Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates are marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The memorable date was celebrated at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. Foreign Ministers, ambassadors and businessmen took part in the solemn meeting. Participants noted that the interaction between the two countries is actively developing. The states will further strengthen partnership, especially in the trade and economic sphere. To date, Kazakhstan and the UAE have concluded more than 80 interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements. The UAE became one of the first Middle Eastern states that supported Kazakhstan in its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The Emirates intend to take an active part in the upcoming international specialized exhibition in Astana.

 

KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH FOREIGN MINISTER:

 - We are continuing to actively cooperate as part of our membership in the UN Security Council. This year, the two countries have an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the entire globe, not only the Islamic group, their commitment to the development of science and technology in the Islamic world. The first ever summit of the Islamic Cooperation Organization devoted to science and technology will be held in Astana. Our countries will continue working closely in the growing Islamic organization for food security.

 

ABDULLAH BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, UAE FOREIGN MINISTER:

 - We are happy to see that the countries’ relationships are at the high level. We would like to strengthen them in the future. Our country participates in the exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. In 2020, our country will host the exhibition and we hope for Kazakhstan’s active participation in it.

 

As it became known after the meeting of Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov with the head of the foreign policy department of the Arab Emirates, Abdallah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, it is planned to introduce 30-day visa free entry for Kazakhstan citizens traveling to the UAE in the coming months. According to the UAE Foreign Minister, about 100,000 Kazakhstan citizens visit the Middle Eastern country every year. The UAE foreign department expects that the number of Kazakh tourists will double after the introduction of the visa free entry. After the agreement comes into force, Kazakhstan citizens will save about $10 million a year on trips. 

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