The Hague 2014: on the sidelines of the Summit
March 25. Kazpravda
Nursultan Nazarbayev held a series of bilateral meetings in the frames of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.
During the talks with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the key areas of Kazakhstan’s participation in the UN global programs were discussed, as well as the topical issues of the international agenda, the interim results of the summit, and the aspects of Kazakhstan’s participation in the process of nuclear safety.
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At the meeting with the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, the agenda of the global nuclear security summit was taken up. The parties exchanged views on Kazakhstan’s initiatives in the frames of the IAEA, Kazakhstan’s participation in promotion of nuclear safety and nuclear weapons non-proliferation.
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At the meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, the outlook for cooperation in trade, economic, scientific and technical areas, and regional security issues were covered.
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In the talks with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, views were exchanged on the main directions of bilateral cooperation, including trade, economic, investment and energy areas, interaction within regional and international organizations, the regional security and topical aspects of the international agenda, the President’s press service informed.
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In the Netherlands President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with President of China Xi Jinping to discuss the main directions of bilateral cooperation, implementation of the agreements reached during the state visit of Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan.
The key aspects of the international agenda, in particular the forthcoming CICA summit in Shanghai and the situation in Ukraine were among the topics covered.
Special attention was paid to the boosting of cooperation in transit transport and hydropower sectors, the President’s press service informed.
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In the Netherlands, Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss a wide range of economic, scientific- technical and investment cooperation issues, outlook for further interaction between the companies of the two countries.
N. Nazarbayev confirmed that Kazakhstan fully supports Japan’s idea on strengthening cooperation with Central Asian countries. Japan is one of the largest economies in the world and our neighbor in Asia, – the President went on. Over the recent years, the relationship has been intensified and Kazakhstan is ready to cooperate in all the areas. The main directions of cooperation are the energy and nuclear sectors. Kazakhstan, one of the largest uranium producers, could act as a supplier for nuclear power plants in Japan, – he said.
N. Nazarbayev also drew attention to the joint project – the plant producing rare earth metals in Akmola region, and development of technological and innovation cooperation between the two countries in the frames of the industrial and innovation program in Kazakhstan.
In turn, S. Abe said Kazakhstan President’s visit to Japan in 2008 boosted economic relations that reached a strategic level. He also expressed gratitude for Kazakhstan’s contribution to stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan and hope for Kazakhstan’s assistance in building dialogue between Japan and the CA countries.
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In The Hague, Nursultan Nazarbayev met with British PM David Cameron to discuss implementation of the agreements reached during the PM’s visit to Kazakhstan, as well as the expansion of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, investment, oil and gas areas, and the important issues of the international agenda.
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In The Hague Nursultan Nazarbayev was in talks with French President Francois Hollande to discuss deepening of cooperation in various areas, in particular, development of trade and economic cooperation, implementation of the agreements reached during N. Nazarbayev’s visit to France. The two leaders exchanged views on topical issues of the international agenda, the President’s press service informed.
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In the meeting with the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö views were exchanged on condition and outlook for bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, technological and investment areas.
N. Nazarbayev stressed that Kazakhstan is interested in Finnish technology and experience in development of education system, taking into account the progress of the industrial-innovative development program. After the official visit of S. Niinistö to Kazakhstan in 2013, the commercial companies signed agreements worth $ 100 million and the volume of trade turnover reached $ 1 billion.
The President of Finland said his visit to Astana was fruitful: the bilateral trade turnover increased significantly. He also confirmed that the Finish businesses are interested in cooperation with Kazakhstan.