Baghdad Amreyev was appointed as Secretary General of the Turkic Council by the Council of Heads of State during the 6th Summit of the Turkic Council held in Cholpon-Ata on 3 September 2018.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Amreyev spent many years in government and public service. Mr. Amreyev served as Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Iran from 2011 to 2017. He also serves as Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan since 2014.
Mr. Amreyev was Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Turkey and Non-Resident Ambassador to Albania on 2008-2011. Between 2002 and 2008, he was appointed as Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Egypt and Non-Resident Ambassador to the Middle Eastern countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Libya. During the same post he was also Coordinating Ambassador to African States and Permanent Representative to Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). On 1996-2002, he served as Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Saudi Arabia and Non-Resident Ambassador to Bahrein, Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE) concurrently performed his duties as Permanent Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Before the promotion to the rank of Ambassador, Mr. Amreyev occupied the posts of Head of the Department of Middle East, Near East and Africa (1995-1996) and Head of Middle East Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan (1992-1994). He also worked at the Embassy of USSR in Baghdad (1988-1991), Kazakh State University as Senior Lecturer (1985-1988), Embassy of USSR in Damascus, Syria, (1982-1985) and as Translator in Yemen (1980-1981).
Among his other professional activities, Mr. Amreyev serves as Special Envoy of Kazakhstan to the Middle East and Africa since 2015 and as Special Envoy to promote the candidacy of Kazakhstan for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018 since 2014. In 2012, he was appointed Special Envoy to lead the cooperation with the International Energy Forum (IEF) and Special Envoy to support the promotion of the candidacy of Astana to EXPO-2017. On 2011-2012, he advised Special Envoy of Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister for World Trade Organization (WTO). Between 2010 and 2012, he served as Special Envoy of Kazakhstan to OIC and OIC Member States. He also chaired the Working Group for preparation of the concept and documents of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions from 2003 to 2009.
Several publications and articles that Mr. Amreyev has written deal with Kazakhstan’s relations with other countries, regional and international affairs and diplomacy in general. He is author of “East and West” (2011, in Turkish), Kazakhstan-Turkey Relations and the Turkic World (2010, in Turkish), “East and West: Challenges of Globalization” (2006), “Monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula” (2004) and “Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia” (2003).
In the course of his career, Mr. Amreyev has received numerous national and international awards and honors. He was decorated with more than 20 different medals in Kazakhstan, including State Order “Parasat” in 2012 and State Order “Kurmet” in 2004. In 2013, he was distinguished by TURKSOY with the Medal for his contribution to the establishment of the Turkic Council and in 2006 he was awarded Medal of Pope Benedict XVI for the contribution to the dialogue of civilization.
Mr. Amreyev was born in 1959 in Sholak-Korgan, Kazakhstan, and graduated from Tajik State University with a degree in Oriental Studies. He is fluent in Kazakh, Russian, Arabic, English, Turkish and Persian. He is married to Ardak Amreyeva and has three children.