01 April, 2019

​Prospects for deepening Kazakh-Spanish strategic partnership discussed in Madrid

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko and Spanish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Fernando Valenzuela agreed to deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries during the Kazakh-Spanish political consultations held in Madrid March 29, reports the press service of MFA.

Among the main topics of the political consultations were issues of the political, economic, trade and cultural-humanitarian areas, expansion of the legal framework, as well as an exchange of views on key issues on the international agenda.

Consultations took place during the year of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and Spain, the agreement on which was signed on July 2, 2009. Since this time, great progress has been made in bilateral relations, evidenced by the constant exchange of visits at the highest level, solid legal agreement base of cooperation, the volume of bilateral trade that has increased several times over and an established mechanism of mutual support within the framework of international structures.

The parties specifically highlighted the historical contribution of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev to creating a solid foundation for a true strategic partnership between the two countries. The visits of Nursultan Nazarbayev to Spain and the visits of King Juan Carlos I and King Felipe VI to Kazakhstan gave a powerful impetus to the development of bilateral relations.

The Spanish side was thanked for the warm letter from King Felipe VI to Nursultan Nazarbayev on the occasion of his resignation as the Head of State and for the congratulatory message to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on his taking the office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Madrid positively received the message of Akorda about the continuity of the foreign policy of the new leadership of the country.

Fernando Valenzuela emphasized the constructive role of Kazakhstan in the region and its active position in the international arena, noting the importance of the country's initiatives to strengthen regional and global security.

The parties noted the success of the Kazakh-Spanish “road show" that took place in Madrid March 19-20 with the participation of more than 80 Spanish companies. The event was a successful platform to find promising cooperation projects between the business communities of the two countries. Political consultations highlighted the wide potential for deepening cooperation in the field of digitisation, infrastructure projects, agriculture and agroindustry, renewable energy, construction, engineering, defense and aerospace industry, etc. The attention of the Spanish side was drawn to the attractiveness of possible projects of joint ventures to produce products with added value, which, taking into account the geographical location of Kazakhstan and the transport and logistics routes passing through our country, are considered as highly promising. The Kazakh side paid special attention to the prospects for the development of business relations on the basis of the Astana International Financial Center.

Speaking about strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties, the Spanish side announced the opening in the nearest future of the “Corner of Cervantes" in the new residence of Spanish Embassy in Nur-Sultan, where those interested would be able to learn Spanish.

Roman Vassilenko informed that this year the book of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev “The Era of Independence" and the anthology of Kazakh prose and poetry, both in Spanish language, will be presented in Madrid. Also, at the end of April in Madrid, the premiere of the documentary “Equus: A History of the Horse" will take place.

During his visit to the Spanish capital the Deputy Foreign Minister was accompanied by the Chairman of Civil Aviation Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development of Kazakhstan Talgat Lastayev and high level representatives of the ministries of the national economy, digital development, defense and aerospace industry and of the national company “Kazakhstan Engineering".

During the visit, a Memorandum of Cooperation between the aviation authorities of Kazakhstan and Spain was signed and the text of the Intergovernmental Air Service Agreement was initialed. The memorandum provides a legal basis for the opening of direct flights between the two countries.

At the end of the consultations Roman Vassilenko gave an interview to the leading Spanish news agency EFE, in which he answered questions about the current state and prospects of bilateral cooperation, and also informed about the latest changes in the domestic political life of Kazakhstan.

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