Nazarbayev about change of Foreign Minister: I wanted to do it for a long time

Date: 11:03, 28-12-2018.

Astana. December 28. KazTAG - I wanted to change the head of the Foreign Ministry for a long time, said Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan.
"I wanted to do it for a long time, because the Foreign Ministry believes they are purely political organization. But we are not China, we are not Russia, we are not the US, which global affairs do we have? Look how the US embassy is promoting the interests of companies. When something happens they apply to us saying we don't have it. We started appointing an advisor in the embassy from each ministry. It is the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture. Nobody knows what they do, each ministry is sent there. So, the question of the Foreign Ministry and foreign economic ties has been on the agenda for a long time. I.e. the questions of investments and export must be controlled by the MFA's workers," said N. Nazarbayev at the meeting with the representatives of mass media.
In the video posted in Facebook by Akorda N. Nazarbayev said that the MFA employees feel comfortable as they know the languages and the country.
"We have changed the profile of the Ministry and we needed a person who knows the economy, for this reason Beibut Atamkulov was appointed as a minister. He has a degree in metallurgy, he worked as an ambassador in Malaysia, as a counselor in Europe, he knows the economy," he said.
He reminded ex Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov is transferring to a new work place.

Photo source: presidential press-service

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