Kazakhstan is interested in resolving the situation in Afghanistan. The two countries’ foreign ministries held negotiations in Astana. The sides discussed issues of regional security and cooperation. As Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Akylbek Kamaldinov noted, sustainable development of Afghanistan is a priority for Kazakhstan. Stabilization of the situation in this Islamic state is one of the directions of Kazakhstan’s work in the UN Security Council.

OMIRTAY BITIMOV, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO AFGHANISTAN:

Kazakhstan is participating in all initiatives and conferences aimed at stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan. Kazakhstan participated in the Heart of Asia Conference and Istanbul process. Kazakhstan is providing humanitarian assistance and training for Afghan people in different fields of knowledge.

Foreign experts and political scientists emphasize the importance of Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping initiatives. According to U.S. public figure, expert in international security Jonathan Granoff, Kazakhstan’s proactive stance is visible in all spheres: in anti-nuclear movement, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and its rapid development.

JONATHAN GRANOFF, EXPERT IN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, USA:

President Nazarbayev has put forward a vision for the 21st century to galvanize leadership of the whole world to focus on ending war, ending an institution, so we could no longer engage in. Our science and technological capacity has made our reach so destructive so we can actually end the world and civilization if continue to rely on war. So, the mission of Kazakhstan at the UN were diplomacy as the currency.

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