia to increase stability and prosperity for Kazakhstan and its neighbors, Foreign Minister Idrisov underscored how the region could benefit from being “land-linked” instead of “land-locked” and work towards a mutual great gain. Finally, Secretary Kerry expressed his strong support for Kazakhstan’s eventual WTO accession

Delivering concluding remarks at Asia Society’ New Silk Road event, Minister Idrissov spoke about Kazakhstan’s constructive role in enhancing regional connectivity and spoke strongly for win-win cooperation in Central Asia. According to him, “for us, the New Silk Road, is not just about construction of railways, highways, pipelines or broadband across the region, but also the linkages between people. I think the human interaction is much more powerful and enabling in the age of globalization, instant messaging and smart devices.”



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