Miroslav Lajčák Visits Kazakhstan as the OSCE Chairperson in Office

Miroslav Lajčák Visits Kazakhstan as the OSCE Chairperson in Office

8.4.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today (8 April 2019) held working meetings in Kazakhstan. Following his visits to Ukraine, Moldova, South Caucasus countries, and his talks in Moscow, he thus launched a series of visits to Central Asian countries.

In the recently renamed capital city of Nur-Sultan, Lajčák held talks with his Kazakh counterpart Beibut Atamkulov, Dariga Nazarbayeva, Chairperson of the Senate of the Kazakh National Assembly, and, in addition, was received by the President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.  “I am positive about the new dynamics that are characteristic of Central Asia nowadays and that lead to more intensive regional cooperation especially in areas such as economic cooperation, connectivity, counter-terrorism, modernization of public administration, as well as environmental protection,” stated the Slovak Minister. He also emphasized that Central Asia is a strategically important region from the point of view of European security.  Also in this regard he recalled the counter-terrorism conference recently organized by Slovakia in the context of its OSCE Chairmanship. Lajčák expressed his support for the continuation of the activities of the OSCE Program Office in Nur-Sultan, which plays an important role in strengthening the capacities of the Central Asian countries for implementing the OSCE commitments, including in the areas of police and justice reform.  The Minister presented the Chairmanship priorities and added that Slovakia wants to help the region of Central Asia to improve conditions of ecology security.  With the partners, the head of Slovak diplomacy also talked about bilateral issues. “Kazakhstan belongs among our important partners in trade-and-economic cooperation. Further increasing the attractiveness of the business environment would also mean an increased interest of Slovak investors in your country,” he stated in this regard. 

Lajčák met with local students and graduates of the OSCE programs focused on youth, with whom he discussed the priorities of the Slovak Presidency in this organization, as well as bilateral relations and current international policy issues.  He also met with representatives of civil society with the same objective.

The OSCE has been present in Central Asia for more than 20 years.  The goal of the visits made by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in this region is to assure Central Asian countries about the support of our Chairmanship for their efforts towards reform in the areas of security and the environment. The Kazakh partners appreciated the work of Slovakia’s Chairmanship based on their experiences from 2010 when they were at the head of the OSCE.  In the context of his visits to the Central Asian countries, Lajčák will be in Kyrgyzstan tomorrow.