The UAE-Kazakhstan Joint Consular Committee convenes virtually for third session

The United Arab Emirates and the Republic of the Kazakhstan Joint Consular Committee convened for its session in sustained efforts to advance and consolidate cooperation between the two friendly countries in all joint consular affairs and services to care for and serve their citizens.

The session was chaired by His Excellency Dr. Majed Ali Al Mansoori, Director of the Foreign Nationals Affairs Department at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), and His Excellency Bauyrzhan Akatayev, Director of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

H.E. Dr. Majed Al Mansoori conveyed the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his praise of the strong bilateral relations between the two countries in the consular field and his wishes of success for the meeting.

H.E. Dr. Majed Al Mansoori stressed the importance of cooperation in the consular field and its role in advancing and bolstering bilateral relations between the two countries. He praising the positive developments achieved during this year in terms of bilateral consular relations despite the challenges resulting from the global Covid-19 pandemic and thanked both sides for efforts exerted to provide outstanding consular services and facilitate the movement of citizens of the two countries.

H.E. Bauyrzhan Akatayev praised the leading position the UAE holds at the regional and international levels, and its pivotal economic and commercial role, and stressed that his country seeks to bolster consular cooperation to serve the citizens of both friendly countries.

During the meeting, Al Mansoori affirmed the UAE’s keenness on bolstering and developing relations between the two countries, reflecting the aspirations and orientations of the high leadership. He added that bilateral relations between UAE and Kazakhstan have witnessed qualitative shifts in various fields from energy to investment and trade, and scientific and technical space discovery, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992.

For his part, Akatayev praised the development of bilateral relations between the two countries over the past years, especially in the field of consular cooperation and particularly during the global Covid-19 crisis. She praised the experience of the UAE, which boasts one of the pioneering experiences in this field, stressing that her country aspires to develop cooperation and exchange experiences with the UAE in this area, to the benefit of the citizens of both countries, and to strengthen bilateral ties between the two friendly countries.

The meeting was attended by representatives from various departments at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic Kazakhstan, who tackled a number of consular subjects of joint interest.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation


Qatar to take on Uzbekistan in AFC U-23 Asian Cup

Tashkent: Qatar face a tough task to get their campaign back on track when they play Uzbekistan in Group A of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup at the Pakhtakor Stadium in Tashkent on Saturday.

Nicolas Cordova’s men were denied a victory by Iran in their opener and are on one point from the 1-1 draw while Uzbekistan lead the group with three points, thanks to their 1-0 win over Turkmenistan.

Qatar were on the backfoot for the better part of their opening game but showed that despite enjoying limited possession, they could still prove dangerous. Cordova firmly believes his charges will get better as the tournament progresses.

“As I’ve said before, we’re working with a young team and are working towards the development of this team in this tournament,” said Cordova.

“We’ll analyse Uzbekistan, and then analyse our own team and what we need to do to tackle our opponents in the next game.”

Cordova was happy with the commitment shown by his players but Qatar need an overall improvement in their attacking game to move past the hosts.

Uzbekistan recorded a thumping 22 total shots in their opener, but it took an Ulugbek Khoshimov penalty to seal a win. Head coach Timur Kapadze has been concentrating on fixing their scoring problem ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“In football the opening game is always difficult but we’ll improve in the next match against Qatar,” said Kapadze.

“We had a short time to prepare and I’m pleased with my players and I know that apart from our lack of finishing, we created plenty of chances.”

The former Uzbekistan international is well aware of Qatar’s strengths but is focused on ensuring his team will be at their best.

“Qatar may have drawn with Iran but they’ll be difficult opponents. In our practice sessions, we went through some drills on set-pieces so that we can better deal with situations.

“What we must also improve is the players’ communication with each other. We can play decent football but I feel we can improve further with better understanding of each other’s movements during the game,” he said.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee