Kazakhstan, Vietnam announce state summit, direct air route plan

July 15. Central Asia Newswire

Kazakhstan, Vietnam announce state summit, direct air route planKazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will make an official state visit to Vietnam this year as part of developments that Vietnam hopes will lead to full-scale relations, the Trend news agency reported on Thursday.

A date has not yet been set for the upcoming summit meeting, the Kazakh leader’s first such visit.

Vietnam is interested in building full-scale diplomatic, political, and economic relations with Kazakhstan, the news agency cited Vietnam’s Ambassador to Astana Vu The Hiep as saying.

“Vietnam is interested in attracting Kazakhstani investments into the oil and gas exploration and production as well,” Vu told journalists in the Kazakh capital.

To help build ties between the two, a direct air route will be set up within two or three years, the ambassador said.

Vietnam has a fast growing number of local tourist destinations which Kazakhs will be able to easily enjoy with a direct air link, Vu said.

The country expects to attract around 9 million tourists this year, with Kazakhs amounting to around 400, he said.