Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov sent a telegram to Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressing deep gratitude to his neighbour country for the humanitarian aid and support provided by Kazakhstan in the fight against coronavirus that had a significant adverse impact on the Central Asian economies.
“We appreciate the support of brotherly nations in difficult times as well as the contribution and efforts of the Kazakh side in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Central Asia. I am sure our friendly, good neighbourly relations and strategic partnership will further develop in the spirit of mutual understanding,” wrote Jeenbekov in the telegram.
He wished peace and prosperity to the people of Kazakhstan and wished good health and success to Tokayev for the rest of his term.
In April, Kazakhstan rendered humanitarian aid to its Central Asian neighbours Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It sent 5,000 tons of Kazakhstan’s flour to each country worth more than $3 million, part of Kazakhstan’s international effort to support countries during the pandemic.
“Kazakhstan, as a member of the international community, will not stand idle, but will continue to provide the necessary humanitarian assistance to partner countries affected by the global coronavirus pandemic,” said the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
Kazakhstan’s support came at a time when Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also sought financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund amid the global crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May, the IMF Executive Board approved a $189.5 million loan to help Tajikistan meet an urgent need for emergency funds and $121.1 million as emergency assistance to Kyrgyzstan.