Nur-Sultan, 4 June 2022 (TDI): The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretary General met with Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Foreign Minister in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Foreign Minister, Akan Rakhmetullin welcomed the SCO Secretary-General on his appointment and wished him luck in his new role.

Akan Rakhmetullin thanked the SCO Secretary-General, Zhang Ming for his participation in the SCO Observation Mission to the republican referendum on amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan which is to be held on the 5th of June.

Further, according to the Kazakh diplomat, the involvement of the SCO mission in the elections demonstrates the SCO’s high degree of contact and collaboration.

In response, Zhang Ming congratulated the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, for initiating political and economic changes. He expressed confidence that the constitutional reforms will elevate Kazakhstan to a new level of excellence and promote the well-being of its population.

During the meetings, the parties addressed how to enhance multidimensional and mutually beneficial collaboration and promote political, commercial, economic, cultural, and humanitarian relations.

There was an exchange of ideas on current regional and international challenges, as well as preparations for the next SCO Leaders Summit in Samarkand in fall 2022.

Kazakhstan and 20 years of Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an international body. Kazakhstan values the SCO’s role in enhancing world security and regional cooperation.

Together with other members of the Organization, Kazakhstan seeks to make a valuable contribution to the Organization’s strengthening and full implementation of its vast potential.

The key aims of Kazakhstan’s SCO membership include contributing to regional security, developing economic cooperation, expanding and implementing our region’s transit and transportation capabilities, and building humanitarian links among member nations.

Kazakh diplomacy has submitted a variety of novel ideas, initiatives, papers, and programs within the scope of the SCO since its inception.

Significant initiatives have been implemented, including the signing of the agreement on cooperation and interaction of SCO member states on border issues, the adoption of the SCO development strategy until 2025, the SCO program on fighting terrorism, separatism, and extremism, the SCO food security program, the anti-drug operation “Web” in 2019–2020, and so on, at the suggestion of the Kazakh side.

The President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev once stated their peoples have high aspirations for the SCO. They believe that constructive collaboration within the Organization based on compromise and mutual interests would enable them to face current and future problems with honor and increase people’s well-being.