Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Chargé d’Affaires said on Thursday that Egypt is rightfully one of the key partners of Kazakhstan in North Africa and it will continue to actively work to strengthen Kazakh-Egyptian relations.
“Over the 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, we have successfully passed the stage of formation and reached a qualitatively new level of development, having reached an understanding of the need to further intensify interaction,” Yerbolat Zharkenbaiuly said during an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence.
“The February 2016 visit of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to Kazakhstan gave a new impetus to strengthening the partnership between the two countries,” he told the gala at a luxurious Cairo Hotel.
Zharkenbaiuly said that the foreign policy of Kazakhstan has remained unchanged. “We continue to pursue a constructive, balanced and multi-vector foreign policy with an emphasis on firmly promoting and defending national interests in the international arena.”
He highlighted the role of the first president of republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev (1990-2019) in the struggle for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
“This is evidenced by the fact that the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation awarded him status of ‘Champion for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons’,” he said.
As part of efforts to implement another foreign policy initiative of Nazarbayev, the diplomat added, Kazakhstan assumed the chairmanship for 2020-2022 in the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.
“We are now working to transform this dialogue platform into a full-fledged international organisation.”
The event included a photography exhibition on topics related to Kazakhstan regarding its culture, nature, foreign policy, nuclear security summits, culinary which most of it based on horse meat, as well as famous athletes including professional boxer Gennady Golovkin.
Media people and Asian affairs specialists attended the two-hour event.