Articles by Erik Blackwell

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

FM Idrissov discusses bilateral, EU relations in Vilnius

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov visited the Lithuanian Republic on Jan. 27 where he met with top country officials to discuss bilateral relations as well as ties with the European Union. In Vilnius, Idrissov met with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, Head of Seimas Loreta Graužinienė, as well as Minister of Foreign…

Kazakhstan, Israel Strengthen Military Cooperation

Defence ministers of Kazakhstan and Israel signed a security cooperation agreement on Jan. 20 in Tel Aviv. The agreement formalises military and defence industry ties between the two nations. During the meeting, Kazakhstan Defence Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and his Israeli counterpart Moshe Ya’alon discussed current relations and future defence cooperation between the two governments. Since…

Emir of Qatar Visits Astana to Promote Economic Ties

ASTANA – The leaders of Kazakhstan and Qatar met in Astana on Jan. 19 during Emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s official visit to Astana. During a meeting at the Ak Orda presidential palace, President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his guest discussed the main areas of bilateral cooperation, in particular, investment, trade and economics,…