Idrissov invites countries to OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana
The OIC foreign ministers proposed in Tashkent to promote education and enlightenment on the path to peace and creativity.
On October 18-19, 2016, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov took part in the 43th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, which focused on “Education and Enlightenment: the Path to Peace and Creativity”. The event was attended by representatives of 56 OIC member states, observing countries and international organizations. A welcoming speech was delivered by the Acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Ministerial meeting participants exchanged opinions on the relevant issues of Middle East agenda, disarmament, combating international terrorism, the fight against islamophobia, xenophobia, etc. Special attention was paid to cooperation of OIC member states in the field of education and enlightenment as one of the main tools towards peace and creativity. They also discussed the development of cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, transport, tourism and healthcare.
E. Idrissov in his speech expressed Kazakhstan`s opinion on the range of agenda items. He noted that in the context of challenges and threats, in the center of which the Islamic world is, there is a need to ensure peace and creativity, and it is within the power of highly-educated and enlightened community only. In this context, E. Idrissov briefed on the 1st OIC Summit to be held in Astana in September 2017 on “Science, Technology, Innovation and Modernization in Islamic World” and invited the OIC countries to actively participate in the upcoming event. “Muslim leaders will for the first time gather to discuss the issues of science, technology and innovation that will make the upcoming summit a truly historic event,” E. Idrissov noted. “We are convinced that the Uzbek side will give a new positive impetus to education and enlightenment within the OIC, which, in turn, will provide a basis and serve as catalyst for practical results of the 1st OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana,” he added.
Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan also expressed appreciation to the OIC member states for support and efforts in implementing the Islamic reconciliation initiated by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the OIC Summit in this-year April. Highly appreciating the OIC activities in combating the religious extremism and international terrorism, E, Idrissov said that Kazakhstan condemns these phenomena in all their forms and manifestations, and stressed once again the significance of key international initiatives of the President of our country, including those on establishing the Global Counter-terrorism Coalition (Network) under the UN auspices and elaboration of UN Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism. E. Idrissov also drew participants` attention on the intensive work aimed at launching the Islamic Organization for Food Security to be headquartered in Astana by accelerating the Charter`s ratification by the OIC member states.
Over 100 resolutions in political, economic, scientific, technical, humanitarian and organizational spheres were made following the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers. There were presented the positions on main global and regional problems, calls for consolidation of efforts to counter existing threats to peace and stability in Muslim countries, was voiced strong condemnation of terrorism and extremism in all their forms and manifestations. The resolutions of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers supported Kazakhstan`s proposals on Islamic reconciliation, the 1st OIC Summit on Science and Technology, “Islamic Infrastructure Integration” strategic program, restoration of the former Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and Aral Sea region, the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone treaty, Universal Declaration of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, support for CICMA, EXPO 2017, etc. A separate warm meeting of E. Idrissov with Acting President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was held within the event, where the sides discussed relevant issues of Kazakh-Uzbek cooperation and exchanged opinions on the range of international and regional challenges.
The same day E. Idrissov negotiated with OIC Secretary General H.E. Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, where discussed the state and prospects for Kazakh-OIC cooperation, preparations for OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana, launch of the IOFS activities and a range of other relevant issues. The event also served as a platform for E. Idrissov`s meetings with heads of delegations from Uzbekistan, Jordan, Iran, Tajikistan, Tunisia, etc., where the practical issues of bilateral cooperation and collaboration within international and regional structures were discussed.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (until 2011 – Organization of the Islamic Conference) was established in 1969. Kazakhstan joined the OIC in 1995. Development of relations with OIC aims at further strengthening the relations with Muslim countries, promoting the foreign policy initiatives, attracting financial resources in the Kazakh economy, participating in political, economic and cultural processes of the Islamic world.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan