Geopolitics

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan strengthen cooperation in various fields

Seetao 2022-08-25 08:44
  • The official visit of the President of Kazakhstan to Baku will bring great impetus to the future development of bilateral relations
  • The two sides will develop cooperation in the field of transportation and logistics infrastructure, and expand the volume of goods transported between the two countries
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On August 24, 2022 local time, Azerbaijani President Aliyev held talks with visiting Kazakhstani President Tokayev in Baku. According to CCTV news reports, according to the results of the talks, the two sides signed a declaration on consolidating strategic relations and deepening alliance collaboration, a comprehensive outline for bilateral cooperation from 2022 to 2026 and other series of documents.

During the talks, Tokayev said that this official visit to Azerbaijan is of great significance and will promote the promotion of bilateral relations to a new level, according to information released on the website of the President of Kazakhstan. Aliyev said that the two sides can jointly implement investment projects, develop cooperation in the field of transportation and logistics infrastructure construction, and expand the volume of cargo transportation between the two countries.

It is worth mentioning that 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Thirty years ago, on August 27, 1992, Ha-A officially established diplomatic relations. At present, Azerbaijan has become Kazakhstan's main economic and trade partner in the South Caucasus.

Kazakh President Tokayev arrived in Azerbaijan's capital Baku on the 24th and held a meeting with the country's President Aliyev. Aliyev held a grand welcoming ceremony for Tokayev's visit in front of his presidential residence.

After the meeting, Tokayev first thanked Aliyev for inviting him to make an official visit to the country.

Tokayev said: "First of all, thank you very much for your warm reception. This is my first official visit to your country as the President of Kazakhstan. This visit has a special meaning for me. Today, We will hold a series of important bilateral meetings and plan to sign several agreements. I believe that the signing of these agreements will bring the bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to a new level.”

Aliyev was very pleased with Tokayev's willingness to accept his invitation and visit, and pointed out that the official visit of the Kazakh President to Baku will bring great impetus to the future development of bilateral relations.

Tokayev awarded Aliyev Kazakhstan's highest honor - the Order of the Golden Eagle

According to a report by the Kazakhstan News Agency on the 24th, Tokayev signed an order to award Aliyev the Golden Eagle Medal in recognition of the latter's outstanding contributions to promoting political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries. Tokayev said the two sides held fruitful small-scale talks.

“In Kazakhstan, you are well known and respected as an outstanding statesman. At the same time, as the man who brought Azerbaijan to a historic victory and restored its territorial integrity in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, I would like to address today in our personal meeting You congratulated you. You have made great contributions to the development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries. On behalf of all the people of Kazakhstan, I present you with the Golden Eagle Medal," Tokayev said.

Aliyev said the medal is a sign of respect for the entire Azerbaijani people. “I am proud that my brother country Kazakhstan has awarded me the highest medal of honor. I will continue to do my best to contribute to the development of friendship and brotherly cooperation between our two countries. Our two peoples are bound together by a common historical foundation. Today, independent and independent Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have shown to the world the high speed of achieving economic development and improving social problems. Our two countries are increasingly influential on the international stage. I think this medal is a sign of respect for the entire Azerbaijani people. From you It is a great honor for me to receive this medal in the hands of the President," Aliyev said.

Aliyev reiterated his full support for Tokayev's ongoing reform process. "The policies you have carried out are entirely in the national interest of the Kazakh people. I am confident that your goals will be fully implemented," he said.

Presidents of the two countries hold large-scale talks

During the large-scale talks, Tokayev and Aliyev discussed the main issues of strategic cooperation between the two countries, and focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, trade, transportation and people-to-people and cultural engagement.

"We had fruitful talks in small-scale talks and had an in-depth exchange of views on development issues in all areas of bilateral cooperation. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are strategic partners and allied countries. Today, we will sign the strengthening of strategic cooperative relations and deepening of Joint Statement of Alliance," Tokayev said.

Tokayev said bilateral trade volume has nearly tripled in recent years. However, the two sides have huge potential for cooperation. Therefore, the two governments should work closely together to increase the bilateral trade volume to US$1 billion.

Tokayev spoke highly of Aliyev's major political and socio-economic reform process.

Tokayev said that the two countries have broad potential for cooperation in the field of culture. He pointed out that the Kazakh people have a strong interest in Azerbaijani culture. Therefore, Kazakhstan hopes to invite representatives of Azerbaijan's literary and art circles to hold Azerbaijan Culture Day in Kazakhstan next year.

Aliyev stressed that he believes that the meeting is of great significance to the future development of bilateral relations. Aliyev said that Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are vigorously promoting the development of transportation infrastructure. The two countries have huge potential for cooperation in the field of transportation, which will bring new impetus to the development of bilateral economic and trade cooperation. At the same time, the two sides are expected to further increase bilateral trade volume and strengthen investment cooperation.

Finally, Aliyev said that a main street in Sumgait was officially named after the famous Kazakh educator and linguist Ahmet Baitulsenov. He stressed that he believed that this would further consolidate the friendship between the two peoples. Finally, the two heads of state signed a series of important documents.

The two countries signed 10 cooperation documents

Under the framework of Tokayev's visit, the two countries signed a total of 10 cooperation documents.

The 10 cooperation documents signed by Kazakhstan and Afghanistan are:

- Declaration between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Azerbaijan on strengthening strategic relations and deepening alliance interaction;

- Comprehensive plan for the development of cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Azerbaijan (2022-2026);

- Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of Azerbaijan on economic and trade cooperation;

- Program of cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2023-2024);

- Program of cultural cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2022-205);

- Protocol on the establishment of fraternal relations between the city of Turkestan in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the city of Shusha in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Media Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the fields of information, communication and high technology;

- Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of transport between the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of transport of goods in transit.

Presidents of the two countries hold joint press conference

On the same day, Tokayev and Aliyev held a joint press conference on the results of the bilateral meeting.

Tokayev said: "According to the UN Security Council Charter and resolutions, Azerbaijan has successfully restored its territorial integrity and entered a new era of development. Of course, the leader of the brotherly country of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has a huge credit for this. I would like to take this opportunity to once again commend Azerbaijan for the great achievements under your leadership. We have followed these processes closely and are sincerely pleased. We have seen the recovery and development of Karabakh and East Zanzur. I believe, With your efforts, the region will be more prosperous in the future."

Tokayev said that the two countries have established strategic partnership and alliance cooperation. According to the outcome of today's talks, the two sides signed a joint statement to further strengthen strategic and alliance cooperation. Tokayev thanked Azerbaijan for its support for Kazakhstan's initiative to convene the CICA summit and invited Aliyev to attend the summit in Nur-Sultan in October 2022.

Tokayev said that during the talks, the two sides discussed further deepening the fields of economy, trade, investment, transportation, agriculture and humanities. Editor / Xu Shengpeng