Kazakhstan and Switzerland are for speedy settlement of Ukrainian crisis
Nov 20. Kazpravda
Presidents of Kazakhstan and Switzerland held bilateral talks in Akorda in the frames of official visit of Didier Burkhalter to our country.
Kazakhstan and Switzerland support a speedy settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, Kazpravda.kz reports referring to President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
“I hope that today’s meeting and the visit of President Didier Burkhalter will give an opportunity to strengthen our relations. In politics, we share the views on the international development and are both for a speedy settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, we both want peace and welfare for this country, ” he said.
Tallying up the meeting, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the talks were constructive. “Switzerland’s chairmanship of the OSCE is in a difficult time – Ukrainian crisis, other challenges on the OSCE territory. We chaired in this Organization in 2010 and have experience in this area; a special Astana Declaration was adopted, where we expressed our opinion and hope that our experience will be used, “- he said.
Switzerland, the President continued, is a most important trade partner of Kazakhstan in Europe. The Swiss investment in our country over the last 10 years amounted to about $ 12 billion, the external trade turnover – $ 4.5 billion. “Now with the pursued industrial policy of the country, we believe that Switzerland could share in infrastructure projects in our country in engineering, pharmacy, chemistry, watch making and other areas. More than 40 joint Kazakh-Swiss companies are operating in our country, “- the President added.
In turn, Didier Burkhalter thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for a warm reception and for the desire to enhance mutual cooperation and peace processes in the region.
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Kazakhstan plays a key role as a bridge between Europe and Asia, Didier Burkhalter
Nov 20. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
“Kazakhstan plays a key role as a bridge between Europe and Asia,” said Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, in a joint statement with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at Akorda.
“I’m paying a visit not only as the President of the Swiss Confederation but also as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. First of all, I would like to note that Central Asia, especially, Kazakhstan plays a key role as a bridge between Europe and Asia. This bridge is of utmost importance under current conditions,” he added.
As stated there, the parties debated issues concerning further development of bilateral relations, urgent issues of the international agenda, including situation in Ukraine.
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Nazarbayev invites Swiss business to participate in infrastructure projects of Kazakhstan
Nov 20. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
At the meeting with President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter, Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that Switzerland is the most important trade and economic partner of the country in Europe.
“We have held constructive negotiations with the President of the Swiss Confederation and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Switzerland assumed the OSCE chairmanship in challenging times with Ukrainian crisis and other developments occuring in the territory of OSCE,” the Kazakh Leader said.
“Switzerland invested about 12 bln into Kazakhstan. The sales between the nations reached USD 4,5 bln. We believe that Switzerland may take part in the infrastructure projects of Kazakhstan in the sphere of machine engineering, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, etc. I hope this visit of President Didier Burkhalter will give an impetus to the development of our relations,” Nursultan Nazarbayev added.