The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Ambassador Erlan A. Idrissov, with whom he shared his views on current issues on the hemispheric agenda and stressed the importance of strengthening relations between the country and OAS member states.
During the meeting, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, Ambassador Idrissov explained his country's intention to become a member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2017 - 2018 period, an aspiration which has special importance to his country.
"We are a young nation that is taking important steps to grow, we are emerging into the world and we want to make a contribution to world affairs. New countries like ours must be properly represented in international spheres," he said and stressed the concerns that his country shares with the member states of the OAS, such as water management and food and energy security.
Secretary General Insulza, for his part, discussed with Minister Idrissov issues of current importance in the Hemisphere and advocated the exploration of avenues of cooperation between the Americas and the Central Asian country. In that sense, he expressed his belief in the potential and future of Kazakhstan, and urged the region to continue to identify opportunities for interaction because "I'm convinced that there are many common interests."
Kazakhstan has been an observer country to the OAS since 1996 and maintains close diplomatic relations with several OAS members. The Permanent Observer to the OAS and Ambassador of Kazakhstan in the United States, Kairat Umarov was also present at the meeting with Secretary General Insulza.
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