NUR-SULTAN, August 7, 2019 – A meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs Beibut Atamkulov and Ambassador of Lebanon in Kazakhstan, Giscard El Khoury, was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Lebanon was one of the first Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan.
“Our countries are successfully developing high-level political ties. Executive and business level bilateral meetings have become more extensive”, the Foreign Minister said.
Kazakhstan welcomed Lebanon as a new observer of the 13th round of Astana Process peace talks. Nowadays, the Astana process, supported by the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - the Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev, has a significant role in resolution of the Syrian conflict. Despite the challenges, peace negotiations in Nur-Sultan have proved its validity and effectiveness.
The Minister expressed gratitude to Lebanon for the assistance they provided to the Kazakh peacekeeping battalion situated in Lebanon as a part of the Indian contingent.
The Ambassador of Lebanon noted his country’s great interest in further developing comprehensive relations with Kazakhstan and expressed willingness towards active cooperation with Kazakhstan to solve bilateral issues.
“Today, our countries are not only developing bilateral relations but also building successful cooperation within the framework of regional and international organizations,” the Ambassador added. In this context, he noted the important role of Kazakhstan across various international platforms, where Nur-Sultan acts as an effective mediator.
Furthermore, the Ambassador pointed out that the Astana process is the only viable platform for solving the issues of Syrians citizens, in particular, the issue of returning refugees back to their home country.
At the same time, the parties held a thorough discussion on developing trade and economic relations, noting that the current level does not fully utilize the potential for bilateral cooperation. The discussion emphasized the need to explore all available opportunities to expand trade and economic relations.
The most promising area of cooperation appears to be agriculture. Kazakhstan is interested in exporting wheat to the countries of the Middle East, including Lebanon.
Lebanese entrepreneurs have been invited to cooperate in various areas of business in Kazakhstan, including transport and logistics, tourism, hospitality, and the service sector.
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