Kazakhstan and Argentina have signed the Agreement on visa-free regime

On May 30, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Idrissov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina Hector Timerman during his official visit to Kazakhstan. It is the first-ever visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Latin America to Astana, Bnews.kz reports citing the press-service of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

0592ea8e6a420"Our countries have much in common, we have similar views and approaches to address the challenges faced by humanity, whether they are the issues of sustainable development and the environment, nuclear safety and strengthening the multi-polar world" - Yerlan Idrissov said.

They discussed a wide range of Kazakhstan-Argentina cooperation issues in economy, trade, investment, tourism, as well as topical issues of the international agenda.

The Parties focused on the development of cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture and innovation, where there is a huge untapped potential.

"We are glad that Argentina is planning to send a large business delegation in the second half of this year. We will prepare a busy schedule for the Argentinean business people so that they can establish ties with their Kazakh counterparts,"- the Minister of Foreign Affairs of RK said.

He also announced plans to establish a bilateral Commission on trade and economic cooperation and pointed out that negotiations on Argentina’s support to Kazakhstan's accession into the WTO were still ongoing.

The foreign ministers of two countries are also discussed cooperation within international organizations.

"We are glad to acknowledge our mutual support of candidates in various structures of the UN, and I am especially grateful to my colleague for Argentina's support to Kazakhstan's candidacy for non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2017-2018. The support of your country is very valuable for us and we intend to defend our common interests, while being a part of the UN Security Council, "- Yerlan Idrisov said.

An important outcome of the negotiations was the signing of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Argentine Republic on visa-free travel for citizens of both countries, which will give a powerful impetus to deepening of comprehensive cooperation between two countries.
The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan also said that the Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry will continue to work actively to establish a visa-free regime with the countries around the world, in particular with another Latin American country, Chile. Last year, Chile and Kazakhstan signed an Agreement on visa-free travel for the official delegations of two countries.

H.Timmerman, in his turn, noted the dynamic development of bilateral relations and confirmed the interest of the Argentina to cooperate in the mining sector, in agriculture and nuclear industries. He noted the special importance of the first visit of the Foreign Minister of Latin American country to Kazakhstan and the importance of the Agreement for the establishment of direct contacts between people of two countries.

The Argentinean minister thanked the Kazakhstan representative for the hospitality and expressed hope for further productive cooperation between the two countries.



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