“My hope is, and I say this to all our friends, that the great partnership that we are building here will also be reflected in international forums like the UN. That’s beginning to happen. The ship doesn’t move overnight; we understand that, it’s a big ship. But it’s going to change, it’s changing already,” Netanyahu told Nazarbayev in Astana’s Akorda presidential palace, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
Netanyahu said that Israel's presence in the council is "possible and with your help it will be realized.”
He stressed that Jerusalem backed Kazakhstan’s successful 2016 application to the Security Council, which will come into force in January.
According to reports, as part of his visit, Netanyahu took part in a bilateral business forum. Kazakhstan’s prime minister, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, and over 70 senior representatives from Israeli companies and their Kazakh counterparts in the fields of homeland security, renewable energy, agriculture, water, medicine and finance participated in the meeting. Netanyahu is also scheduled to meet with the chairman of Kazakhstan’s Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and representatives of the country’s Jewish community.
Elections for the 2019-2010 seats will be held in the summer of 2018. Jerusalem is expected to apply for a rotating seat designated to the Western European and Others Group (WEOG), to which it was admitted in 2000. Israel first put its name forward for the seat in 2013. Belgium and Germany are competing for the 2019-2020 seat.