Vienna, 15 March 2023 (TDI): First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Kairat Umarov is participating in the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), held in Austria, from 13 -17 March 2023.

Kazakhstan contributes to international drug control decision-making as a CND member for 2020–2023. During his speech, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister stressed the importance of regional initiatives, particularly in light of the rising regional and global volatility.

He specifically mentioned the 2010-founded Central Asian Center for Combating Drug Trafficking (CARICC) in Almaty.

Umarov noted that CARICC has assisted in coordinating more than 50 anti-drug operations, which have led to the recovery of 700 kg of heavy drugs and the detention of 50 members of international gangs throughout the years.

Kazakhstan has also co-organized a CARICC side event on the sidelines of the current Commission session to raise awareness of the Center’s operations.

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In addition, on the fringes of the CND, Kazakhstan’s delegation participated in a joint panel session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The participation of Kazakhstan in the 66thCND demonstrates the country’s dedication to eradicating drug trafficking and fostering peace in the region.

Kazakhstan’s attempts to engage with international groups to combat drug trafficking indicate the country’s devotion to global narcotics prohibition.

Meeting of Kazakhstan and Austria’s Diplomats

On the same day, Kairat Umarov met with Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Secretary General of Austria’s Foreign Ministry. They discussed a broad spectrum of subjects relating to bilateral cooperation. They also investigated prospects for associations in several domains.

Both diplomats underlined the importance of organizing bilateral visits at the highest levels. Umarov briefed the Austrian Secretary General about Kazakhstan’s ongoing political and socioeconomic reforms and the upcoming parliamentary elections.

They also reviewed current international concerns. Launsky-Tiffenthal complimented Kazakhstan’s ongoing changes and the opportunities for bilateral collaboration.

Launsky-Tiffenthal also commended Kazakhstan’s hard work in international organizations, such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and its balanced response to the most pressing issues on the global agenda.

During the discussion, both countries’ spokespersons committed to expanding bilateral and multilateral collaboration between Astana and Vienna.

Kazakhstan’s delegation will continue its work at the 66th session of the CND. The discussions of the Deputy Foreign Ministry with the heads of international organizations stationed in Vienna also are planned during the summit.

Kazakhstan’s active engagement in international forums and its efforts to deepen collaboration with other countries demonstrates its dedication to promoting global peace and stability.

It also illustrates Kazakhstan’s dedication to fostering connections with other nations to advance joint interests across various issues.