UN, OSCE experts: Kazakhstan is world leader in repatriation of its citizens from conflict zones in Middle East
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Yerzhan Ashikbayev, took part in the high-level regional conference “Foreign terrorist fighters - addressing modern challenges”, organized by the OSCE together with the Government of Switzerland, the UN Counter-Terrorism Directorate and the Chairmanship of Albania in the OSCE, Strategy2050.kz has learnt from the MFA’s press service.
Speaking at the first session of the conference, Ashikbayev told about Kazakhstan’s efforts to counter the spread of terrorist ideology on the Internet, as well as Kazakhstan’s support for counter-terrorism efforts within the OSCE.
Given significant interest of the international community in the humanitarian operations Zhusan and Rusafa carried out by Kazakhstan, the Deputy Minister acted as a key speaker at a side event dedicated to the issues of rehabilitation and reintegration of ISIS Family Members. He highlighted the problems and challenges associated with the return of citizens from areas of terrorist activity, ranging from issues of documenting children to the involvement of best practices in working with returned persons. Separately, the activities of the non-governmental sector in resocialization were noted.
On the sidelines of the conference, Deputy Minister Ashikbayev met with Assistant Secretary General and Executive Director of the Executive Directorate of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Ms. Coninsx. They discussed further practical steps to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, including specific projects and events to exchange experiences and best practices.