Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan.23
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry will intensify its work on collaboration between the two large organizations of the continent - the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union - Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov said.
He made the remarks during the business meeting with the senior staff of the country's Foreign Ministry.
"The cooperation between the two large organizations of the continent - EU and the Eurasian Economic Union - became relevant after the Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union entered into force from Jan.1, 2015," Idrissov said.
The minister provided detailed information about the plans for 2015. He reminded that 2015 is a special year for the country which will celebrate several anniversaries - 500th anniversary of Kazakh statehood, 20th anniversary of Kazakh Constitution and Assembly of People.
"The 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War is an important date for Kazakhstan," said Idrissov. "Additionally, UN will mark its 70th anniversary, the 40th anniversary of signing the Helsinki Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe which led to the creation of OSCE, will be marked in 2015."
He also emphasized certain vectors of the work during Kazakhstan's chairmanship in CIS and the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States.
The foreign minister talked about the importance of the work on assisting in organizing forums which have become well-established platforms for the dialogue at the global level, as well as the 5th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions (in June), Eurasian Media Forum (April), Astana Economic Forum and the World Anti-Crisis Conference (in May).
He focused on the development of the OIC Islamic Organization of Food Security, the secretariat of which will be located in Astana.
"The organization's charter has been recently signed by the United Arab Emirates," the minister said.
"Establishing of an organization is of great importance for a large region in general and Kazakhstan in particular. The organization is expected to deal with the issue of rendering the necessary emergency and humanitarian assistance, as well as through creating the food security reserves."
He said that the beginning of this organization's activity will further allow supplying the Kazakh grain and other food to the OIC member-states, implementing the large-scale investment and infrastructure projects in Kazakhstan and other countries.
Idrisov stressed the importance of consistent work to promote the candidacy of Kazakhstan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018.
It is necessary to prepare for the EXPO-2017 international specialized exhibition, to launch the KazAID official development assistance mechanism and to create a UN multilateral diplomacy hub in Almaty, he said.
The minister also discussed the schedule of international events involving the country's leadership, both bilaterally and as part of Kazakhstan's activity in regional and international organizations and forums.
The UN, the OSCE, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC), the Istanbul process on Afghanistan and others are among them.
Edited by SI