Qatar to Build Rehabilitation Centre for the Victims of Nuclear Testing in Semey

ASTANA – Director of the Nursultan Nazarbayev Fund for Education, Culture and Social Programmes and Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) Deputy Kanat Saudabayev and Qatar Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Fund for Development Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah recently discussed in Doha Qatar’s offer to build a rehabilitation centre for Kazakh victims of Soviet-era nuclear weapons testing.

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The talks follow a 2014 agreement reached in Astana between Nazarbayev and Tamim ben Hamad Al Tani, the sheikh of Qatar, on creating the centre in Semey (formerly Semipalatinsk), near what was the infamous nuclear test site.

According to the Kazakh fund, it is believed that more than 730,000 residents of the East Kazakhstan, Karaganda and Pavlodar oblasts (regions) are in need of treatment and rehabilitation from the adverse effects of 40 years of Soviet nuclear testing at the Semipalatinsk test site.

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Qatar Askar Shokybayev also participated in the meeting.

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