Kazakhstan and Venezuela to expand cooperation20 january 2015, 16:39
Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Yerlan Idrissov has met with his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez during her visit to Astana on January 16, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry.
During the first visit in the history of bilateral relations, Idrissov declared that Kazakhstan considered Venezuela a friendly and long-term political and economic partner in Latin America.
They discussed bilateral cooperation in trade, investments and energy, and cooperation within international organizations.
"Kazakhstan and Venezuela actively cooperate in a multilateral format. In particular, we are grateful for Venezuela’s support of Kazakhstan's bid for the UN Security Council membership for 2017-2018 and for the support of our bid for EXPO-2017. We also supported the Venezuelan membership in the UN Security Council and I congratulate the country on the official assumption of office as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in January of this year," Yerlan Idrissov said as cited by BNews.
Minister Idrissov praised the work to enhance the cooperation between the two countries in recent years. "In this respect, we highly appreciate the decision of Venezuela to open its diplomatic mission in Kazakhstan in 2012. We also invite Venezuela to open its Embassy in Astana, which would give an additional impetus to the development of cooperation, especially in trade and economic development," he said.
The sides also discussed organization of visits by Venezuelan business community representatives to Kazakhstan. "This would promote establishing direct contacts between our business communities, reaching concrete agreements and beginning to implement them in areas of mutual interest," Idrissov said.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister called onto the Venezuelan party to use Kazakhstan as a springboard to access the markets of the Eurasian Union and Central Asia.
"Kazakhstan and Venezuela are oil and gas producing countries. Venezuela is a member of OPEC. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela is accompanied in this visit by the Oil Minister of Venezuela. We will have negotiations in the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan and we will be meeting with the Prime Minister,” Idrissov said.
On her part, Delcy Rodriguez thanked Kazakhstan for supporting Venezuelan candidacy in its bid to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council and expressed its hopes for further cooperation with Kazakhstan.
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and Venezuela signed a memorandum on political consultations to determine long-term and mutually beneficial fields of cooperation.
By Dinara Urazova