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Kazakhstan and Slovakia: joint efforts to ensure stability and security within OSCE

On 8 July 2019 in Štrbské pleso Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov has held talks with OSCE current President, Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák within the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) taking place on 8-9 July in Slovakia, the Foreign Ministry’s press release reads.
World09 July , 16:46

The OSCE cooperation as well as the bilateral cooperation came under discussion.

The Kazakh side commended Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE started on 1 January 2019, with the contribution of Bratislava to the tasks the Organization is facing being highlighted.

“We support the highlighted priorities of Slovakia’s presidency of the OSCE and are willing to contribute to successful functions of the Chair”, the Kazakh Foreign Minister said.

The Kazakh initiative to create an OSCE Thematic Center for Sustainable Interconnectedness aimed at analytical and research work on interconnectedness in its wide interpretation in the city of Nur-Sultan was among the themes discussed. The timeliness of and the demand for this idea with its implementation allowing for enhanced efficient activity of the Organization in the second (economic and environmental) dimension and facilitation to the strengthened authority and even geographical representation of its institutions were noted.

The OSCE current President was well informed on the results of the recent presidential election that was the most competitive in the country’s history, the latest political changes in Kazakhstan and the course of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev aimed at the country’s further economic growth with a special focus on the enhanced wellbeing of the population. It is there the continuation of Kazakhstan’s constructive, balanced and multidirectional foreign policy was noted.

In the period of the continuing turbulence of the world policy, the parties marked the importance and timeliness of this year’s April initiative of First Kazakh President – Yelbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev to convene the “Three dialogues”, in which the second dialogue is about combining the capacities of the OSCE and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) to jointly deal with the security issues in Eurasia. In that regard, the need for quality preparation of this autumn’s meeting of both Organizations’ secretariats to establish cooperation was noted.

The parties also dwelled on the situation in Afghanistan which is of a special role in ensuring long-standing stability and security in the OSCE space, with the facilitation to Afghanistan’s restoration using non-military methods being among one of the priorities of Kazakhstan’s presidency of the OSCE back in 2010.

In that context, the Kazakh side put forward a proposal to hold a special event devoted to Afghanistan back to back with the visit of the permanent representatives of the OSCE states to Kazakhstan in next autumn in the city of Nur-Sultan. Such an event will strengthen the engagement of the Organization in settling the situation and post-conflict restoration of Afghanistan.

As for the bilateral cooperation, the high-level interaction between Kazakhstan and Slovakia which last year saw the 25 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations was noted. Over these years, the countries have established a reliable and constructive dialogue as well as the treaty and legal and institutional base.

Kazakhstan considers Slovakia as one of the key political and economic partners in Central and East Europe and in the European Union.

The necessity to upgrade the Kazakh-Slovakian trade and economic cooperation and the willingness of the Kazakh side to carry out joint projects was stressed as over 30 companies involving Slovakian capital run in Kazakhstan.