Astana (Kazakhstan) – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, who arrived in Astana on an official visit on Wednesday.
Nazarbayev awarded King Abdullah the state prize in recognition of his contribution to the fight against nuclear weapons.
Nazarbayev also praised Jordan’s role in the Syrian peace talks that Astana hosts.
During a two-day visit to Kazakhstan, the officials from both sides will meet for bilateral talks mainly focusing on trade and economic cooperation.
The King of Jordan thanked the President and praised his peacemaking achievements at the international level.
“In view of our state’s role, I established a special prize for those who are notable for the fight against nuclear weapons. Kazakhstan has decided to award you with the first prize, and I signed the respective Decree. It is the recognition of your services and we hope that you, under the conditions of war in Syria, Iraq, will continue to play a peacekeeping role that brings nations together. In the Astana process on Syria, your country also plays a big role. For this reason, the special commission awarded this Prize to you. It is a great honour for me to present it,” the President said at the meeting with the King of Jordan.
In turn, King Abdullah thanked the President and the people of Kazakhstan on behalf of his country.
“I want to make it clear that Jordan and the entire international community know and appreciate your special role in resolving the conflicts in the world stage. In addition to setting the standards and responses to the nuclear non-proliferation challenges, you have also achieved a great success in the inter-ethnic and inter-religious accord. It is a great credit. We appreciate this role as you are making this world safer,” he added. – firstname.lastname@example.org