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The Speaker of the Senate met with the delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

09.04.2024 410

Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament Maulen Ashimbayev met with a delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly headed by the Special Representative for Central Asia Farah Karimi. The parties discussed the prospects for further development of cooperation, including within the framework of international organizations.

Opening the meeting, Maulen Ashimbayev stressed that Kazakhstan considers the OSCE as an effective multilateral platform for decision-making on fundamental issues of security and cooperation.

"The OSCE carries out an important mission of a "connecting bridge" between East and West, as it happened during the creation of the Organization. We are interested in further developing constructive cooperation with the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which is our important political partner in the European space. Kazakh parliamentarians take an active part in the sessions of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the work of its committees and as part of observation missions", said Maulen Ashimbayev.

The Speaker of the Senate also drew attention to the fact that relations between the Central Asian states are steadily developing today in the spirit of strategic partnership and alliance. The Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pays close attention to this issue. The parties also maintain a high level of cooperation in the region through Parliaments.

"The trends towards regional convergence meet the national interests of our countries and contribute to the realization of the enormous economic and cultural potential of Central Asia. In 2022, the heads of state signed an Agreement on Friendship, Good-Neighborliness and Cooperation for the Development of Central Asia in the 21st Century. We are actively working within the framework of bilateral interparliamentary commissions for cooperation with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In addition, we have created a new platform – the Interparliamentary Forum of Central Asian States. Last year, the first forum was held in Kazakhstan", the Chairman of the Chamber said.

At the same time, Maulen Ashimbayev familiarized the parliamentarians with the implementation of reforms carried out in Kazakhstan on the initiative of the President of the country.

In addition, topical issues of the Central Asian countries related to the state of ecology, climate change, transboundary rivers, problems in the fields of irrigation, rational use of water resources and other industries were discussed. In particular, special attention was paid to joint projects to restore the ecosystem of the Aral Sea and the legislative work of the Chamber in this direction.

Representatives of the OSCE PA, for their part, noted the importance of the transformations taking place in the political and socio-economic life of Kazakhstan, highly appreciating their results, and also expressed hope for further strengthening of inter-parliamentary cooperation.

(Press Office of the Senate, 74-72-27. Photo by: N.Baibullin)

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