ISLAMABAD, 31 August 2018 - The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in cooperation with the Center for International Strategic Studies (Islamabad), held a "round table" on "Peace Initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev". The event was attended by Khalid-ur-Rahman Hashmi, Director General of the UN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, leading experts of scientific centers in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, researchers and students.
In the course of the round table, Ambassador Barlybay Sadykov briefed participants with the global peace initiatives of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev aimed at achieving a world free of nuclear weapons, strengthening confidence-building measures and settling regional conflicts.
Detailed information was presented on the initiatives of the Head of State such as: Announcement by the UN General Assembly - August 29 as International Day against Nuclear Tests; the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution on the Universal Declaration on the Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, the Atom Project, the Low Enriched Uranium Bank, the Manifesto "The World. The 21st century", Political Address of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the UN Security Council on the occasion of beginning Kazakhstan's non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018, as well as outcomes of the meeting on January 18, 2018 in New York under the chairmanship of the President of Kazakhstan H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the thematic briefing of the UN Security Council "Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: confidence-building measures".
Also, the participants of the “round table" were introduced with the peace initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev aimed at strengthening confidence measures, settlement of regional conflicts, including: the convocation of the CICA, the Astana process, the contribution of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program etc.
The theme of meeting attracted great interest among the participants of the “round table". The experts highly appreciated the policy of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to ensure domestic political stability and the peacemaking, mediation initiatives of Astana.
Khalid-ur-Rahman Hashmi highly appreciated Kazakhstan's peace initiatives, including Kazakhstan's active participation in the process of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, reconciliation of the conflicting parties.
The Pakistani diplomat positively noted the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to abandon the nuclear arsenal and close the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.
Mr. Hashmi stressed the importance and timeliness of the creation of Bank of Low Enriched Uranium in Kazakhstan, where the reserves of LEU will be stored under the full control of the IAEA. The Pakistani diplomat noted the importance of CICA in achieving mutual trust between the states of Asia and expressed confidence that, despite the current threats and the unstable situation in the region, CICA will play a key role in strengthening cooperation aimed at ensuring peace, security and stability in Asia.
Mr. Hashmi noted that in accordance with Kazakhstan's initiative, August 29 is marked at the UN as the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. Implementation of this initiative reflects the recognition by the world community not only of Kazakhstan's anti-nuclear initiatives, but also the disastrous consequences of nuclear tests.
Director of the Center for International Strategic Studies (Islamabad) Ali Sarvar Naqvi in his introductory speech highly appreciated the global initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and presented his views on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues, stressed that Pakistan has consistently supported the initiative of nuclear disarmament, but there are a number of obstacles, which make difficult to achieve this initiative.