Politics

VIDEO: Ambassador's View: Ethnic & Religious Diversity in Kazakhstan

Kazakh Embassy YouTube page , Mar 27, 2014 

Kazakhstan’s greatest asset is its people. Ambassador Umarov offers his view of how Kazakhstan finds unity in diversity through the people of Kazakhstan. According to him, the fact that people are free to exercise whichever religion they believe in is what makes Kazakh society strong.

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UN Special Rapporteur For Freedom of Religion and Belief Praises Kazakhstan

Astana Times , Apr 13, 2014 

Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief, held a press conference in Astana giving recommendations on religious affairs in Kazakhstan. Battlefield praised Kazakhstan on the cooperation between religions.

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New Cabinet has been announced

TengriNews , Apr 3, 2014 

The new Prime Minister Karim Massimov presided over the first meeting of the new government on Friday. Most ministers and appointees remained in their posts but for a few: Bakhytzhan Sagintaev was appointed the First Deputy Prime-Minister and Gulshara Abdykalikova was named a Deputy Prime-Minister.

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New Prime Minister Appointed

ABC News , Mar 23, 2014 

Kazakhstan has received a new Prime Minister as Serik Akhmetov stepped down. Former Head of the Presidential Administration Karim Massimov has become the new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. In addition, Nurlan Nigmatulin took over as Head of the Presidential Administration. Serik Akhmetov, after stepping down, has become the new Defense Minister along with Adilbek Dzhaksybekov becoming the new State Secretary.

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Eurasian Media Forum in Astana to Focus on Iran and Ukraine

Trend.az , Mar 26, 2014 

On April 24th-25th, 12th Annual Eurasian Media Forum will take place in Astana, where experts, the media, and politicians will discuss topical international issue. This year, the forum will be discussing the crisis in the Ukraine as well as Iran’s nuclear program. The forum last year saw over 600 delegates from over 350 news outlets from 46 countries. President Nazarbayev said "The significance and effectiveness of a wide discussion of pressing issues of Eurasia and the world in general, increases in the conditions of globalization...

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Kazakhstan's Multivector Policy Efficiently Responds to the Ukraine Crisis

The Jamestown Foundation , Mar 23, 2014 

Kazakhstan’s multi-vector foreign policy enables it to efficiently respond to the Ukrainian crisis. From the beginning, Kazakhstan has stated that a solution to the violence in Kiev, and the Crimean crisis should be sought “through negotiations based on international law.”

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Kazakhstan's Position on Ukraine Crisis

Embassy of Kazakhstan

The crisis in Ukraine is particularly painful and sensitive for Kazakhstan. For centuries, the Kazakh, Russian and Ukrainian people have been living always in friendship and accord. Today, Kazakhstan is the home for Kazakhs, Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, Germans, Poles, Koreans and many others living in peace and harmony. We all together raise our children, strengthen unity and friendship, create a prosperous future for our common land of Kazakhstan.

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Institutional Strengthening of the Justice Sector in Kazakhstan

The World Bank , Mar 18, 2014 

The Justice Sector Institutional Strengthening Project, a project to strengthen judicial services in Kazakhstan and to improve the key legal and rule of law environment, will receive a $36 million loan from the World Bank Group. The five-year project is designed to help strengthen the implementation of key elements of the legal and institutional framework. Notably, the project will introduce modern and transparent dispute resolution systems and improve judicial efficiency. The World Bank has invested $6.8 billion for 40 projects in Kazakhstan.

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Kazakh Foreign Policy Concept for 2014 – 2020 and the Ukraine Crisis

Turkish Weekly , Mar 19, 2014 

On December 16th, 2012 President Nursultan Nazarbayev outlined Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy Strategy for 2014-2020 to the nation. His strategy long prioritized economic development and a “multi-vector” foreign policy, which brought growth to Kazakhstan’s economy and the Central Asia region. Kazakhstan has called for “intra-regional integration in Central Asia” and international integration of the region. But the crisis in the Ukraine has concerned Kazakhstan in many ways.

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Telephone Conversation with President Barack Obama

Embassy of Kazakhstan , Mar 10, 2014 

President Nursultan Nazarbayev and President Barack Obama spoke on the phone on March 10, 2014 and discussed important issues of Kazakh-U.S. strategic partnership. In particular, they talked about the preparations for the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 24-25.

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