Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, attended the 12th OIC Summit in Cairo

On February 6-7, Kazakhstan’s delegation led by Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the 12th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo, Egypt.

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At working sessions of the Summit, participants discussed a wide range of topical issues for the Islamic world. Special attention was drawn towards the Palestinian issue, conflicts in the OIC countries, especially in Mali and Syria, and related humanitarian situation in these regions. The forum participants also looked at increasing the involvement of the OIC countries within scientific, technological, economic, educational, cultural and social spheres in order to accomplish 10 years-long OIC Action Plan, which was adopted in 2005.


Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov delivered his speech, stating Kazakhstan’s position on a number of relevant issues in the Islamic world. According to the Minister, the Islamic community needs to resolve the fundamental problems related to the sustaining peace, progress and satisfying the needs of ordinary people.


Erlan Idrissov emphasized that the basic condition of creating a new development strategy is stability. In this context, he highlighted the importance of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiative to convene the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia. The Conference has become a significant dialogue platform, which has united 24 countries with total population of more than 3 billion.


Regarding Kazakhstan’s development and modernization prospects, Foreign Minister said that President Nazarbayev’s new political course, stated in the “Kazakhstan 2050” Strategy sets a goal to join 30 most developed countries in the world and reflects Kazakhstan’s intention to address the new challenges and opportunities.


In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Kazakhstan considers the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as a common collective voice of the Muslim world, and one of the key mechanisms of international security and cooperation. In this regard, he reconfirmed Kazakhstan’s commitment to the consistent development of a multilateral cooperation with the brotherly Muslim countries.


Concluding the Summit, the participants adopted the final communiqué. The document has reflected support for adoption of the Universal Declaration of a Nuclear-Free World, creation of zones free of nuclear weapons in Central Asia, establishment and headquartering the OIC Food Security Institution in Astana, the Action Plan for the OIC cooperation with the Central Asian region, and the 10th anniversary of the Congress of World and Traditional Religions.


In addition, the Summit participants called for institutionalization of the OIC participation in G-20, VI Astana Economic Forum, and active participation of the OIC Member States in the EXPO-2017 in Astana.


Kazakhstan's participation in this major international forum reflects the consistent policy of our country, aimed at extending and diversification of our cooperation with the Islamic world. This was highlighted in a dynamic and successful chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OIC in 2011-2012. As a result of the chairmanship Kazakhstan has became generally recognized and strengthened its credibility in the Islamic world. It is no accident that in the Cairo Summit, participants repeatedly referred to the OIC decision taken during Kazakhstan's chairmanship.


During the Summit, the Kazakh Foreign Minister held a number of bilateral meetings, including his meeting with the Secretary General of the OIC Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, as well as with the Minister for Religious Affairs of Egypt, during which they discussed topical issues of international relations and bilateral cooperation.

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