Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan

Erlan Idrissov was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan in 2012, a position he also held from 1999 to 2002. He began his diplomatic career in 1985 and has worked in a number of departments at the MFA of the Kazakh SSR and later the Republic of Kazakhstan. Idrissov served as First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, Head of the Americas Department at the MFA, Ambassador-at-large, Advisor to the President of Kazakhstan, and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has also held several posts as Ambassador, including to the UK, Sweden, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, and to the United States.

We express our sincere hope – one shared by an overwhelming majority of the global community – that the remaining States […] will [ratify] without delay and make the Treaty’s universalization a matter of priority. A voluntary moratorium on nuclear testing, conducted by world nuclear powers today, cannot serve as an alternative to a legally binding document.