30 years of Kazakhstan’s diplomacy
Balance and multi-vector policy. The Kazakh diplomacy marks its 30th anniversary. Over these years, the country’s foreign policy has proved to be successful in providing sustainable development. Kazakhstan showed itself as a responsible participant in the global system of international relations. As a result, the country has established diplomatic relations with 186 states. It is a full-fledged member of more than 50 international organizations. The diplomatic service that has been on guard for national interests for three decades, as well as its accomplishments were discussed during an international roundtable meeting in the capital today. It was attended by heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Kazakhstan, representatives of a number of departments and experts in international affairs. Figures at the roots of domestic diplomatic establishment were the honored guests of the session.
“30 years is a short period in historical terms, but in general, a lot has been done for Kazakhstan during this time. Our foreign policy department has become a powerful ministry with a large network of embassies and missions. Our diplomats now work in more than 60 countries. We are a full-fledged member of the United Nations, and Kazakhstan has become the center of many international events,” Tuleutai Suleimenov, First Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, said.
A thematic exhibition presented significant events of the activities of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. The exhibits displayed there included archival documents and photographs, as well as valuable diplomatic gifts that the country has received over the years. It was also possible to observe books, souvenirs, dishes and other decorative products made of silver, gold, wood and porcelain given from delegations of the countries abroad.
“The value of diplomatic gifts is a whole science. When Presidents give certain items to each other, they show their mutual respect for each other, and thus for the nations. Our exhibition is organized together with the Archive of the President of Kazakhstan. It will last for more than three months,” Dinara Zhaisenbayeva, senior expert of the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan, said.