Foreign and domestic diplomats, politicians and diplomacy experts praised a quarter century of Kazakh diplomacy during a June 29 conference in Astana on the eve of the July 2 twenty-fifth anniversary of the country’s diplomatic relations.
The conference was held jointly by the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Yelbasy and the Institute of World Economy and Politics (IWEP).
Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Presidential Aide for International Affairs Nurlan Onzhanov, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security of the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) Maulen Ashimbayev, Board Chairman of the Astana EXPO 2017 national company Akhmetzhan Yessimov, high-ranking representatives of foreign diplomatic corps, veterans of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry and Foreign Service, international political scientists, experts and the media attended.
Abdrakhmanov told the gathering Kazakh diplomacy based on cooperation and pragmatism has created a reliable system of relations with all countries and international organisations.
“Thanks to the First President’s well thought-out foreign policy course, Kazakhstan is deservedly perceived on the world stage as a generator of stability and a dynamic and prosperous model of state development. Our country has rightfully become a recognized nuclear disarmament leader and an active moderator in the dialogue of cultures, religions and civilisations. Today, Kazakhstan equally participates and contributes to the solution of regional and global issues of the modern world,” he said.
Abdrakhmanov also praised Kazakh Foreign Ministry veterans whose work laid the foundation for Kazakhstan’s role on the international stage.
Onzhanov, whose new book “Peacemaker. The Syrian Knot” was presented during the conference, noted Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s contribution to resolving conflicts, including tensions between Russia and Turkey in 2015-2016 and the six-year-long Syrian crisis.
Kazakh diplomatic service veteran Akmaral Arystanbekova, who served as the Foreign Minister of the Kazakh Soviet Socialistic Republic in 1989-1991 and later the first Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations (UN), also spoke about the early stages of the Kazakh diplomatic service’s development.
“Entering the UN became a landmark event in the creation and development of independent Kazakhstan’s diplomatic service. The UN has always been and still is Kazakhstan’s top foreign policy priority in multilateral diplomacy,” she said.
First Minister of Foreign Affairs of independent Kazakhstan Tuleutai Suleimenov noted that Kazakhstan’s diplomatic service contributed to the creation of modern day Kazakhstan.
“The history of modern Kazakhstan’s foreign policy is the history of our country’s independence. Over the years of independence, our foreign policy has come a long way marked by many important events that helped build an independent and a politically stable country,” he said.
Speakers also said President Nazarbayev’s multi-vector foreign policy is the best for the modern world. Kazakhstan’s large-scale initiatives and projects have become firm guarantors of the state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the basis for safe and stable development in a long-term historical perspective.
The conference also included a photo exhibition illustrating the milestones of the formation of independent Kazakhstan’s diplomatic service. The exhibit included rare archive photos and video files about Kazakhstan’s first steps in the international arena in 1991, convening of the summits of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence- Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), active mediation in complex global political crises, election as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council, the EXPO 2017 and more.
Source: Astana Calling https://goo.gl/WDs1J8