Articles by Merey Kabiden

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Kazakh, Kyrgyz Presidents Discuss Bilateral Relations

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev met in Almaty on March 26 to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation within Eurasian integration associations. The leaders discussed bilateral relations in trade, economy, investment cooperation, water management and energy, as well as in the cultural and humanitarian spheres, according to the President’s press…

Kazakh FM Visits China, Discusses Relations

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov met with China Deputy Prime Minister Li Yuanchao, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and officials from the China Institute of International Studies during his March 19-20 official visit to China. Idrissov visited on the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The visit is significant as it comes on the threshold of…

Customs Union Leaders Discuss Integration in Moscow

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met March 5 in Moscow to discuss Customs Union and Common Economic Space integration, as well as progress on the Eurasian Economic Union establishment treaty. The discussions were held during the leaders’ attendance of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. President Nazarbayev updated…

Foreign Ministry Holds Briefing for Diplomats on Religious Freedom in Country

ASTANA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan held a briefing on March 6 concerning religious freedom in Kazakhstan for the diplomatic corps and representatives of accredited international organisations. At the briefing, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and Chairman of the Agency for Religious Affairs Marat Azilkhanov spoke about the religious climate in Kazakhstan and…

Talks over IAEA Nuclear Fuel Bank in Kazakhstan Near Completion

ASTANA – Talks over a so-called host country agreement between Kazakhstan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the country to host an international bank of low-enriched uranium fuel under the IAEA auspices are nearing completion, the Kazakhstan foreign ministry said in a Feb. 17 statement dedicated to the 20th anniversary of its accession…

European Investment Bank Extends First Loans to Kazakh Banks

ASTANA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a signing ceremony Feb. 18 to celebrate the first loan agreements between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK) and between EIB and a Kazakhstan subsidiary of Russia’s Sberbank. In total, 120 million euros are to be given by EIB to DBK…

FM Idrissov, UN Representative Jenča Discuss Regional Security, Cooperation on Afghanistan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov met with Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the Ashgabat-based United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Miroslav Jenča on Feb. 10. The diplomats discussed problems of regional security, the rational use of water and energy resources, as well…

Kazakhstan, Russia to Enhance Military Cooperation

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed bilateral military and military-technical cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia during a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Jan. 30 in Astana. Both sides noted the steady development of bilateral cooperation in the defence sector and outlined key ways to further implement relevant agreements. “All issues…

Astana Demonstrates Progress on Green Economy at Energy Summit

ASTANA – Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Nurlan Kapparov led a Kazakhstan delegation to the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20-22. As part of the summit, a large exhibition was organized at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company venue, where Kazakhstan presented its Astana EXPO 2017 pavilion. WFES is…