President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had an interview with the Egemen Qazaqstan and the AIQYN newspapers.
Replying to questions from the Egemen Qazaqstan’s GEO, Darkhan Kydyrali, and the AIQYN’s editor-in-chief, Nurtore Zhussip, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev highlighted a range of important issues.
He outlined three basic principles on which his activity is based. These are continuity, justice and sustained development.
«By stepping down voluntarily from office, the Leader of the Nation provided a telling example of the new and completely unique approach to ruling an independent country. My main principle is based on similar values – statehood and continuity serve as a guarantee for the development of the country», he said.
«Justice is a universal human value. For humankind and whatever country, to lose justice is to lose themselves. A society, where there is a lack of justice, is prone to degradation. That is why the state, society, every person – we all need to stand against injustice», Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted.
«The third principle is to go on and on and on and on. We have a lot to lose if we don’t protect our interests and ensure the rapid development of our country in the global competition spearheaded by advanced science and technology. Nowadays, we cannot afford to be lazy and careless as the conditions of life require that we persistently and effectively proceed forward. And had you lagged behind, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to catch up», he said.
With regard to the question about what changes in the government are expected to occur, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made the following comment: «It is not necessary to change the government with a change of president in the country. The new government has only recently been formed. Now there is a time for doing important jobs, the ministers have been given specific instructions. It is necessary to meet the targets adopted at the (18th Regular) Congress (of the Nur Otan Party), the government has also been faced with the task of countering flood waters. Plus, we’ve got the planting season coming up».
At the same time the head of state noted that the individual cabinet members’ performance will later be evaluated separately in accordance with the results of work.
Touching upon the topic of his country’s external relations, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stressed, that Kazakhstan would continue a multi-vector policy and would develop cooperation with Russia, China, the EU, the US, as well as with its Central Asian neighbors and the Islamic world.
He also took note of the fact that integration processes had began in Kazakhstan after gaining independence. «This tradition remains unchanged; our policy does not change. Multi-vector strategy will remain a priority for the Kazakh diplomacy», the head of state said in that respect.
According to him, «a multi-vector foreign policy approach, outlined by first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, helped the country to avoid involving in the interstate and regional conflicts».
«Thanks to this policy, Kazakhstan has become well-known all over the world as a peace-loving nation and a peacekeeping state. Today, the peacekeeping mission is a priority of the country’s foreign policy. Kazakhstan is a peace platform in Asia», he said.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who served as the chairman of the upper house of the Kazakh parliament, took the oath of office on March 20 after the early resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been leading the country since 1990. From 1994 to 1999 he served as minister for foreign affairs of Kazakhstan. He was then promoted to deputy prime minister and later the same year prime minister of Kazakhstan. He was prime minister from 1999 until 2002, when he was then appointed state secretary – minister of foreign affairs before becoming minister for foreign affairs in 2003.
He remained in the position until January 2007 when he was firstly elected chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2011, he became director-general of the U.N. Office in Geneva. Then two years later, the Kazakhstani Senate elected him as its chairman for the second time.