NUR-SULTAN, September 5, 2019 - The second round of Kazakh-Chilean political consultations was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan with the participation of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Ashikbayev and Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Chile Patricio Torres.
The Kazakh and Chilean sides welcomed the strengthening of cooperation and the ongoing development of dialogue between the foreign ministries of the two countries.
During the consultations, a wide range of issues of bilateral and multilateral partnerships were discussed. This included enhancing trade and economic cooperation in agriculture, mining, renewable energy sources, expanding the legal framework, further facilitating the visa regime, strengthening the institution of honorary consuls to deepen integration processes, the promotion of cultural and humanitarian contacts between Kazakhstan and Chile, as well as maintaining dialogue on international issues and tackling climate change.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan informed Mr Torres on the role of our country in the Central Asian region, relevant aspects of the political and economic development of Kazakhstan, its transit potential, ongoing efforts to attract foreign investors, measures to modernize the economy and protect foreign investors. The Kazakh diplomat noted that the positive nature of the political dialogue achieved over the past 25 years of Kazakh-Chilean diplomatic relations has opened up new opportunities for the two countries to promote mutually beneficial partnerships in the field of trade and investment, including cooperation within the EAEU.
Chile's Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs emphasized the importance of the partnership with Kazakhstan. He commented on the recent address by the Head of State, noting that Chile and Kazakhstan should give further impetus to the development of bilateral relations. “Our countries have similar DNA; we play an essential role both in the global and regional arenas. I agree with the position of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, voiced in his address to the people, that we have the opportunity to increase our achievements,” the Chilean diplomat said.
He also noted the importance of Kazakhstan’s global initiatives in the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament, the fight against terrorism, and promoting the global use of renewable energy sources. The Chilean diplomat cited the example of the EXPO 2017 International Exhibition, during which Chile was successfully represented in the Latin American pavilion. Mr Torres expressed hope that the Kazakh delegation will take part in the 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), which will be held in Santiago in December this year.
As for multilateral relations, the prospects of developing contacts with the Pacific Alliance, of which Chile is a founding member, were noted. In July, Kazakhstan received official observer status in this South American economic bloc.
In summarizing the meeting, the parties agreed to organize the next round of Kazakh-Chilean political consultations in Santiago.
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