Government • 20 April, 2018

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Affairs Minister meets with Turkey's President

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Kazakhstan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports the Ministry press service.

The Kazakh Foreign Minister conveyed the greetings and best wishes to the Turkish leader on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. As K.Abdrakhmanov noted, in Kazakhstan they particularly note R. Erdogan's role in strengthening the Kazakh-Turkish strategic cooperation. Thanks to joint efforts, the leaders of Kazakhstan and Turkey made a statement on the activation of conciliatory processes in the Islamic world. Within the framework of the Turkish chairmanship in September 2017, the first OIC summit on science and technology in Astana was held, K. Abdrakhmanov recalled.

Erdogan expressed confidence that the high-level meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council planned in Ankara under the chairmanship of the leaders of the two states will give great impetus to all-round cooperation between the two countries. Kazakhstan is Turkey's largest trading partner in Central Asia and, in this connection, R. Erdogan proposed to set a new goal of increasing the trade turnover to 10 billion dollars.

The President of Turkey noted the importance of the Astana process on Syria, supported by N. Nazarbayev, increased the authority of Kazakhstan in the world arena. According to R. Erdogan, the guarantor countries will seek to stabilize the situation in Syria, which the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed during the meeting in Ankara on April 4.

The Turkish leader also thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for Kazakhstan's contribution to rendering humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya people.

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