Kazakhstan is expanding its partnerships with the UN members and Central Asian countries. Mazhilis, the lower house of Kazakh parliament, passed an agreement between the Kazakh government and the UN regarding the administrative and financial procedures for the sub-regional offices of northern and central Asia. According to the agreement, the Kazakh government officials will provide US$100 000 annually for the UN office in Almaty and will provide the organization with the office. The Majilis members have approved the offer unanimously. They said that the ratification of the agreement will give a new impetus for realization of joint initiatives and projects between the UN and Kazakhstan in the region since the UN in Kazakhstan is a sub-regional platform for multilateral partnership.  

MUKHTAR TILEUBERDI, DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:

 - The United Nations aims to reduce the geographical distance between Istanbul and Bangkok. The organization also focuses on activities and the effectiveness of programs in Central Asia. It will allow to actively develop regional partnerships in environmental protection, training of transport and statistics as well as implementation of sustainable development goals of the UN.

The Mazhilis members also approved the draft law "On Ratification of the Agreement between the Governments of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan on Mutual Provision of Land for Construction of Diplomatic Corps”. According to the draft law, the parties provide each other land areas of 1 hectare to construct buildings for 49 years with a symbolic rent. This agreement determines the legal basis for this.  

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