Astana, 17 November 2022 (TDI): Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan held the 7th round of political consultations with Iulian Fota, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

The delegation of both states met at Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. The parties negotiated on the event of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Both representatives discoursed current issues on the agenda, consisting of bilateral as well as multilateral relationships.

The productive interaction between the stakeholders touched upon the expansion of mutually constructive cooperation. The concentrated spheres were politics, trade, economy, culture, parliamentary diplomacy, and humanitarian assistance.

Comments of the Deputy Minister of Kazakhstan

Roman Vassilenko appreciated the fact that Romania was the first among European countries and the second among the world countries that recognized the independent status of Kazakhstan. Since then, both countries established active political dialogues.

He also highlighted the growing trade turnover between both states and shared that during the 8 months of 2022, it amounted to 1.45 billion US dollars that increased by about 28% compared to 2021.

Also, read: Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan visits Republic of North Macedonia

Comments of Iulian Fota

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania on his part acknowledged the significant role of Kazakhstan in consolidating and ensuring stability and development in the region of Central Asia.

He also conveyed appreciation from Romania and the European community to the country of Kazakhstan for choosing an appropriate direction for political and economic reforms.

The negotiations concluded with the approval of a Work Plan for 2023-2025 between the Foreign Ministries of both stakeholders.

The two parties intended to extend mutual cooperation within the framework of the Agreement on Extended Partnership and Cooperation with the European Union, as well as the EU Strategy for Central Asia.