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Political Background Discussion with Yerzhan Kazykhanov

Berlin, July 20, 2011

Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, met with representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss Kazakhstan’s presidency of the Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Organisation for the Islamic Conference (OIC) as well as the bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and Germany.

In the course of the discussion, Kazakhstan’s presidency of the OSCE, SCO and OIC was evaluated. Also discussed were the economic and political developments in Kazakhstan. Questions were raised by participants on the impact of the Arab spring on democratic reforms in the country but it was considered unlikely that an Arab spring scenario would take root in Kazakhstan.

The participants agreed that bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and Germany were excellent. Both sides could benefit from greater cooperation in areas including mineral resources management and technology development. Kazakhstan is also committed to serve as a reliable energy supplier for Europe.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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