Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov participated in the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last week, taking part in the opening session of the general debates as well as multilateral events and bilateral meetings on Sept. 20-23.
“This session of the UNGA is held on the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Independence. Therefore, at our meetings and in our statements, we note the importance of this date for Kazakhstan in terms of the need to adequately assess the past and adjust development plans for the future,” Idrissov noted.
According to Minister Idrissov, the most important task for the Kazakh delegation is to promote the initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev regarding global security, a nuclear-weapon-free world, the fight against international terrorism and for sustainable development put forth by him at the 70th UNGA session last year. The current session was of particular significance to Kazakhstan in light of its recent election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017 – 2018.
“All meetings of our delegation in New York this week will be mainly dedicated to our membership in the Security Council. We explain to our international partners our priorities, which will define our work in this vital political body. Our membership programme will be based on the peaceful policy of President Nazarbayev, the struggle for nuclear-weapon-free world, the fight against new threats and challenges, such as international terrorism and radicalism, and, certainly, ensuring sustainable development for all states, especially for developing ones. In this context, we will actively work to emphasise the development priorities and challenges in our region, as well as stability and security issues in Central Asia. This is directly related to the situation in Afghanistan and we will focus on these issues,” Idrissov said.