Zagreb has hosted political consultations on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Croatia.

The Deputy Foreign Ministers of the two countries Roman Vasilenko and Vice Skračić focused in their discussion on matters related to expanding interaction between the two countries on the whole range of bilateral cooperation and on the international arena.

Agreements have been reached on expanding the legal framework and on signing bilateral agreements in the fields of air communication, agriculture, energy, tourism, education and culture.

The parties agreed to actively promote the development of inter-parliamentary, interdepartmental and inter-regional ties, business and cultural-humanitarian contacts. The opening of the Embassy of Croatia in Astana in the coming year is to be an important step within this context. They also exchanged views on topical issues on the international agenda.

R. Vasilenko informed the Croatian party about the activities of Kazakhstan in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, the contribution of Astana to the strengthening of international security, the course of the Astana process on the Syrian settlement and other areas of Kazakhstan's foreign policy. They also discussed the prospects for cooperation within the framework of the UN, OSCE and other international organizations.

Croatia greatly appreciates Kazakhstan’s contribution to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, the strengthening of international and regional security and stability, as well as the development of intercultural and inter-confessional dialogue.

Following the consultations, the Deputy Ministers signed the Cooperation Plan of the MFAs of Kazakhstan and Croatia for 2018-2020, exchanged the signed text of the Convention on the avoidance of double taxation, agreed on the harmonization of draft documents on cooperation in air communication, agriculture, energy, tourism, education and culture.

Within the framework of the visit, the Kazakh diplomat held talks with the State Secretary for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Zdravka Bušić, the Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Croatia Mate Granic, the Supreme Mufti of the Union of Croatian Muslims Aziz Hasanović.

Also, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan R. Vasilenko delivered a lecture to the faculty and students of Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy. The diplomat spoke about Kazakhstan’s achievements in the 25 years of Independence and the contribution of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to strengthening international security, including steps such as closing the Semipalatinsk test site, abandoning the world's fourth largest nuclear arsenal, creating a zone free of nuclear weapons in Central Asia (CANWFZ), the opening in the Republic of Kazakhstan of the world's first IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank, and the launch of the ATOM Project, aimed at mobilizing the global anti-nuclear movement and implementing the idea of ​​a nuclear-free world.

Political consultations in Zagreb were held in an atmosphere of friendship, trust and mutual understanding. The main result of the talks was the confirmation of the mutual intention to develop and deepen the Kazakh-Croatian relations for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries.

KAZINFORM

Published: 13 October 2017

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