AMMAN — Over the past two decades, Jordan and Kazakhstan have shown a consistent interest in strengthening bilateral ties and developing mutually beneficial cooperation, Kazakh Ambassador to Jordan Bulat Sarsenbayev said.
In a recent interview with The Jordan Times, Sarsanbayev said that Kazakhstan, which celebrates the 21st anniversary of its independence today, has aspired toward further joint cooperation with Jordan since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1993.
“Kazakh-Jordanian relations are developing steadily. Mutual visits at the highest level, and regular contacts between ministries of both countries in political, trade-economy, cultural and other areas are the evidence of it,” he said, citing the close personal ties between His Majesty King Abdullah and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The two countries cooperate within the framework of international organisations as well, he added, noting that Kazakhstan has appreciated the Kingdom’s participation in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the Astana Economic Forum, and other recent conferences hosted by the Central Asian country, as well as Jordan’s support for Astana’s bid to host the 2017 International Expo.
“I would like to emphasise our continued support for the political and economic reform process in Jordan, in accordance with the aspiration of the people and the far-sighted vision that was laid out from the very beginning by His Majesty King Abdullah,” Sarsenbayev said, adding that his government is considering providing the Kingdom with a soft loan to support its economy.
The envoy added that despite the distance between the two countries, Jordan and Kazakhstan share common principles and a desire to live in peace with their neighbours near and far.
In that regard, he said, his country has worked to ensure the success of the political transitions that were set in motion in the aftermath of the recent uprisings in many countries of North Africa and the Middle East, to create and sustain the political and economic conditions for state building and, most importantly, to prevent Islamic nations from falling into the hands of extremists.
Kazakhstan has also worked to support peace in Syria, used its friendly relations with countries in the region to promote the cause of Palestine, and worked to uphold peace among member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) not only in North Africa and the Middle East, but also in Afghanistan, Mali, the Philippines, Somalia and Sudan, Sarsanbayev added.
Voicing appreciation of the Kingdom’s efforts to help the Syrian people face the repercussions of the crisis their country is going through, the envoy said Kazakhstan had allocated $200,000 through the OIC to support Jordan in providing humanitarian services to Syrian refugees.
Kazakhstan chaired the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010, hosting the first OSCE summit meeting in 11 years that December, which resulted in the adoption of the Astana Declaration reaffirming the commitment of all 56 OSCE countries to strengthen cooperation within the organisation.
Kazakhstan also hosted the 38th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in June 2011.