Senate ratifies agreement on Kazakhstan-Tajikistan partnership
At the Plenary Session the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan adopted the law On Ratification of the Agreement on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Tajikistan.
The purpose of this agreement is to strengthen bilateral relations at the level of strategic partnership and close cooperation between two countries. The document provides for improving political dialogue at the higher and highest levels, as well as coordinating positions on bilateral relations issues and topical international challenges, coordinating effort to counteract and neutralize the threats of international terrorism and extremism. In accordance with the Agreement, the parties confirm the obligation to refrain from use of force or threat of force directed to each other, not to conclude agreements with third countries detrimental to the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the other party. The agreement provides for enhanced cooperation in military and military-technical, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, in the field of civil defense and energy, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tleuberdy said introducing the draft law.
The Vice Minister noted that two countries have been effectively cooperating within the integration associations within the CIS � CSTO and SCO. Two countries positions on important issues of international agenda are close or coincide. In particular, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan provide mutual support for international initiatives. Dushanbe supported Kazakhstans candidacy for UN Security Councils non-resident member for 2017-2018, the Astanas candidacy for EXPO-2017, also confirming its participation. Kazakhstan is one of the major trade partners of Tajikistan. However, due to external factors, there is a decrease in bilateral trade turnover. Meanwhile, if trade turnover with other countries has decreased by 30 per cent, with Tajikistan it decreased by 17 per cent. Physical volumes analysis shows that the turnover has increased for some items. In particular, in 2015, the volume of export-import cargo transportation between the two countries reached nearly 2 million tons; compared to 2014, an increase is 30 thousand tons.
Kazakhstan annually provides 50 grants for training of Tajik students in the Republic of Kazakhstan; Tajikistan also allocates educational grants for Kazakhstan citizens.
In 2006-2015, Kazakhstan rendered humanitarian assistance to Tajikistan in the amount of over $30 million in a marketable condition.
The Agreement was signed by the Heads of two states on September 14, 2015, in Dushanbe.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan