Recently re-elected Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined Astana’s foreign policy agenda in his inaugural speech
Kazakhstan will prioritize cooperation with its close neighbors, including Russia and China, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Saturday in his inauguration speech after his re-election. The nation will pursue a “balance” foreign policy guided by its own interests, he added.
“[We] will focus our priority attention on … mutually beneficial cooperation and strategic partnership” with Moscow, Beijing, “and the sister nations of Central Asia”, Tokayev underlined.
The country will remain committed to international law and the United Nations Charter, the president noted. It will also not abandon its multi-vector cooperation with other states, he said, mentioning that Astana will continue to work with the United States, the EU, Middle Eastern countries, as well as with all other interested parties.
The newly re-elected president had previously announced a series of sweeping reforms aimed at altering the country’s key government institutions. Tokayev particularly insisted on the need to transform “super-presidential” republic into a more balanced republic and proposed limiting the presidential term to seven years.
Incumbent President Tokayev won a landslide victory in last weekend’s snap election, winning more than 80% of the vote. He first came to power in 2019 after the decades-long rule of Kazakhstan’s first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The presidential election was announced in September, months after a wave of civil unrest rocked the Central Asian nation in January. In the first half of next year, the country is also expected to hold parliamentary elections.
Last Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Tokayev on his re-election, noting that he had received a mandate of confidence from the Kazakh people, which opens up the possibility for him to advance his vision for the development of the nation.
Putin added that the strategic partnership and alliance between Russia and Kazakhstan, which is based on “traditions of friendship, mutual respect and good neighbourliness”, were developing “with great success.”
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