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Bratislava discussed further steps to deepen cooperation between Kazakhstan and Slovakia – Kazakhstan experience of interethnic and interfaith accord was presented at the OSCE anti-Semitic conference


BATISLAVA, Strengthening of political cooperation and expansion of trade and economic relations between Kazakhstan and Bratislava within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe On February 5-6, 2019, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko met with his Slovak counterparts – Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bratislava Keynote talks with Lukas Parizek, leader of interparliamentary friendship group Peter Marchek and other partners ldi.

It should be noted that the year 2018 took a significant place in the history of the Kazakh-Slovak relations. The first official visit of the Prime Minister of Slovakia Peter Pellegrini to Astana and the regular meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation and political consultations took place on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The sides noted with satisfaction the high level of Kazakh-Slovak relations, their recent visit to Kazakhstan, his meeting with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev gave a new impulse. It was also noted the importance of effective implementation of agreements and support for the pace of established political and economic relations.

The parties noted that the positive dynamics of meetings at the highest level will continue this year. In particular, R. Vasilenko discussed the key aspects of his upcoming visit to Astana within the framework of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office’s regional tour of Central Asia for the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak.

R. Vasilenko congratulated his Slovak counterparts on the OSCE chairmanship. “Kazakhstan supports the Slovak presidency, which, of course, will further strengthen the reputation of the organization. Cooperation with the OSCE is very important for Kazakhstan, which has been operating this authoritative organization in 2010 and is actively working for 27 years in the organization, “R. Vasilenko. M. In his brief conversation with K. Lajcak, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office has expressed his gratitude to Kazakhstan for the support of the Slovak chairmanship in the organization and confirmed its intention to strengthen multilateral cooperation.

The Kazakh diplomat told about the initiatives of the head of the state aimed at ensuring complex security in the Eurasian space within the OSCE, in particular, in the context of the 45th anniversary of the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act, which was supported by the Slovak Chairman of the OSCE. The parties agreed to intensify the dialogue at the political level and continue to maintain mutual support on the international arena.

Particular attention was paid to the plans for intensification of trade-economic and investment cooperation during the visit. Particularly, issues of attraction of investments and development of domestic export have become the main agenda of the Kazakh-Slovak business forum and with the Director of External Trade Department of the SARIO Investment and Trade Agency Tibor Brouchek and Director of the Economic Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Viktor Boretsky.

Speaking at a business forum, R. Vasilenko drew attention to the importance of interaction in priority sectors of the economy. “Today Kazakhstan is aiming to become one of the 30 most developed countries of the world, for which we take complex measures to modernize the country’s economy, improve investment policy, improve production and transport infrastructure, and open wide prospects for Slovak business. We are interested in attracting partners in Kazakhstan who are ready to invest in high value-added, competitive projects, trade and investment aimed at increasing export and efficiency in Kazakhstan, “said R. Vasilenko.

The activity of more than 30 enterprises with participation of Slovak capital in the Kazakhstan market was marked as an important indicator of mutual interest of business circles of Kazakhstan and Slovakia. Specifically, Oftum sro specializes in eye laser surgery, ELTECO a.s. – power supply sector, “KANTO METAL sro” and “CSBC spol sro” specializing in the development and sale of chemical exploration machinery for the defense industry, “CME .Slovakia sro “- delivery of treatment and diagnostics technologies,” Ish Pumps Olomuc “- production of pumps and fittings for power stations,” PROGAST spol.sro “company is in the sphere of complex supply of meat industry.

The visit to Bratislava was accompanied by participation in the OSCE International Conference on Anti-Semitism, which was the first major event of Slovakia in the OSCE chairmanship. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, Laikak, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE Ingridgert Gisladot and the High Representative of the OSCE participating States. Vasilenko briefed participants on the unique traditions of interethnic and interreligious harmony and religious tolerance that emerged during the years of independence of Kazakhstan.

The diplomat noted that Kazakhstan is loyal to the principles of religious and ethnic tolerance, which is the main factor of peace and accord. “Since gaining independence, Kazakhstan has been striving to strengthen the culture of ethnic and religious harmony, and the most important value is a person who adheres to any belief and tradition. This is one of our most important and promising achievements, “he said. In his speech, the Kazakh diplomat called for joint efforts to eliminate discrimination and discrimination on religious grounds. He also noted that Kazakhstan is a common home for more than 100 different ethnic groups and confessions, including Jewish communities.

The participants of the conference were particularly interested in the results of the VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions titled “Religious Leaders and Secular World” held in Astana in 2018. The diplomat told the participants about the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to create a center for the development of inter-confessional and inter-civilizational dialogue, which is becoming an important area for the further development of the Congress.

During the visit R. Vasilenko gave an open interview to the leading media in Slovakia, where he talked about Kazakhstan’s modern development, foreign policy initiatives of the head of state and prospects of bilateral relations between the two countries.