ASTANA, September 12 - On the margins of the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Science and Technology held in Astana on September 10-11, the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with the Vice-President of the Union of the Comoros, the Minister of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications Abdalla Said Saruma.
The distinguished guest expressed great gratitude to Kazakhstan and personally to President Nursultan Nazarbayev for the assistance provided to the development of this small island nation.
The interlocutors called for further strengthening of diplomatic contacts and interaction in various areas between Kazakhstan and the Union of the Comoros, which are the trading "gates" of East Africa.
Abdalla Said Saruma stressed that his country pays special attention to the development of telecommunication technologies and the training of specialists in this area. In this regard, and given Kazakhstan's solid scientific and educational base, he inquired about the possibility of training Comorian students in our country.
The head of the Kazakh Foreign Service offered to jointly explore the prospects for expanding bilateral cooperation, including in the area of training specialists for the priority sectors of the Comorian economy.
Abdrakhmanov also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Morocco Nasser Burita, who led the kingdom'sdelegation at the OIC Summit on Science and Technology.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the main issues of bilateral and international cooperation between Astana and Rabat.
Burita highly commented President Nazarbayev's initiative holding on the first ever OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana, emphasizing the timeliness and interest of the member countries of the organization in discussing the development of cooperation in fields of high technology.
Taking into account the non-permanent membership of Kazakhstan in the UN Security Council and the extensive agenda on topical issues of the African continent, the head of the Moroccan Foreign Service acquainted Abdrakhmanov with the main aspects of the Kingdom's cooperation with the countries of Africa, noting that Morocco is the second state in terms of attracting foreign direct investments in the region.
Turning to the questions of bilateral cooperation, the ministers noted the need for further development of dialogue in both political and economic spheres and stressed that further expansion of the legal framework will help to raise the potential of cooperation between the two countries to a qualitatively new level.
Within the framework of the Summit, Abdrakhmanov met with the Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Abdulaziz Usman Al-Tuwaijri.
The interlocutors discussed the issues of cooperation between Kazakhstan and ISESCO, the participation of representatives of the Organization in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions next year, the Astana process on Syria, as well as the results of the OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana.
Abdrakhmanov expressed gratitude to ISESCO for unswerving support of Kazakhstan's initiatives on the international arena, and drew attention to the proposals of President Nazarbayev, made during the Summit, including the creation of a forum of 15 advanced OIC countries, similar to G-20.
Abdulaziz Usman Al-Tuwaijri welcomed the results of the Summit held in Astana. He also noted the willingness of ISESCO to develop close cooperation with the institutes of Kazakhstan in the field of science and technology and informed the Minister of the opening of the ISESCO Chair on Science, Technology and Innovation on the basis of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.
During the meeting with the head of the delegation of Uganda at the Summit, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Henry Oryem Okello, accompanied by Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Uganda Eliod Tumvesigi, the prospects of development of cooperation between the two countries in bilateral format and on multilateral platforms were discussed.
Abdrakhmanov expressed gratitude for the support of Kazakhstan's candidacy for non-permanent members of the UN Security Council and for Uganda's active participation, along with other African countries, in the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017.
In turn, the high representatives of Uganda expressed satisfaction with the results of the OIC Summit on Science and Technology, and expressed interest in intensifying cooperation with Kazakhstan in the field of biotechnology, construction of railways, mining and chemical industries, military-technical sphere, and training of young specialists in the field of science and technology. An addition, Uganda's extensive experience of contributing to the United Nations peacekeeping activities was discussed.