British official visits Kazakhstan to boost bilateral ties

Sept. 7. Xinhua. LONDON

British official visits Kazakhstan to boost bilateral tiesBritish Minister for Europe Glenys Kinnock is visiting Kazakhstan on Sept. 7 and 8. The visit will highlight the strong bilateral relationship between Britain and Kazakhstan, the British Foreign Ministry announced Monday.

Britain is one of the top three investors in Kazakhstan, with strong links in the oil and gas sector now being complemented by partnerships in other sectors, including financial services and education.

The visit will provide an opportunity to exchange views on key global challenges prior to the Kazakhstan’s historic Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010.

Speaking ahead of her visit, Kinnock said: “I am very much looking forward to making my first visit to Kazakhstan. Our two countries have traditionally held strong commercial ties. These are now being complimented by growing cooperation in areas such as education and the fight against climate change and nuclear proliferation.”

“During my visit I hope to understand how we can work even closer together, including in support of Kazakhstan’s upcoming chairmanship of the OSCE,” she said.

In Almaty and Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, Kinnock will meet with ministers, representatives of the nongovernmental organizations and political parties. The minister is also expected to meet Kazakhs from all walks of life, talk to students of the Eurasian University, and meet British alumni and representatives of the British companies working in Kazakhstan.

In addition, Kinnock will also visit the Institute of Nuclear Physics to unveil a plaque to mark the completion of a physical protection project, partly funded by Britain, underlining close cooperation between two countries on nuclear safety.