Significant Visit of President to Kazakhstan
- 16 July 2008
The important visit of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the Republic of Kazakhstan reflects the wisdom and vitality of the UAE's foreign policy. The significance of the visit lies in the link between internal and external interests of the UAE, wherein its diplomacy engages with external developments to serve the interests of its internal needs. This was explicitly enunciated by President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his arrival to the Kazakhstan capital Astana. His Highness expressed his keenness in securing stable food supplies for the country, in the light of the fact that Kazakhstan enjoys a relative advantage in the field of agriculture. Therefore, the UAE's leadership is seeking to make use of its strong foreign relations in securing food supplies, which is a timely move given the worsening global food crisis.
The other significance of this visit is based on its emphasis of forging mutually beneficial relations with foreign countries. The statement of President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, highlighted that relations between the UAE and Kazakhstan in recent years have been strengthened by several joint projects and endeavours. He also highlighted Kazakhstan's policies that has created a conducive atmosphere for the UAE's private sector to open its doors to the country. The third significance of the visit lies in that it underscores the UAE's Look East policy that is focusing on Asia for its strategic, geographic, economic and security related matters. This may lead to the diversification of options on the international scene, but in accordance with the all-important principle of maintaining good relations with all parties at both regional and international arenas.
The UAE's foreign policy is reaping the rewards of the goodwill and credibility it has cultivated over the years on the world stage. For this reason, its actions on the regional and international levels are widely acknowledged and this fact was manifest in the way the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was welcomed magnanimously in Kazakhstan. Such trust and goodwill accorded to the country has not been easy to achieve, but has taken several years to achieve. The UAE leadership is mindful of this fact and this is reflected in its wise policies.