18.02.16: “Kazakhstan a Strong Contender for UNSC Seat” – Dr Shahid Qureshi

Senior Independent British journalist and academic Dr. Shahid Qureshi has named Kazakhstan a “strong contender for a UNSC Seat”, during a round-table discussion concerning the country’s bid at Cambridge University.

Dr. Qureshi emphasized Kazakhstan’s key geo-strategic position between Russia and China, praised its ability to preserve its cultural identity and recalled Kazakhstan’s experience in chairing the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), consisting of 54 Islamic countries, in 2011.

He stated that Kazakhstan could count on the support of OIC member states in its bid to gain membership to the UN Security Council.

The round-table, moderated by Dr. Shailaja Fennel of Cambridge University, was attended by over 25 participants, consisting of university students, members of academia and international experts.

Speakers included Gani Bekenov, from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom, who added that if elected, Kazakhstan will maintain a balanced and consistent foreign policy in line with the UN goals and collective security approach.

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