Kazakhstan, Albania boost trade and economic coop
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two states signed a protocol on mutual cooperation.
In Astana, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov and Foreign Minister of Albania Ditmir Bushati signed a protocol on cooperation between the two states, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
"During the bilateral talks, they discussed a wider range of issues of practical importance for the further development of bilateral relations. Firstly, trade and economic, investment cooperation. They include such spheres as construction, transport, agriculture, infrastructure development, logistics, and energy, as well as tourism so our nations learn more about each other," said Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov.
He noted that the signed memorandum would facilitate the even wider cooperation between the two foreign ministries.
"The foreign policy agenda has a topical issue, which is cooperation within international organizations such as the UN, where Albania is a nominee for a responsible seat of a member of the Security Council. Kazakhstan has an opportunity to exchange the experience of working as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, as well as how to chair the OSCE. And we dedicated huge attention to these to structures," said Abdrakhmanov.
According to the Minister, there are the organizations in which Kazakhstan and Albania will continue cooperating, particularly it is the Islamic Cooperation Organization.
In his turn, Foreign Minister of Albania Ditmir Bushati noted that the signed memorandum would strengthen cooperation and reveal prospects for further possibilities.
"We confirmed our commitment to strengthen new economic relations in agriculture, tourism, transport, trade, and culture. The representation of our delegation is a good sign to strengthen our relations. After the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the commerce chambers of our states, we expect to meet at the first session of the Commission once legal aspects of economic cooperation finished," said Ditmir Bushati.
The Foreign Minister of Albania highly praised the chairmanship of Kazakhstan of the OSCE and the UN Security Council and underlined that it was a huge experience for Albania to develop.
"Secondly, we agreed to participate jointly in strengthening our relations so to contribute to the achievement of peace and stability in our regions, in this context, we highly praise the experience of your chairmanship of the OSCE and your experience as a member of the UN Security Council. And, we believe that we could teach you a lot. In addition, we discussed the necessity to eliminate all barriers so to present possibilities for our citizens for free movement. As you know, Albania is the country of Schengen's expanded list. A visa regime was eliminated for citizens of Kazakhstan, and we discussed with the Ministry the steps so citizens of Albania could visit Kazakhstan without visas," said Bushati.