Kazakh Senate Speaker: Kazakhstan is ready to step up cooperation with Canadian Parliament
The interlocutors exchanged views on the prospects for interparliamentary dialogue between Kazakhstan and Canada.
Chairman of the Senate of Parliament Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held a meeting with Governor General of Canada Julie Payette, a press service of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament informs.
The Speaker underlined that the visit of Julie Payette in Kazakhstan is an event of a great significance that can give a serious impetus to bilateral relations.
"Our states have many things in common, and this opens opportunities for cooperation in trade and economic and cultural and humanitarian spheres, including energy, agriculture, technologies, education, the aerospace area," said Tokayev.
Julie Payette shared her impressions on the trip to Baikonur Cosmodrome, where the spacecraft with the Canadian astronaut on the board was launched, as well as expressed the intention of the Canadian side to sign off a memorandum of cooperation with Kazcosmos.
The Chairman of the Upper Chamber of Parliament informed the counterpart on the role of the Senate in the political system of Kazakhstan and in the Diplomatic Corps's work to implement the political and social and economic modernization programmes initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The interlocutors exchanged views on prospects for interparliamentary dialogue between Kazakhstan and Canada. Tokayev noted the interest of the Senate to develop contacts between the legislative authorities of the two states and the productive interaction with Canadian parliamentarians in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Interparliamentary Union. The Senate Speaker handed over an invitation to his Canadian counterpart to pay an official visit to Astana.
In her turn, Julie Payette confirmed the interest of Canada to develop relations with Kazakhstan on a wider range of issues of the bilateral agenda, as well as within the multilateral cooperation. In particular, in the context of Ottawa's campaign for the post of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the Governor General expressed the interest in the experience of Kazakhstan, which finishes its participation in the supreme body of the largest international organization.
Tokayev informed the Canadian delegation on the priorities of Astana in the UN Security Council, the initiatives of President Nazarbayev in the sphere of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, global security. The Senate Speaker shared the results of the 6th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the most participatory platform in the world bringing together the heads of confessions and political leaders to deal with the challenges to humanity. According to Tokayev, at different times the Forum has been attended by the UN Secretary-General, the heads of state, world leaders including former Canadian PM Jean Chrétien.