Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan paid an official visit to Brussels, Belgium
Jan 30. MFA
On January 28-30 of this year E.Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan paid an official visit to Brussels, Belgium, which was marked by the 20th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the EU from Februa.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister met with Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; O.Karas, Vice-President of the European Parliament; delegation of the European Parliament for cooperation with Central Asian countries led by P. Bartolucci from; Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service; P.Flor, EU Special Representative for Central Asia; and Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of European Council and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO. The minister also delivered his speech at the Brussels Press Club.
During his meetings with EU the representatives E.Idrissov discussed prospects of Astana-Brussels relationship. The parties noted high level of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, the EU is the largest investor to Kazakhstan’s economy (45% of total FDI), and the largest trade partner (50% of Kazakhstan’s total trade turnover).
During the meeting the parties emphasized Kazakhstan’s success in bidding for EXPO-2017, as well as the relevance of the proposed theme “Future Energy”.
Particular attention was paid to prospects of Kazakhstan’s WTO accession and development of the regional integration processes (the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space), as well as the importance of futhering mutually beneficial cooperation.
The parties confirmed their interest in building a constructive dialogue in various fields: inter-parliamentary relations, global and regional security, rehabilitation and development of Afghanistan, energy, civil aviation, education, science and technology, democracy and human rights, and many others. Kazakhstan and EU also share their approach to the wide range of issues on the international agenda.
Importance of cooperation within the Kazakhstan-EU and EU- Central Asia formats was emphasized as well. The parties discussed the regular meetings schedule for 2013, including the preliminary dates of the visit of J.M.Barroso, President of the European Commission, to Kazakhstan.
E.Idrissov conveyed President N.Nazarbayev’s message to Jose Manuel Barroso. President of the European Commission has confirmed his intention to visit Kazakhstan this year, noting the symbolism of its coincidence with the 20th anniversary of the Kazakhstan-EU diplomatic relations.
During his meeting with Thorbjorn Jagland, European Council Secretary General, the Minister discussed the development of bilateral cooperation, the parties exchanged their views and emphasized effciency of the joint work within various formats (agreement between Senate of Kazakhstan’s Parliament and the PACE; the European Cultural Convention, the Venice Commission, the World Forum for Democracy).
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister stressed the importance of Kazakhstan’s joining to the Medicrime Convention and Council of Europe’s Criminal Law Conventions on Corruption.
During the Minister’s meeting with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, the parties exchanged their views on the political and military interaction, development of inter-parliamentary relationship, Alliance’s cooperation with the Eurasian security bodies. They also discussed the success of Kazakhstan and NATO cooperation within the Individual Partnership Action Plan.
One of the main topics of the meeting was Afghanistan, and plans on strengthening security and its socio-economic rehabilitation after 2014.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed his gratitude to Kazakhstan for its support of the international coalition in Afghanistan, and the traffic provision. He emphasized Kazakhstan’s support, including the education programs in the civil areas for Afghan students.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister held “Evolution not revolution: Kazakhstan to 2050” themed press-briefing at the Brussels Press Club. The briefing was attended by the international mass media who were interested in Kazakhstan’s internal and foreign policy.
The “Kazakhstan-2050 Strategy”, including political, social and economic modernization goals, green economy development and Kazakhstan’s joining the 30 most developed countries, were topics of special interest at all meetings,.
The Minister’s visit to Brussels, his talks and agreements confirmed the strategic nature of Kazakhstan’s cooperation with the key European bodies, allowed to reconfirm the joint mid- and long-term goals.