President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulates MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov on his 70th birthday

26 August 2020

On August 26, the President of Kazakhstan congratulated MGIMO Rector on his 70th birthday and expressed his warmest wishes.

He mentioned that Anatoly Torkunov’s name is inseparable from the glorious history of MGIMO, a talent pool for Russian diplomacy. Thanks to the many years of the Rector’s fruitful work at the helm of the University, MGIMO has strengthened its status as a world-class, highly-regarded and prestigious institution.

The letter emphasized that besides his administrative and pedagogical activities, Anatoly Torkunov has dedicated much time and effort to expanding international cooperation in education. Largely thanks to MGIMO Rector’s efforts, close cooperation in higher education is one of the pillars of the strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and Russia.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is glad that his compatriots who graduated from MGIMO have honorably kept the traditions of their shared alma mater through their work as distinguished diplomats, government officials of different levels, businessmen and other important public figures.

The President of Kazakhstan considers his personal relationship with Anatoly Torkunov  highly, and he holds the Rector’s qualities as a prominent university leader, distinguished diplomat and political scientist in high regard. The President also expressed his hope for further cooperation.

On this landmark day, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wished Anatoly Torkunov all the best to him and his family, as well as further accomplishments in his honorable work.