On July 5, 2018, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Ashikbayev met with Assistant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Donald Bobiash in Astana.
While discussing Kazakhstan-Canadian cooperation they welcomed the successful organization of the 3rd Kazakhstan-Canadian Business Council meeting in Ottawa on June 11, 2018. Deputy Minister Ashikbayev noted Kazakhstan's interest to strengthen and diversify trade and economic relations with Canada and its commitment to broadening business contacts between the two countries.
Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash emphasized opportunities to enhance cooperation between Kazakhstan and Canada in the sphere of agriculture, a traditionally successful area of bilateral engagement, considering science and research potential and significant exporting opportunities in this area.
Deputy Minister Ashikbayev and Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash also exchanged views on the international agenda, including the issue of stabilization and sustainable growth of Afghanistan. Deputy Minister Ashikbayev informed about Astana's measures and efforts aimed at facilitating the development of Afghanistan bilaterally and also multilaterally within the framework of Kazakhstan's non-permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council. Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash expressed an interest in strengthening Kazakhstan-Canadian dialogue on Afghanistan. They also discussed opportunities to reinforce comprehensive efforts of the global community to ensure economic growth and social development in Afghanistan.
At the end of the meeting Deputy Minister Ashikbayev and Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash agreed to promote further the dialogue between Kazakhstan and Canadian Foreign Ministries.