Kazakhstan is seeking to reprise its role as a locomotive for regional integration by calling for a landmark summit of Central Asian leaders to be held in Astana next year.
The proposal was reportedly voiced by Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov in Samarkand on November 10 at a UN-sponsored conference devoted to security and sustainable development in Central Asia.
“Ever since the acquisition of independence more than 25 years ago, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has actively advanced policies of regional integration that accounted for the interests and expectations of all governments in the region. Today this process has been given a new impulse as we are seeing a burst of regional contacts at all levels,” Abdrakhmanov said.
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