There focus of the discussion of Deputy Ministers of the two countries Roman Vasilenko and Vice Skračić were issues of expanding cooperation between the two countries across the spectrum of bilateral cooperation and on the international scene.
Agreements have been reached on expanding the legal framework and signing bilateral agreements in the fields of air communication, agriculture, energy, tourism, education and culture. The sides agreed to actively promote the development of inter-parliamentary, interdepartmental and inter-regional ties, business and cultural-humanitarian contacts. In this context, an important step is to become the opening of the Embassy of Croatia in Astana in the coming year.
An exchange of views took place on topical issues on the international agenda. R. Vasilenko informed the Croatian side about the activities of Kazakhstan in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, the contribution of Astana to the strengthening of international security, the course of the Astana process on the Syrian settlement and other areas of Kazakhstan's foreign policy.
The prospects for cooperation within the framework of the UN, OSCE and other international organizations were discussed.
"Croatia highly values Kazakhstan's contribution to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, strengthening of international and regional security and stability, as well as the development of intercultural and inter-confessional dialogue," the Croatian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
Following the consultations, the Deputy Ministers signed the Cooperation Plan of the MFAs of Kazakhstan and Croatia for 2018-2020, exchanged the signed text of the Convention on the avoidance of double taxation, agreed on the harmonization of the projects of documents on cooperation in the fields of air communication, agriculture, energy, tourism, education and culture.
Also, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, R. Vasilenko, delivered a lecture to the faculty and students of the Dag Hammarskjöld Graduate School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
The Diplomat spoke about Kazakhstan's achievements in the 25 years of Independence and President Nazarbayev's contribution to strengthening international security, including steps such as closing the Semipalatinsk Polygon, abandoning the world's fourth nuclear arsenal, creating a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia (CANWFZ), the opening in the Republic of Kazakhstan of the first IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank in the world, as well as the launch of the ATOM Project, aimed at mobilizing the global anti-nuclear movement and implementing the idea of a nuclear-free world.
The main result of the talks was the confirmation of the mutual intention to develop and deepen the Kazakhstan-Croatian relations for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries.