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Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

K.Abdrakhmanov met with EU Special Representative for Central Asia

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According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, the development and strengthening of ties between Kazakhstan, Central Asia and the European Union, which are recognized as key foreign policy priorities for two sides, was main topic of the conversation.

At the same time P. Burian stressed that Kazakhstan is perceived by the European Union as a very important partner in the region.

The interlocutors noted with satisfaction that the process of ratification of the Agreement on Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation of the EU-Kazakhstan, signed on December 21, 2015 in Astana, is proceeding at a very fast pace. For a year and a half since the signing, the document was ratified by almost half of 28 EU member states.

Noting the growing importance of perspective directions, the sides considered issues of cooperation in trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. The Minister also raised the issue of the need for the early start of negotiations on easing the visa regime for the citizens of Kazakhstan.

In addition, the interlocutors paid special attention to the development of transit and transport capabilities of the Central Asian region, which, if successfully implemented, could make Central Asia an important link in global economic relations.

The sides also discussed the cooperation within the framework of the European Union Strategy for Central Asia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in May this year, and the events held under its aegis, and also they considered plans for its further adaptation to the current realities.

We note that on June 19 this year the EU Council on Foreign Affairs adopted updated conclusions on the EU Strategy for Central Asia, where the main objectives and priority directions of the EU Strategy for Central Asia from 2007 remain relevant. Also, the European Union remains committed to its strategic goals and supports political and economic reforms in Central Asia.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050

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