Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has taken part in the XIII Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, held in Istanbul, Turkey under the motto “Unity and solidarity in the Name of Justice and Peace” and attended by representatives from 56 member-states.
Speaking at the event, President Nazarbayev noted the importance to the OIC of addressing issues including lack of investment and limited access to education and medicine. He stated that the Islamic world should not violate the nuclear nonproliferation regime, stressing that Kazakhstan supports the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons.
Nazarbayev pledged to consistently implement the general agreement on trade and economic and technical cooperation of the OIC member-states, establishing a free trade area within the organization. Secondly, he recommended developing and implementing a strategic project entitled “Islamic Infrastructure Integration”. Thirdly, given the dynamic development of such areas as alternative energy, biotechnology, materials science, the President suggested holding an OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana next year.
Participants in the Istanbul Summit lauded the creation of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) in Astana, and President Nazarbayev’s Joint Declaration with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the process of Islamic Reconciliation. Kazakh initiatives and proposals are set to be included in the draft of the Summit’s final communiqué.