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LONDON, 9 October 2019 – Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom Erlan Idrissov held a briefing at the Henry Jackson Society, renowned British think tank. The event discussed the outcomes of the IV Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries Parliaments themed “Greater Eurasia: Dialogue. Trust. Partnership”.
Before the start of the briefing, a video outlining the progress and results of the parliamentary meeting held on 23-24 September 2019 in Nur-Sultan was demonstrated to the political experts, diplomats and scientists who attended the event.
Ambassador Idrissov spoke about the Eurasian integration initiative put forward in 1994 by the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, which was later brought to life through the Eurasian Economic Union.
The Kazakh diplomat also noted that during the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing last April, Nazarbayev proposed to the global community to create the new “Triple D” geopolitical reality which implies the building and establishment of “three dialogues”.
The first dialogue affects the global level – a dialogue between the United States, Russia, China and the European Union. The second dialogue is to be built at the Eurasian level to bring together the potentials of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The third dialogue is an effort to establish systemic economic ties between the Eurasian Economic Union, the European Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The launch of the above-mentioned dialogues meets the common interests of all European and Asian countries and will contribute to the creation of ties for the sustainable future of the united Eurasia.
That is why the recent parliamentary meeting in the heart of the Eurasian continent – Nur-Sultan – was particularly significant. The event was intended to play an important role in establishing a direct multilateral dialogue between the heads of legislative bodies of European and Asian states, as well as heads of international and inter-parliamentary organisations to further deepen and expand interaction and cooperation in Eurasia.
The London briefing participants highlighted the Nur-Sultan parliamentary meeting’s growth and the increased interest demonstrated by other countries. The first international parliamentary meeting in Moscow was attended by representatives of 19 countries, Seoul attracted 26 countries, and Turkey gathered 38 countries. The meeting in Nur-Sultan brought together the parliamentary delegations from 65 European and Asian states, as well as representatives of 14 international organisations, including the parliamentary assemblies of the OSCE, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) and the SCO.
The ongoing reforms and the strategic continuity of Kazakhstan’s political course, the implementation of the long-term 2050 development strategy, as well as the recent state-of-the-nation address of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev were also discussed at the briefing.
The guests of the event demonstrated interest in the briefing and actively participated in the general discussion on the state and future of Eurasian integration. The participants praised Nur-Sultan’s major foreign policy and international initiatives.
Brochures with the text of the Statement of the speakers of Eurasian countries’ parliaments that reflect their views on the further development of the Eurasian continent, as well as reference materials with key facts and strategic initiatives of Kazakhstan’s new leadership were distributed among the guests of the briefing.