OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ann Linde Visits Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde paid an offi­cial vis­it to Kazakhstan.

Nur-Sultan was the first des­ti­na­tion in Linde’s four-day vis­it to the OSCE par­tic­i­pat­ing States of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan from April 11 to April 15. She is also expect­ed to hold talks vir­tu­al­ly with the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan.

As part of her vis­it to Kazakhstan, Linde met with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who not­ed the extreme impor­tance of her vis­it to the coun­try, both as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and as Swedish Foreign Minister.

I would like to empha­size Kazakhstan’s strong com­mit­ment to OSCE prin­ci­ples and val­ues. Co-oper­a­tion with your organ­i­sa­tion is one of the pri­or­i­ties of our for­eign pol­i­cy. We are ready for clos­er coop­er­a­tion both with your orga­ni­za­tion and with the mem­ber states,” said Tokayev, not­ing the impor­tance of  the OSCE Summit host­ed by the Kazakh cap­i­tal Nur-Sultan (Astana back then) in 2010.

Linde also under­lined the impor­tance of the Astana Declaration, adopt­ed at the 2010 summit.

The dec­la­ra­tion is our com­mon achieve­ment, as it high­lights adher­ence to the OSCE’s key com­mit­ments. Today, these key com­mit­ments, re-enforced in the Astana Summit, remain valid,” she said. 

She also out­lined the pri­or­i­ties of the Swedish Chairpersonship, includ­ing uphold­ing the OSCE con­cept of com­pre­hen­sive secu­ri­ty that is based on the inter­re­lat­ed­ness between polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic secu­ri­ty, human rights, democ­ra­cy, the rule of law and equality.

During the meet­ing, Tokayev also reaf­firmed his nation’s com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing ties with Sweden with a focus on eco­nom­ic and human­i­tar­i­an cooperation. 

Linde expressed her grat­i­tude to Tokayev for a warm wel­come and said that the vis­it was a pri­or­i­ty for her as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.

I want to note that we attach great impor­tance to the OSCE’s rela­tions with Kazakhstan,” she said. 

Linde’s meet­ing with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi also focused on fur­ther strength­en­ing coop­er­a­tion with the coun­try, across three dimen­sions – the politi­co-mil­i­tary, the eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal, and the human dimension.

At a press brief­ing that fol­lowed the meet­ing, Tileuberdi said the poten­tial for Kazakh and Swedish coop­er­a­tion is significant. 

We com­mend Kazakh and Swedish trade and eco­nom­ic coop­er­a­tion. We expressed inter­est in greater coop­er­a­tion in health­care, infor­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and ener­gy. Kazakhstan is inter­est­ed in coop­er­a­tion with Sweden in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, agri­cul­ture and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion,” said Tileuberdi address­ing the journalists. 

After con­clud­ing her vis­it to Nur-Sultan on April 12th, Linde is expect­ed to vis­it Uzbekistan next. 

By Assel Satubaldina in International 

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