Nur-Sultan, 20 August 2022 (TDI): On 19 August 2022, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and Portugal issued a joint declaration covering the bilateral relationship between the two countries over the past three decades.

The date of 19 August 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Portuguese Republic.

Text of the joint declaration between Portugal and Kazakhstan:

Today, the 19th of August 2022, marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Portuguese Republic.

Throughout these three decades, our countries have developed and deepened our relations, based on the friendship that unites our societies.

It is with great pleasure that we signal the successful integration of the Kazakh community in Portugal, which continues to grow and whose contribution to both countries has a very significant impact.

Kazakhstan and Portugal view 2022 as a year of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic when political, diplomatic, and economic contacts return to normal.

It is the first year that the Embassies in Nur-Sultan and Lisbon are both led by Ambassadors, and when the trade volume nears pre-pandemic levels.

Both parties continue working closely together to elevate bilateral cooperation in political sphere, including by organizing high-level visits and political consultations.

Cooperation and friendship between Portugal and Kazakhstan are not limited to the bilateral level.

Our two countries garner a vast history of mutual support in international organizations, with the United Nations at its core, including in the Security Council.

Also, noteworthy is the work carried out under the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and European Union, and as participant States at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Two of the key OSCE positions are held by our nationals: the High Commissioner on National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov and the Representative on Freedom of the Media Teresa Ribeiro.

The occasion that we commemorate today represents not only a reason to celebrate, but a valuable moment to show our mutual commitment to broadening and deepening our bilateral and multilateral agenda, in the political, economic, and cultural domains, for the benefit of our people and the prosperity of our countries.