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Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov (L) and Afghanistan Minister of Foreign Affairs Zalman Rasoul (R)
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister met with his Afghan counterpart

Head of Afghanistan Foreign Ministry arrived in Astana for participation in the 12th meeting of the international contact group on Afghanistan issues.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister met with his Afghan counterpart
Building of Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry expressed condolences to families of Taraz attack victims

Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed condolences to the families of the victims of Taraz terrorist attack.

Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry expressed condolences to families of Taraz attack victims
Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhanov. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister expressed condolences to Turkey

We share this grief of Turkish government and we are together with the ones who have suffered from this earthquake: Yerzhan Kazykhanov.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister expressed condolences to Turkey
Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry commented on Moamer Kadhafi's death

Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the death of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.

Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry commented on Moamer Kadhafi's death
Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
New official representative of Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry appointed

Altai Abibullayev was appointed the official representative of Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

New official representative of Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry appointed
Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov to pay a working visit to Tehran October 8-9

According to the Foreign Ministry, “the forthcoming visit may facilitate further development of bilateral political dialogue, expansion of trade and economic and humanitarian cooperation”.

Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov to pay a working visit to Tehran October 8-9
Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhanov. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister to visit China on September 7-9

Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhanov will make an official visit to China on September 7-9.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister to visit China on September 7-9
Astana ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Kazakhstan preparing for the first summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States

Almaty, Kazakhstan’s biggest city, will be hosting the summit October 20-21.

Kazakhstan preparing for the first summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States
Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhanov. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Almaty to host 1st summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS) in October

The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS) was established in 2009 as an international intergovernmental organization of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.

Almaty to host 1st summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS) in October
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Foreign Ministry finds it inadmissible for representatives of the European Parliament to intervene in the internal affairs of sovereign Kazakhstan

Nor do we find admissible any actions provoking political instability and public unrest: Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov.

Foreign Ministry finds it inadmissible for representatives of the European Parliament to intervene in the internal affairs of sovereign Kazakhstan
Yerzhan Kazykhanov. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry plans to launch 11 new embassies starting from 2012

11 new embassies are to be launched in 2012-2014, with 10 consulates transformed to diplomatic missions: Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry plans to launch 11 new embassies starting from 2012
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12 Kazakhstan tourists kept in custody in Uzbekistan

The tourists might have wandered off the trail and accidentally stepped on the Uzbek soil. The group comprises 9 teens and 3 adults. One of the tourists is diabetic.

12 Kazakhstan tourists kept in custody in Uzbekistan
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Brazil to open aircraft maintenance centers in Kazakhstan

Besides, Brazil expressed hope that Kazakhstan will launch its diplomatic representation office in Brasilia to boost bilateral cooperation: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry.

Brazil to open aircraft maintenance centers in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry
Astana puzzled over inclusion into the US Homeland Security Department’s list of “specially designated countries”

The situation contradicts with the spirit of strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the USA. We are expecting our US partners to take urgent measures to rectify the situation: Foreign Ministry.

Astana puzzled over inclusion into the US Homeland Security Department’s list of “specially designated countries”
Yerzhan Kazykhanov. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan seeking to abolish visas for OECD member states

According to Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov, following respective instructions of President Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan is working to simplify visa procedures for 34 OECD member states.

Kazakhstan seeking to abolish visas for OECD member states
Yerzhan Kazykhanov. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Chairmanship in OIC CFM officially transferred to Kazakhstan Minister Kazykhanov

Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhanov officially became chairman of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.

Chairmanship in OIC CFM officially transferred to Kazakhstan Minister Kazykhanov
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Serbian embassy to open in Kazakhstan

This will be an important positive step to enhance cooperation and rapprochement of the people: Yerzhan Kazykhanov.

Serbian embassy to open in Kazakhstan
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CSTO discussed prevention of threats from Afghanistan and North Africa

The meeting of Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member-states was held in Minsk today, May 31.

CSTO discussed prevention of threats from Afghanistan and North Africa
Kirill Denyakin
Kazakhstan hopes for fair investigation of Denyakin case

Representative of Kazakhstan Foreign Affairs Ministry Askar Abdrakhmanov commented on the progress of Denyakin case.

Kazakhstan hopes for fair investigation of Denyakin case
Alleged threats from Taliban and explosions in Aktobe and Astana are not related: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov
Alleged threats from Taliban and explosions in Aktobe and Astana are not related: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov

I believe it’s a pure speculation to relate the alleged statements supposedly coming from Taliban with the recent explosions in Aktobe and Astana still to be investigated, he said in an interview for Liter newspaper.

Alleged threats from Taliban and explosions in Aktobe and Astana are not related: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erzhan Kazykhanov