Paris, 18 June 2022 (TDI): The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Roman Vassilenko visited France and met the Director of the Department of Continental Europe of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Frederic Mondoloni.

He further met other French officials, business representatives, and research experts.

Vassilenko visited on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Discussions

Both Vassilenko and Mondoloni headed the 9th round of the political consultations. They discussed the present state and the perspectives of deepening and widening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Both parties checked positions on the actual regional as well as international agenda. Also, including the conflict in Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan.

In their talks, they highlighted the importance of giving a new stimulating factor to relations through the exchange of high-level visits.

Mondoloni emphasized that Kazakhstan is a reliable and key partner of France within the Central Asian region. Therefore, he expressed hope for the organization in the nearest future of a meeting of the heads of France and Kazakhstan.

Considering the French Presidency in the Council of the European Union in the first part of 2022, the leaders of the delegations also discussed current relations. Together with their perspectives between Kazakhstan and the EU.

The implementation of all provisions of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the EU was also emphasized.

Most importantly, discussions also involved the development of democratic processes in Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh diplomat informed his colleagues concerning the implementation of large-scale political and socio-economic reforms. That is initiated by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in building a new Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan-France economic relations

As the first country in the European Union, France has improved its relations to the strategic partnership level in 2008 with the country.

Currently, over 170 companies including the French capital operate in Kazakhstan. For example, TNCs Total, Orano, Air Liquide, Lactalis, Danone, Vicat, Airbus, Thales, and Alstom.

In addition to this, French direct investment achieved 17 billion USD between 2005 and 2021. Thus, making the country part of the top five foreign investors.

As of now, the most promising areas of cooperation involve agriculture, renewable energy, and the nuclear industry, digitalization. Along with interaction in the engineering as well as technology sectors.

 

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