President • 27 November, 2019

Tokayev attends meeting of the Supreme Interstate Council of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

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After the meeting in a narrow format, presidents Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Sooronbay Jeenbekov held the Fifth meeting of the Supreme Interstate Council of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, press service of Akorda reports.

Addressing the participants of the event, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reminded that the previous meeting in this format was held in the capital of Kazakhstan in 2014.

- Despite a certain pause in its work, the Council remains the highest body of cooperation, contributing to the adoption of important political decisions on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, - said the Head of state.

According to him, Kyrgyzstan is a good neighbor, ally and fraternal state for Kazakhstan.

— For thousands of years, we have been united by strong and reliable bonds of friendship. For centuries our ancestors lived in peace and harmony, supported each other in difficult times. On this creative basis, we successfully build our relations at the present stage,- the President of Kazakhstan noted.

As an important achievement in the speech, a solid contractual and legal framework, numbering about 180 treaties and agreements was named.

— Kazakhstan does not have such a comprehensive institutionalization of bilateral relations with any state,- said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

The Head of state pointed out that the advantages of economic relations between the two countries are the presence of a common border, established transit and transport infrastructure, as well as partnership in the Eurasian Economic Union. Thanks to this, Kazakhstan has become one of the leading trade partners of Kyrgyzstan, firmly occupying the third position in the foreign trade turnover of its southern neighbor.

— Our trade turnover has shown steady growth for the third year in a row. From 2015 to 2018, the volume of mutual trade increased by 30 %, amounting to 900 million dollars. Kazakhstan is one of the major investors in the Kyrgyz economy, having invested more than $1 billion in it,- the President of Kazakhstan said.

Sooronbay Jeenbekov expressed confidence that the Kazakh-Kyrgyz strategic partnership and allied relations will continue to strengthen for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries.

The speeches of the heads of state noted the contribution of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the formation and development of relations between two countries.

During the talks, the Kyrgyz side announced a decision to have a monument to Abay Kunanbayuly in Bishkek in 2020.

Following the talks the several documents were signed:

1. Joint Declaration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the President of the Kyrgyz Republic;

2. "Comprehensive program of cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic for 2020-2022»;

3. Package of decisions of the Supreme Interstate Council;

4. Agreement between the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the government of the Kyrgyz Republic on cooperation in the field of migration;

5. Agreement between the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the government of the Kyrgyz Republic "on joint actions for the construction of a new bridge and reconstruction of the existing bridge between the checkpoints "Karasu" of the Republic of Kazakhstan and "Ak tilek" of the Kyrgyz Republic;

6. Agreement on cooperation in combating economic and financial crimes between the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the State service for combating economic crimes under the government of the Kyrgyz Republic (financial police);

7. Agreement between the Ministry of defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the General staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic on the organization of reception, airfield technical support and protection of military aircraft at military airfields of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic;

8. Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of health of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of health of the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of health;

9. Memorandum "on cooperation and mutual understanding between the Ministry of trade and integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the State Inspectorate for environmental and technical safety under the government of the Kyrgyz Republic»;

10. Agreement on joint activities to promote and implement investment projects in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

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