NEW YORK -- Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev shared his country's experiences in combating terrorism while speaking at the 74th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, Kazinform reported Wednesday (September 25).
"We all know that conflicts are devastating and give rise to terrorism and extremism. These challenges can be defeated only by joint actions through a global anti-terrorism network under the auspices of the UN," said Tokayev.
Kazakhstan accomplished a mass repatriation of radicalised citizens stranded in Syria, Operation "Jusan" (Bitter Wormwood) in co-operation with its international partners, he noted.
"As a result, 595 Kazakh citizens seduced by terrorist propaganda, including 406 children, returned back home from the war zones in Syria. We are ready to share our experience with other countries and urge them to take similar actions," he said.
Tokayev also called for a world free of nuclear weapons.
"Achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world remains the top priority for my country. This aspiration has become an inalienable part of the national identity of the Kazakh people, giving us the moral right to be at the forefront of the global movement to eliminate nuclear weapons," he said.