Kyrgyz and Kazakh Presidents’ Statement for Press

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Astana, Dec. 25, 2017. / Kabar /. Today President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov is making an official visit to Kazakhstan. Within the framework of his visit after the negotiations in narrow and enlarged formats, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov and Kazakh President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, issued a joint statement for the media, the Kyrgyz President press service reported.

Zheenbekov expressed his gratitude to Nazarbayev for the invitation to have an official visit to Kazakhstan and thanked for warm hospitality and cordial reception.

"Me and Nursultan Abishevich in narrow and extended formats conducted meaningful negotiations on key issues of further development of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in all important areas and agreed to resolve all existing issues in compliance with mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation for the benefit of both sides. This year has a symbolic significance for our fraternal countries - 25 years have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations. In the historical dimension, this is a very short period of time, but in reality the relations between our peoples amount to centuries. The centuries-old ties of kinship, friendship and good-neighborliness are a solid foundation for modern Kyrgyz-Kazakh relations," Zheenbekov stressed.

Kyrgyz President emphasized that the Kyrgyz side intends to actively strengthen the relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and strategic partnership between the two countries on the basis of principles of equality, mutual benefit and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

"I invited Nursultan Abishevich to visit Kyrgyzstan on an official visit. Within the framework of this visit, we are planning to hold a regular meeting of the High Interstate Council of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Today we signed historical documents - the Treaty on the Demarcation of the Kyrgyz-Kazakh State Border and the Agreement on the Regime of the Kyrgyz-Kazakh State Border. Thus, we have completed the legal registration of the state border between the two countries. I am convinced that this will contribute to the fact that the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will be the gateway of trust, good-neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation. At the same time, we must strive for the border between us to be only a formality, and our people can cross it without hindrance, as it was before. After all, we are truly fraternal people. There are no relatives of nations closer than Kyrgyz and Kazakhs," said President Sooronbai Zheenbekov.

Zheenbekov added that he invited Nursultan Abishevich to take part in the opening ceremony of the 3 World Nomadic Games, which will be held in September 2018 on the shores of the pearl of Central Asia, Issyk-Kul Lake. Kazakhstan’s athletes are also encouraged to take an active part in the games.

Nazarbayev in his speech stressed that Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are fraternal, ally states, which have a common centuries-old history, culture and language. "There are no issues on which we could not find a mutually acceptable solution. During our negotiation process, special attention is paid to bilateral economic relations. A little time has passed since our last meeting with President Sooronbai Zheenbekov in Minsk, but a lot of work has been done on cooperation in phytosanitary, veterinary, transport, tax and customs control. All questions are being resolved, there is no transport congestion at the border. Today, during negotiation in a narrow composition, I instructed to implement each item of the document carefully. The trade turnover between our countries increased by 19 percent, we should actively use the reserves that we have, and increase the trade turnover by 2020 to 1 billion US dollars," the Kazakh President underlined.

In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev specified about the prospects for development of relations on investment, water-energy, regional-political, cultural and humanitarian issues, as well as security issues and implementation of joint projects in the field of digital technology. "There is nothing left unsaid or hidden between us that may represent an obstacle in future. I express my full satisfaction with the results of the first visit of Sooronbai Sharipovich. I wish him Kyrgyz people’s trust, great success and prosperity in his work. We attach much importance to relations with fraternal Kyrgyzstan. We have an agreement on eternal friendship,” President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said and summarized that this visit will open new horizons for the two countries and its people.

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