Kazakh Senate Speaker takes part in CSTO and CIS Parliamentary Assemblies18 april 2015, 19:10
Chairman of the Kazakh Senate Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev has taken part in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tengrinews reports citing the press office of the Parliament’s Senate.
During the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CSTO, the delegates discussed the decisions made in the course of the December session of the CSTO’s Council and the situation in the zone of the organisation's responsibility. They got an update on the priorities of Tajikistan's Chairmanship in the CSTO this year, and discussed the results of the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and other issues related to the parliamentary cooperation within the frameworks of the CSTO.
During the Council’s meeting and at the plenary session of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, the heads of the national parliaments discussed more than twenty issues.
Two draft laws were developed in the run-up to the 70th Anniversary of the Victory: "On perpetuating the memory of those killed in the defense of the Motherland" and "On the patriotic education".
Among other documents discussed at the meeting were laws "On piggyback transport", "On auditing", "On internal audit in public sector organizations", "On volunteering", an amended law "On tourism" as well as recommendations for improvement of the national legislations of CIS countries in the fight against technological terrorism.
During his visit to Russia Tokayev met with the head of the delegation of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Afghanistan’s bicameral National Assembly, Muhammad Salih Seljuki and expressed satisfaction with the progressive development of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Kazakhstan has been providing economic and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan along with assistance in building a social infrastructure in the country, he reminded. “We want stability and peace to be established in Afghanistan,” Tokayev said.
Seljuki, in turn, thanked Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the people of Kazakhstan for the financial and humanitarian aid.
He also expressed hope that Kazakhstan would extend the implementation of the educational program for Afghan young people. The project was initiated by the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2010 during Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship in the OSCE.
The agreement between the governments of the two countries enables 1,000 Afghan citizens to study in Kazakhstan during 2010-2020: 700 out of 1,000 may study in universities with 177 of them getting Master’s degrees and the remaining 300 - in vocational schools.
The selection of the students was been carried out for five years and the year 2014 was the last one. However, last year Ambassador-at-Large of Kazakh Foreign Ministry Timur Urazayev confirmed that there was a possibility that the program would be prolonged by Kazakhstan.
Tokayev and Seljuki also exchanged opinions on the international agenda and raised their concerns about the situation in Afghanistan. “We are watching the situation around Afghanistan closely. Security in Central Asia is a key priority for the CSTO,” Tokayev said.
When speaking about the cooperation between the parliaments, he said that parliamentary diplomacy played a huge role and Kazakhstan was interested in facilitation of the cooperation between the parliaments of Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.
Writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina