Kazakh FM conducts bilateral meetings in Istanbul
Kazakhstan, Astana, Aug. 18 /Trend, A.Maratov/
Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazykhanov held a series of bilateral meetings in Istanbul on Wednesday as part of the emergency meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) regarding solution of the food crisis in Somalia.
At a meeting with the President of Somalia Sharif Ahmed, Kazykhanov mentioned the important role of Kazakhstan in international relations today, which is testified by the foreign policy initiatives of Astana over recent years," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on the preparations for the planned visit of the Turkish government head to Kazakhstan, as well as on the current status and future directions of bilateral Kazakh-Turkish cooperation.
Turkish Prime Minister said that Kazakhstan is a strategic partner of Ankara in the Central Asian region.
The regional situation and interaction within international organizations were the topic of negotiations of Kazakh minister with his Afghan counterpart Zalmay Rasul.
Current issues of cooperation of Kazakhstan with the OIC Secretariat were discussed at Kazykhanov's meeting with the OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
Also Kazakh Foreign Minister met with Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic States Khalil Akandzhy. The meeting covered the preparations for the summit of leaders of Turkic states in Kazakhstan scheduled for October.