Finnish Secretary of State Praises Kazakh Peace Initiatives

The meeting of the Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Peter Stenlund and Kazakh Ambassador to Finland Murat Nurtleyov took place on May 9, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The officials discussed further perspectives of bilateral cooperation between the states in political and economic spheres. The parties noted the confidential nature of the bilateral political dialogue Kazakhstan and Finland led during the past years, which supported active development of trade and economic relations, close cooperation within multilateral organisations and forums.

Stressing the commitments of Kazakhstan to strengthen global peace and security, Nurtleuov informed the Finnish side about international initiatives of the President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Kazakh diplomat drew attention to the main aspects of the new Manifest “The World. The 21st Century”. The manifest calls the heads of states to establish a sustainable peace around the globe by supporting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as the formation of a fair international competition in finance, trade and development spheres.

According to Stenlund, Finland highly appreciates Kazakhstan’s contribution to regional and international stability, as well as its efforts to strengthen the political dialogue, not only between members of international community, but also of different cultures and religions.

The diplomats also discussed such key issues as coming visits at the highest levels, simplification of visa regime between Kazakhstan and the European Union, Finland’s participation in EXPO 2017 in Astana and the establishment of direct flights between the two countries.

Nurtleyov expressed gratitude for support of the Finnish side for Kazakhstan’s candidacy for non-permanent UN Security Council members in 2017-2018.

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