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The Foreign Ministry discussed plans for strengthening strategic partnership with France and Spain

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ASTANA, Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Beibut Atamkulov received Ambassador of the French Republic to the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Philippe Martinez and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. David Carrida. The ongoing meeting allowed discussing the current agenda of bilateral political relations with the “houralignment”, as well as the European technologies in trade and economic cooperation and new projects aimed at further investment attraction. In addition, there was a detailed exchange of views on the new Strategy of the European Union on Central Asia.

During the meeting with the head of the French diplomatic mission, the parties discussed the further development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the FR, as well as the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and European and Foreign Minister JeanYves Le Drian to Kazakhstan. It is wellknown that the leaders of the two countries agreed to visit the French leader in the second half of this year at the ASEM summit in Brussels in October 2018.

France is an important strategic partner of Kazakhstan in the European Union. “Leaders of our countries have identified agriculture, renewable energy and digital technologies as priority areas of cooperation. I am convinced that our cooperation will give a new impetus, “he said. Atamkulov.

F. Martinez noted that progressive development of relations with Astana is one of the priorities of French diplomacy in the region. The Ambassador shared his plans for strengthening cultural, humanitarian and economic cooperation.

D. During the meeting with Carrido, the parties discussed the agenda of the KazakhSpanish relations, as well as identified promising areas for further cooperation.

The visit of the King of Spain Felipe VI to Astana in June 2017 and his talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave a new impetus to the progressive development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Spain, as well as the authenticity of traditional and reliable relations with the Spanish royal family.

The parties confirmed their intention to expand bilateral trade and economic cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his hope that from 19 to 20 March 2019 a business forum with the participation of Kazakh and Spanish companies in the capital of Spain will open new joint projects in various sectors of the economy. A broad potential for deepening of cooperation in the field of digitalization, infrastructure projects, agriculture was noted.

The regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and Spain, which will be held in March 2019 in Madrid, have agreed to further develop multilateral cooperation within the framework of the current and new dimensions of bilateral cooperation.

Reference: France is one of the key European investors in Kazakhstan. From 2005 to the III quarter of 2018, the inflow of foreign investments from the FR to 14.1 bln. US dollars. Trade turnover in 2018 to reach $ 4.5 billion US dollars, which is 32.5% more than last year. To date, there are 105 enterprises with French capital operating in Kazakhstan. The total inflow of direct Spanish investments from 2005 to the third quarter of 2018 amounted to $ 205.4 million. dollars. In 2018, the volume of trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Spain amounted to $ 2,041 billion. US $, which is 16.8% more than the previous year. There are 66 enterprises with Spanish capital in Kazakhstan. During the talks, the sides discussed the current situation in Kazakhstan, including Total, Orano, Alstom, Airbus, Erich Likid, Imemia, Iveco, Indra,

Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

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