Kazakh, Russian FMs discuss bilateral ties


MOSCOW: In the framework of the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi met the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov.
In Moscow, Tileuberdi was met with a speech from his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, who stressed the significance of Kazakhstan as an emerging market and a powerful player in Eurasian politics. In this speech, the Russian minister stressed the importance of the first off-line meeting between the two top diplomats of the two countries within the biggest territories in Eurasia.
“Esteemed Mr. Foreign Minister, dear friends, despite the obstacles created by the coronavirus situation, I am glad to note that we are continuing our intensive contacts, and pursuing political dialogue”, Lavrov said. “Now, thanks to the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, we have a chance to have a full-fledged round of talks.”
The two ministers received a message of support from President Tokayev during their talks, who thanked Russia for the help to Kazakhstan during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The President expressed his gratitude to the Russian Federation for the help which it provided to Kazakhstan during the period of the coronavirus pandemic. The head of state stressed the importance of further intensive cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia in the sphere of health care,” the official statement on the meeting between President Tokayev and the Russian ambassador in Nur-Sultan, Alexey Borodavkin said. The meeting took place on the same day as the talks in Moscow.
Tileuberdi andLavrovdiscussedthe ongoing cooperation and the opportunities to further develop the cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia in the political and economic fields. It was stressed that the two countries must pursue their cooperation in the framework of prominent international organizations, such as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).–Agencies