External news in breif

On Nov. 27, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Marat Tazhin accepted the credentials of the new non-resident ambassadors of Denmark, Uruguay, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Zambia, Nigeria and Fiji. In bilateral meetings, Tazhin and the new ambassadors discussed the current state and prospects of their interstate relationships. Tazhin pointed out that globalisation and the development of cooperation in politics, the economy, trade, science and culture was in the nation’s best interests. The ambassadors expressed mutual interest in the expansion of contacts in a wide range of issues, including international and regional security, mutual investment and trade, alternative energy sources, the agricultural industry, education, science and tourism. The meetings revealed a new vector in Kazakhstan’s diplomacy: to step up cooperation with Africa and Latin America, regions with high development potential.

On Dec. 5, Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Askhat Daulbayev visited Canada, where he met with the heads of Canadian state bodies. Prospects for cooperation in the legal sphere were discussed at a meeting of Daulbayev with Canada’s Speaker of the Senate Noel Kinsella. The two parties complimented the level of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Canada and noted that the current visit of the Kazakh delegation was an important step toward further developing their partnership and the knowledge exchange between the legal systems of the countries. Daulbayev spoke about the main directions of supervisory and human rights work of Kazakhstan’s prosecution bodies. He said special attention was paid to the expansion of international cooperation in dealing with today’s threats and challenges. In order to deepen cooperation in the legal sphere, the speaker of the Canadian Senate offered to launch a joint exchange programme for students majoring in criminology and international law. At a meeting with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration of Canada Chris Alexander, the Kazakh Prosecutor General expressed interest in studying the Canadian experience in legal regulation of migration processes. Topical issues of cooperation in the sphere of combating transnational organised crime, drug trafficking, cyber crime and terrorism were discussed at a meeting with Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada William Pentney. Special attention was paid to issues of controlling migration flows and extraditing convicts. The Canadian side was interested in Kazakhstan’s experience in cooperating with European countries in the sphere of reforming criminal and criminal procedure legislation. At the end of the meeting, the sides agreed to continue the dialogue and discuss further expansion of the legal framework through diplomatic channels.

A scientific and practical conference, “Foreign policy of Kazakhstan and its founder, President Nursultan Nazarbayev,” dedicated to the Day of the First President of Kazakhstan was held in Bahcesehir University in Istanbul on Dec. 5. A video about the first president of Kazakhstan and the country’s achievements over the years of independence opened the conference. Participants’ speeches were devoted to the achievements and success of Kazakhstan in the political, social and economic spheres reached under President Nazarbayev. The conference participants noted the pace of the country’s development in all spheres and its promotion of social modernisation and democratisation. Speaking at the conference, Rector of Bahcesehir University Senay Yalcın stressed Nazarbayev’s leadership qualities. “Nursultan Nazarbayev is a guarantor of stability and democratisation in Kazakhstan,” he said. Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Turkey Zhanseit Tuimebayev informed participants about the main achievements of Kazakhstan over the years of independence and discussed the role of the head of state in the establishment and development of the country. An exhibition dedicated to the Day of the First President and the main achievements of Kazakhstan was held within the conference.