The HAGUE, October 30, 2019 – As part of the official visit of Askar Mamin, prime minister of Kazakhstan, to the Netherlands, Roman Vassilenko, deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan, held several meetings with the foreign minister and members of the House of Representatives of the States General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In the course of the meeting with Pieter Jan Kleiweg de Zwaan, deputy director-general for political affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the parties welcomed a constructive political dialogue between the countries and discussed future bilateral cooperation.
Deputy Minister Vassilenko underlined that Kazakhstan considers the Netherlands as one of its key trade and economic partners in Europe. The parties commended active high level contacts, a trust-based dialogue between the leaders of the two countries, as well as the positive experience of interaction between diplomats during the recent parallel membership of Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in the UN Security Council.
The Kingdom is Kazakhstan’s number-one gross direct investor. We hope that this trend would continue and the flow of Dutch investment in our economy will only grow and diversify,” he said, noting the importance of instruments on cooperation in agriculture, housing and communal services and remote sensing of land signed during the visit of the prime minister of Kazakhstan.
Moreover, the Kazakh diplomat shared information with his colleagues about Kazakhstan’s plans to open a European office of Kazakh Invest in the Netherlands.
In turn, the Dutch side stressed that it welcomed the ongoing political and economic reforms in Kazakhstan aimed at further strengthening the rule of law and creating favorable climate for business.
Given the current high level of cooperation, the parties agreed that it was important to maintain regular contacts between the foreign ministries of Kazakhstan and the Netherlands. The Deputy Director-General of the Dutch Foreign Ministry expressed his readiness to pay a return visit to Nur-Sultan to hold such negotiations.
During the conversation, the parties also commended the successful multilateral cooperation of the countries, the ratification by the Netherlands of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU. The diplomats placed emphasis on the prospects of cooperation within the new EU Strategy for Central Asia, Kazakhstan's experience of returning their citizens from combat areas under Operation Zhusan, as well as cooperation on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The Kazakh side expressed readiness to participate in the international conference Urgent Appeal for a Nuclear Weapon Free World to be held on November 26 in The Hague in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Dutch branch of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
During his visit, Deputy Minister Vassilenko also met with members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of the States General of the Netherlands.
The Deputy Minister gave a detailed account of the internal political processes taking place in the country and the priorities that President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined in his State of the Nation Address in September.
Kazakhstan's multi-vector diplomacy aroused great interest of the MP from the Democrats 66 party Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, who noted the visit of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan as an important step in strengthening cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU.
Anne Mulder, MP from the ruling People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, who also represents the Netherlands in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, noted the importance of further expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation. The sides also discussed interaction between Kazakhstan and parliamentary institutions such as the Parliamentary Assemblies of the OSCE and the Council of Europe. Dutch lawmakers expressed their desire to meet more often with Kazakh MPs on the sidelines of these inter-parliamentary organizations, as well as to visit our country.
The meeting also discussed regional cooperation in Central Asia, Kazakhstan’s participation in the EAEU and the Belt and Road initiative, our country's contribution to helping stabilize Afghanistan, as well as the fight against terrorism and extremism.
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