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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Kazakhstan’s Chief of General Staff Speaks About Measures to Strengthen Armed Forces

NUR-SULTAN – When Kazakhstan gained independence, the Kazakh military was created practically from scratch, and the army can rightfully be considered a basic element of the foundation of a new statehood, said Lieutenant General Marat Khusainov, First Deputy Minister of Defense – Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, reports Zakon.kz news…

Kazakh President Meets with Amir of Qatar, Takes Part in Qatar Economic Forum

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani reaffirmed their mutual desire to strengthen trade and economic ties and implement joint investment projects during their June 21 meeting in Doha, reported Akorda.   Tokayev paid a visit to Qatar at the personal invitation of…

Kazakhstan’s Burabay and Markakol Parks Join UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves

NUR-SULTAN – The Burabay National Park and the Markakol State Nature Reserve have been included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The decision was announced at the 34th session of the International Coordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program…

Prime Minister Visits State-of-the-Art IT, Medical, Educational Facilities in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – Developments in information technologies open up new economic opportunities for Kazakh people, said Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov during the visit to the MOST IT Hub Almaty as part of his working trip to Almaty, reported the Prime Minister’s Office.  The MOST IT Hub Almaty was launched in May. It includes offices, coworking spaces,…

President Tokayev Focuses on Reform Agenda in Kazakhstan, Investigation into January Events and Effects of Sanctions in TV Interview

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is in the midst of a major political transformation, having held a referendum on reform of the Constitution, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during the June 15 interview to Russia 24 TV channel given ahead of his visit to Russia’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Tokayev noted the country has begun a…

Pope Francis Hopes to Meet with Patriarch Kirill at Interreligious Congress in Kazakhstan in September

NUR-SULTAN – Pope Francis expressed hope to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions scheduled for Sept. 14-15 in Nur-Sultan. This was announced in Pope Francis’s interview with the Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica published on June 14. “We were supposed to meet on June…

President Tokayev Takes Part in Credentials Ceremony, Notes Role of Diplomatic Relations Between Countries

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed full support and assistance of his administration and the Kazakh government to the newly appointed foreign ambassadors during the June 15 ceremony of receiving credentials in Akorda.  It is reported the credentials were presented by Ambassador of Vietnam Pham Thai Nhu Mai, Ambassador of Portugal Maria de Fátima Velez…

Astana Ballet Theater to Present “The Silk Road” Ballet This Weekend

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Ballet Theater will stage “The Silk Road” ballet choreographed by Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Mukaram Avakhri on June 18-19, reported the theater’s press service.  According to Kazakh poet and screenwriter Bakhyt Kairbekov, who wrote the ballet’s libretto, he was attracted to the topic of the new project and closely worked with…

France’s Alstom to Invest More Than 50 Million Euros in New Projects in Regions of Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The French company Alstom announced plans to invest more than 50 million euros (US$53 million) in locomotive repair centers in Rudny, Ekibastuz and Arys towns, reported June 10 the Kazakh Invest National Company.  The company has already invested 127 million euros (US$134.6 million) in two projects including the production of electric locomotives and…

All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Removed in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Proof of vaccination status and COVID-19 PCR tests for the Kazakh and foreign citizens for entering Kazakhstan are not required since June 8, reported the Prime Minister’s Office.  The Interdepartmental Commission made the decision to cancel requirements due to the stabilization of the epidemiological situation in the country and worldwide.  The work of…