NCSEJ has met with former President Nazarbayev a number of times. His relationship with Kazakhstan’s Jewish community is very positive, and Kazakhstan-Israel bilateral diplomatic relations are strong. NCSEJ was the sole representative of U.S. Jewish organizations to attend the Sixth Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in October 2018.
Although stepping down as President, Nazarbayev will maintain control of the ruling political party, will remain a member of powerful government councils, and will become chairman for life of the Kazakh Security Council. Speaker of the Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, an ally of Nazarbayev and a longtime friend of NCSEJ, will be sworn in as Acting President on March 20, fulfilling Nazarbayev's remaining term until April 2020.
Pictured: NCSEJ CEO Mark B. Levin with then-Speaker of the Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Astana, Kazakhstan, at the Sixth Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions on October 11, 2018.