Kazakhstan, France Sum Up Results Of 25 Years Of Comprehensive Cooperation

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Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault on March 29 in Paris, reports the press service of the Kazakh MFA.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of Ayrault’s reception on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the republics of the Central Asian region.

Abdrakhmanov and Ayrault summed up the results of the 25 years of comprehensive cooperation between Kazakhstan and France and outlined concrete steps for further promotion of the Kazakh-French relations, the statement said.

“France was one of the first countries to recognize Kazakhstan’s independence and became the first European power to sign the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Kazakhstan. Paris was also the first to respond to Kazakhstan’s proposal to hold a summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Astana and supported Astana as the venue for the EXPO 2017 exhibition. Since early 2017, Kazakhstan and France have been actively cooperating in the UN Security Council and providing mutual support to the initiatives of the two countries within the framework of the Council,” the statement said.

The Foreign Ministers exchanged views on pressing international problems, including the situation in Afghanistan, the settlement of the conflict in Syria and the role of the Astana process, threats and challenges of international terrorism and violent extremism.

The sides noted the great importance of France’s participation in the upcoming EXPO 2017 exhibition in Astana. Paris intends to demonstrate at the exhibition its latest technologies in the field of green economy and plans to organize approximately 50 cultural events during the event.

French companies are ready to participate in the implementation of the Third Modernization of Kazakhstan, using the entire technological potential of France. Since 2005, the volume of French direct investments in the Kazakh economy has exceeded $13 billion. 135 companies are registered in Kazakhstan, among them the world-famous Alstom, Danone, Vicat, Peugeot, Total, etc. The production of titanium ingots for aviation, locomotives and food products has also been established.