At the end of February 2017, Mr. Erlan Idrissov was appointed as a new ambassador for Kazakhstan to the UK. However, as a prominent politician and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Idrissov is well versed in representing his country overseas. Immediately after coming to the UK, Mr. Idrissov presented official copies of his credentials to Mr. Julian Evans, Director of Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps. The meeting between Mr. Idrissov and Mr. Evans focused on Kazakh-British relations. This followed on with an additional meeting with Her Majesty’s Marshal of Diplomatic Corps, Mr. Alistair Harrison, in preparation for Mr. Idrissov’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on March 8th 2017. It was here he would present his credentials and extend his personal best wishes to her on behalf of His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev, President to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mr Idrissov also congratulated the Queen on her Sapphire Jubilee last month. The new ambassador pointed out to her the excellent links between Kazakhstan and the UK, in areas such as politics, trade, economy, investment, cultural and humanitarian areas. In turn, the Queen stressed the importance of further strengthening and expanding cooperation between Kazakhstan and Great Britain, and praised the dynamic development of Kazakhstan under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Erlan Idrissov was born on 28th April 1959 in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan. In 1981 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the USSR. After that he had benefited his country by working on many critically important positions, such as First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN (1992-1995), Head of the Department of America, Ambassador-at-large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan (1995-1996), an Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan (1996-1997), First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan (1997-1999), and even a Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan (1999-2002, 2012-2017). Between 2002 and 2007, he worked as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, non-resident Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Sweden, The Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Ireland. Between 2007 to 2012, he worked as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Federal Republic of Brazil. Mr. Idrissov is the author of a huge row of articles on Kazakhstan’s foreign policy issues and multilateral diplomacy. He speaks English, French, Urdu and Hindi.
A few words that the new Ambassador starts his post with: “I find it very symbolic that I started my current UK assignment in 2017 – the year when we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Kazakh-British diplomatic relations. It is also symbolic that I am writing this note at the time of Nauryz – Central Asian New Year – which starts on spring equinox and heralds the revival of nature, new life and new beginnings. So, it is in the vibrant spirit of Nauryz that I welcome you to discover Kazakhstan and hope that you will find there abundant new opportunities and exciting new travel destinations.”