Nur Sultan, 8 March 2022 (TDI): Kazakhstan Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko met with Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) representatives.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) General Secretory Helga Maria Schmid and Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, joined the meeting.
Both sides talked about the Ukraine crisis and the humanitarian situation. Further, they discussed bilateral relations between Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Kazakhstan.
#Kazakhstan‘s cooperation with #OSCE has gone from strength to strength in 30 years since we joined✊️.
With @HelgaSchmid_SG we discussed ways to make it even stronger in building up #NewKazakhstan. OSCE Program Office has special role to play. Also discussed #Ukraine 💔 pic.twitter.com/Mxj6pxIj5q
— Роман Василенко (@romanvassilenko) March 7, 2022
Kazakh Minister and OSCE officials discussion in the meeting
Kazakh Minister Vassilenko and OSCE General Secretory Helga Maria Schmid discussed the Ukraine crisis. Likewise, they talked about humanitarian assistance and agreed on the urgent need for humanitarian aid for Ukrainians.
Moreover, both officials also discussed the Kazakhstan reform agenda in the country. Additionally, General Secretory Helga Maria Schmid showed readiness to support Kazakhstan law enforcement and judiciary reforms.
In addition, Kazakh Deputy Minister also talked with OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro. Both discussed a wide range of issues. These include fake news, infodemics, protection of journalists, and relations between media and authorities. Additionally, Teresa briefed about the challenges of media in the OSCE region and the world.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe: An Overview
It is the political organization of Europe and has 57 member countries. All members enjoy equal status, and they make decisions through consensus.
OSCE covers a wide range of issues. These include arms control, human rights, confidence- and security-building measures, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities, democratization, and policing strategies.