On November 22, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev met with Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Ghada Fathi Waly to discuss topical issues related to fighting against illicit drug trafficking, organised crime, corruption, terrorism and cybercrime, the press office of Akorda reported to CentralAsia.news.
The leader of Kazakhstan highly evaluated the major role of the United Nations in addressing a number of global challenges and confirmed Kazakhstan’s intention to continue close cooperation with the UN in achieving sustainable development, security and peace. Tokayev sincerely supported the activities of this unit of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Central Asian region, given the current situation in Afghanistan. He also welcomed the adoption of a new UNODC Programme for Central Asia for 2022-2025, which would lay a solid foundation for continued fruitful interaction.
The UN representative commended the ongoing reforms in Kazakhstan, including those aimed at improving the law enforcement system. She expressed gratitude to the leader of Kazakhstan for providing assistance in evacuating UN staffers from the IRA and accommodating them in Almaty.