Articles by Meruert Firuzova

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Our relations are based on mutual respect, says Uzbek ambassador in Kazakhstan

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is paying a state visit to Astana March 22-23, one of his first foreign trips as the new leader of his country.Ahead of the upcoming talks, The Astana Times asked Uzbek Ambassador in Kazakhstan Ikrom Nazarov a few questions about the visit’s goals and his assessment of the bilateral relations between…

CIS Foreign Ministers Debate Kazakh Proposals on Modernising the Organisation

MOSCOW – Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov joined other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) foreign ministers for a meeting April 8 in Moscow to discuss cooperation within the CIS and preparations for the CIS heads of state summit in Bishkek planned for autumn. Also discussed was the initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to modernise…

Kazakhstan Welcomes Lifting of Sanctions on Iran

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on January 17, welcoming the EU and US announcements on lifting economic sanctions imposed on Tehran in 2005. The decisions followed the confirmation by the world’s nuclear energy watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive…