Kazakh and Russian FMs met in Nur-Sultan
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who arrived in Nur-Sultan for a format visit, Strategy2050.kz correspondent informs.
“Today our negotiations with the Russian side were informative and productive. We’ve discussed a wide range of issues, including the current state and prospects of the Kazakh-Russian cooperation in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. We’ve also exchanged views on the international agenda”, Tleuberdi said at a briefing.
According to the Kazakh FM, the sides also discussed issues on various aspects of ensuring stability and security in Central Asia, Ukraine and the Middle East, raised issues of interaction between the two countries within the international organizations framework.
Particular attention was paid to the upcoming schedule of international events at the highest and high levels.
“Keeping in mind the important role of cross-border cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia, which accounts for about 70% of bilateral trade turnover, we thoroughly reviewed the preparations for the XVI Forum of interregional cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia, which will be held on November 7, 2019 in Omsk”, the Kazakh FM stated.
M. Tleuberdi emphasized that cooperation with Russia has been and will remain one of the main priorities of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. All these years, Kazakhstan has demonstrated a strong commitment to good partnerships.
“I would like to note that during the negotiations we discussed not only issues of bilateral relations, but also Kazakh-Russian cooperation in a multilateral format. In particular, my Russian colleague and I noted the possibility of fully utilizing the potential of the Eurasian Economic Union. Along with this, we discussed issues of cooperation within the CIS and the CSTO, and also agreed to coordinate our steps within such international organizations as the UN, OSCE, SCO and CICA. Our parties confirmed the closeness of their positions on key international issues, and also agreed to continue joint advancement in ensuring security at the regional, continental and international levels”, he said.
In turn, Sergey Lavrov highlighted that both sides aim at the implementation of the decisions taken by the two countries’ Presidents, including the implementation of the 2019-2021 Joint Action Plan signed November 9 on the sidelines of the 15th Forum of Inter-Regional Cooperation Forum in Petropavlovsk.
“Today we have discussed the preparations for the 16th Forum which will be held in Omsk in November. On the eve of the event, the 1st Forum of Young Leaders of Kazakhstan and Russia will take place. Young employees of the Kazakh, Russian MFAs will participate in it. We believe that the interaction at the level of young diplomats is quite promising”, the Russian FM said.
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