STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR RAUF ENGIN SOYSAL, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY, In response to the Report of Ambassador György Szabo Head of Programme Office in Astana (1154th Permanent Council)

Rauf Engin Soysal 13.07.2017

Thank you Mr. Chairperson.

We join the previous speakers in welcoming Ambassador Szabo back to the Permanent Council and thank him for his comprehensive report.

This year Turkey and Kazakhstan celebrate the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. We are pleased to have excellent relations with Kazakhstan who is our strategic partner and the source of stability in the Central Asian region. The strong will on both sides to strengthen cooperation in every field was once more confirmed during the visit of our Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Tuğrul Türkeş to Astana last month.

Turkey and Kazakhstan have close cooperation in international organizations, including the UN, OSCE, CICA and the Turkic Council. This cooperation also extends to the integration projects in Central Asia in the fields of transportation, logistics, investment, energy and trade that would contribute to the realization of the “Modern Silk Road”. Expo 2017-Future Energy that is successfully hosted by the Kazakh government provides a significant platform to bring the long-term efforts together for sustainable and secure energy. Turkey was represented at the highest level at the inauguration ceremony with one of the biggest pavilions of the exhibition. We are pleased that the OSCE pavilion presents a great opportunity for our Organization to demonstrate its work in the energy field.

Mr. Chairperson,

We are confident that Kazakhstan’s comprehensive reform goals under the 2050 Strategy will serve both its domestic prosperity and regional stability. We appreciate the Office’s support to the host country in this direction. We believe that Office’s activities in the areas of rule of law, good governance, trade facilitation and green growth will further contribute to Kazakhstan’s sustainable development.

We also welcome the constructive dialogue and effective cooperation between the Office and the host country in addressing the current challenges such as violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism, financing of terrorism, trafficking in human beings and border security. We support the Office’s cross dimensional efforts that correspond to the priorities of the host country. We are particularly pleased that the Office focuses on capacity building efforts for Kazak law enforcement authorities.

We value the Office’s contribution to improvement of green economy and renewable energy and its efforts in enhancing dialogue between civil society and relevant Kazak authorities to make better improvement in the human dimension. We encourage the Office to continue evaluating the results of its projects through different mechanisms and maintain its flexibility to address the priorities of Kazakhstan.

We hope that the visits of the Secretary General, the President of OSCE PA, Coordinator of the Economic and Environmental Activities and the Chairmanship’s Special Representative on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism to Kazakhstan provided good opportunities to elaborate on the fields of cooperation and increase the visibility of our Organization in the region.

In conclusion, I would like to wish Ambassador Szabo and his team success in their future endeavors.

Thank you.