On December 15, a new EU funded project started working on establishing a water treatment plant in the city of Istiklol (formerly Taboshar) in northern Tajikistan. The project is part of the EU's programme for Central Asia on Environmental Remediation, the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan said.
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Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, top government officials and took part in a Kazakh-Israeli business forum during a Dec.14 visit to Astana.
During the presidency of Uzbekistan in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) (2013-2016), a third action plan to assist countries in the Aral Sea Basin Program (ASBP-3) was implemented, monitoring the progress of which was carried out by the Executive Committee of IFAS jointly with the IFAS Agency for management of projects in the Aral Sea Basin and Global Environment Facility (GEF IFAS) and its subsidiaries, founder states of the Fund, regional and international organizations and donors.
Kazakhstan’s National Atomic Company Kazatomprom, Ulba Metallurgical Plant and China’s CGNPC Uranium Resources Co. Ltd. signed an agreement on the principles of implementation of a fuel project, Ulba Metallurgical Plant said.
Kazakh professors and legal researchers talked about challenges and opportunities for Kazakhstan’s participation in international organisations at a Dec. 3 roundtable devoted to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Independence and election of Kazakhstan for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.
It was Lord Palmerston, the Victorian-era British Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister, who said that nations had no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests. (The same man in 1841 famously dismissed Hong Kong as “a barren rock”.)
Kazakhstan – the world’s fifth largest country in terms of land mass – is aiming to put its valuable territory to global good use as it participates in a massive new railway-to-sea transit route linking China with Eastern Europe.
Prosecutor General’s Office of Kazakhstan said in a statement on December 14 that it will take all lawful measures to detain Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov and his associates, to bring the investigation to the end, ensure fair trial and compensation of damages.
Recently-elected UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took the oath of office in front of at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday.
Uzbekistan will maintain the continuity and consistency in its foreign policy aimed at the protection and promotion of the country’s fundamental interests, said the Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.