On February 7, 2020, at the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a meeting was held with Rudolf Hykl, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting was also attended by Ladislav Steinhubel, Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
KazISS was represented by Director Zarema Shaukenova, Deputy Director Sanat Kushkumbayev, Secretary for Academic and Research Affairs Kazbek Issayev, and the Head of the Department of International Studies Assel Nazarbetova.
January 1, 2020 marks the 27th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic.
Within the framework of the meeting, the current state and prospects of Kazakh-Czech relations, cooperation in multilateral formats were discussed: Kazakhstan - the EU, Central Asia - the EU and Central Asia - Visegrád Group. The Czech Republic is one of the leading foreign economic partners of Kazakhstan in Central and Eastern Europe.
In addition, the parties discussed the need to establish contacts between research centers of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic, as well as the possibility of implementing joint projects on topical issues of bilateral and interregional cooperation, international security, relations of Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries with global players, problems of extremism and radicalization.
The Head of KazISS and the Ambassador emphasized the importance of expanding and deepening the economic, cultural and humanitarian ties between Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic, underlined the critical role of diplomatic missions and analytical structures of the two countries in these processes. R. Gikl emphasized the high importance for the Czech Republic of the appointment of the Ambassador of Kazakhstan M.M. Tazhin, a significant politician, well-known Kazakhstani statesman, authoritative scientist, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Recently, the presentation of credentials of the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in the Czech Republic M.M. Tazhin to the President of the country Milos Zeman has been held in Prague.
Among the bright events within the framework of celebration the 175th anniversary of Abay, on January 27 of 2020, the Clementinum National Library of the Czech Republic officially opened the Abay Cultural Information Center. This event was organized by the joint efforts of the Czech National Library Clementium and the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan at support of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the Czech Republic. In his speech, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Czech Republic M.M. Tazhin noted that the opening of the Abay Center will serve the mutual cultural enrichment of the peoples of the two countries, and will allow the Czech public to study Kazakh literature and poetry more deeply.
Following the meeting, Kazakhstani analysts and Czech diplomats noted the advisability of expanding contacts between scientists and experts of the two countries, conducting joint events, exchanging experts in order to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic.