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Kazakhstan took part in the 46th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

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ABU DHABI, The 46th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was held in Abu Dhabi. The official delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Beibut Atamkulov took part in the event.

The agenda of the forum was very informative. During two days, Foreign Ministers of 56 OSCE member states addressed a wide range of issues related to the political situation in the Islamic world, ways to strengthen inter-state relations, economic and humanitarian cooperation. Participants of the ministerial meeting discussed the measures for the solution of various military-political and humanitarian crises.

In his speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs Atamkulov noted the special role of the OIC, which marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment. Like many other international organizations, OIC is facing some challenges today. In this regard, it was said that the need to reform the Organization would improve its effectiveness in resolving topical issues of the Muslim world.

The Minister emphasized the need for a fair and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, the Middle East peace process and the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan. Drawing attention to the crisis in Syria, Atamkulov said the importance of continuing efforts by the international community, including the Astana Process on Syria, which will be the 12th round in April 2019 in Astana.

Concerned about the tension between Pakistan and India, the Kazakh delegation called for the sides to strive for maximum tolerance and compliance with international law, primarily based on the core interests of regional and global security, to prevent further escalation of the situation.

The Foreign Minister drew attention to the steps taken by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to implement the foreign policy initiatives within the Organization. Kazakhstan has urged all forum participants to take an active part in the implementation of the Islamic Initiative, which is a vast and flexible platform for a comprehensive solution to various challenges in the OIC’s responsibilities.

It was noted that Kazakhstan has made a significant contribution to the promotion of ideas of tolerance and inter-confessional accord through the platform of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. OIC countries that have joined the initiative of Kazakhstan to adopt a Code of Conduct for the Terrorist Freedom of the World, which is a manifestation of commitment to combating terrorism and extremism.

Astana is the author of the establishment of the Islamic Organization for Food Safety (OIC) this year, which will be the second session of the General Assembly of Kazakhstan. The OIC member states will play a leading role in the country in the field of agriculture, food security and coordination of the general policy of combating hunger. In this regard, the Kazakh delegation invited guests of the Forum to take an active part in the work of the NGO.

The Kazakhstani approach to mobilization of the Muslim world in the development of scientific and technological potential was highlighted, including in the context of Kazakhstan’s initiatives following the results of the first Summit on Science and Technology in Astana in September 2017. Together with the OIC Secretariat, our country will continue to work to build an additional dialogue platform by uniting 15 leading Islamic countries in science and technology.

The head of state expressed his special gratitude to Uzbekistan for the organization of the second OIC Summit in science and technology in Tashkent in 2020.

During the Council of Ministers, more than 130 resolutions on political, economic, legal, humanitarian, administrative and financial issues have been adopted to address a number of issues affecting OIC member states. All Kazakhstani initiatives are approved by the relevant Council of Ministers documents.

Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

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