Government • 20 April, 2018

K. Abdrakhmanov discusses with President of Turkey the preparation of Kazakh-Turkish summit meeting

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During the visit to Turkey the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kairat Abdrakhmanov, was received by the President of the country, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports the press club of the Ministry.

The Kazakh Foreign Minister conveyed the greetings and best wishes to the Turkish leader on behalf of the President Nursultan Nazarbayev. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

As K. Abdrakhmanov noted, in Kazakhstan the role of R. Erdogan in strengthening the Kazakh-Turkish strategic cooperation is particularly noted. 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.

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

R. Erdogan noted the importance of the Astana process on Syria, held with the support of N. Nazarbayev, which, in his opinion, increased Kazakhstan's authority in the world arena. According to him, the guarantor countries will seek to stabilize the situation in Syria, about which the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed during the meeting in Ankara on April 4. The Turkish leader also thanked N. Nazarbayev for Kazakhstan's contribution to rendering humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya people.

In Ankara, K. Abdrakhmanov also held a meeting with the Chairman of the Turkish Parliament, Ismail Kahraman, at which issues of inter-parliamentary relations and interaction of the two countries in international parliamentary organizations were considered.

The Kazakh Foreign Minister held a roundtable conversation with representatives of major Turkish companies and honorary consuls of Kazakhstan in Turkey. The Minister spoke about the economic initiatives of the Head of State N. Nazarbayev, outlined in the Address to the People "New Opportunities Under the Fourth Industrial Revolution" and the Five Social Initiatives. According to the minister, the Government of Kazakhstan is working to strengthen the stability of legislation, protect foreign investors and improve the conditions for doing business in the country. K. Abdrakhmanov draw the attention to the opportunities connected with the functioning of the EAEU, the implementation of the Belt and the Way initiative, as well as the launch of the Astana International Financial Center, the International Center for Green Technologies, investment projects, and technology park of IT start-ups.

To date, the Turkish business community has invested more than $2 billion in the Kazakh economy, and the volume of Kazakh investments in Turkey is about $1 billion. Honorary consulates of Kazakhstan operate in the Turkish provinces of Adana, Bursa, Nevsehir, Mersin and Alanya.

Within the framework of the visit, the Kazakh Foreign Minister also met with the heads of the leading political centers and observers of the Turkish media, exchanging views on the geopolitical situation in Central Asia and the Middle East.

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