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21 November, 2017, London – As part of his two-day visit to the United Kingdom, the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Kairat Abdrakhmanov, gave a speech at a Chatham House event “Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy Priorities".
Outlining these priorities, the Minister stated that, as a member of the UN Security Council, Kazakhstan attaches special importance to security issues in Central Asia, peace and stability in Africa, countering international terrorism and extremism, resolving the Syrian crisis, resolving the situation in Afghanistan, and reforming the UN. The participants of the event were also particularly interested to hear about the legacy of EXPO-2017 and the establishment of the Astana International Financial Centre and the International Centre for Green Technologies on the territory of the EXPO.
During the event the Minister also discussed Kazakhstan's major international initiatives, including building a world free from nuclear weapons and convening congresses of leaders of world and traditional religions.
As part of his two-day visit to London, the Foreign Minister also met with members of British parliament and members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kazakhstan, chaired by Bob Stewart MP. During the meeting, the Minister discussed Kazakhstan's modernisation, as well as current key initiatives, including the ongoing programme to privatize national Kazakh companies, and the launch of the Astana International Financial Centre in January 2018.
Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kazakhstan noted the dynamic development of Kazakh-British relations and expressed their readiness to support the implementation of joint projects.
Mr. Abdrakhmanov also met with the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Sumi Chakrabarti. The head of EBRD stressed that Kazakhstan is an exemplary partner for the Bank. In recent years, the number of joint projects with the state and the private sector significantly increased. Meanwhile the role of Kazakhstan in the region and the world has also increased. Mr Chakrabarti noted that EBRD intends to strengthen cooperation with Kazakhstan in the implementation of public-private partnership projects, such as the "One Belt One Road Initiative".
The Foreign Minister also held separate meetings with members of the British-Kazakhstan Society and the management of 'Independent Power Corporation' and 'United Green, who showed interest in investing in non-oil projects in Kazakhstan.
At the end of the visit, Mr. Abdrakhmanov met with Kazakh students, who are studying in the UK under the Bolashak program. The Minister wished them success in their studies, noting that they will play an important role in the future in helping the country to achieve its objective of becoming one of the top 30 most developed countries in the world.