Kazakh, Kyrgyz Presidents Discuss Bilateral Relations

Nazarbayev and AtambayevASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev met in Almaty on March 26 to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation within Eurasian integration associations.

The leaders discussed bilateral relations in trade, economy, investment cooperation, water management and energy, as well as in the cultural and humanitarian spheres, according to the President’s press service. They also examined the activities of the Kazakh-Kyrgyz Investment Fund, discussed the state of regional security and exchanged views on international issues.

The Kazakh President noted the importance of high-level discussions, which influence the economic development of the two countries.

“Compared to 2011, bilateral trade turnover increased 41 percent, exceeding one billion U.S. dollars. During the years of independence, Kazakhstan has invested in the Kyrgyz economy more than one billion U.S. dollars. There is still a lot of work to do. We are to hold meetings of the Interstate Commission, as well as the Supreme Interstate Council of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In this regard, we are ready to discuss all aspects of our cooperation,” Nazarbayev said.

President Atambayev thanked the Kazakh President for the meeting and emphasised that Kazakhstan is a leader in the Central Asian region in peace and stability, as well as socio-economic indices.

“During our meetings, I always note something useful for me and always say that I may learn a lot from you,” Atambayev said.

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