The members of the Committee on International Relations, Defense and Security of the Senate, headed by Dariga Nazarbayeva discussed Kazakhstan’s foreign policy concept until 2020. Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov presented the document to the MPs. Particular attention was paid to Kazakhstan’s work priorities in the status of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the next two years. The meeting participants also discussed other topical issues, including the work of diplomatic missions abroad, as well as Kazakhstan’s foreign policy to attract investments and new technologies in the country. Dariga Nazarbayeva congratulated the diplomats with the completion of the negotiation process on the settlement of the situation in Syria, known as the Astana Process.

DARIGA NAZARBAYEVA, MEMBER OF SENATE, UPPER HOUSE OF KAZAKH PARLIAMENT:

We've all watched how well the negotiations took place here, going down in global political as the Astana Process. All this became possible thanks to the political will of the Kazakh President and the great work done by our diplomats. Therefore, on behalf of our committee, let me thank you on a very important and, in my opinion, successful work. No one expects immediate results, but the most important thing, it seems to us that there is some progress in the Syrian issue. And we hope that it will continue to evolve in a positive direction.

An important priority of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy is the development of a partnership with NATO. Kazakhstan is interested in attracting advanced programs and best practices of the North Atlantic Alliance, which will contribute to strengthening the national capacities in the field of defense and security, addressing the challenges and threats to regional stability.

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