Kazakhstan and Latvia are closely linked by political and economic partnership. In Riga, foreign ministries representatives of the two countries discussed mutually beneficial prospects for cooperation. During the meeting, the parties showed their interest in further development of trade, economic and foreign policy relations. Latvian representatives also showed support for Kazakhstan’s global initiatives as part of international organizations.
ANDREJS PILDEGOVICS, STATE SECRETARY, LATVIA'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
- We consider Kazakhstan as our priority partner in the region. In recent years, we have been advocating very closely on the development of cooperation with the European Union (EU) on behalf of Kazakhstan and the EU. Last year, a fundamental framework agreement on partnership was signed. We are developing a new strategy of cooperation with the region. Of course, there are common threats that unite us such as terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking.
JURIJS POGREBNAKS, LATVIAN AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:
- We have partnerships in education, development of green technologies, information technologies as well as in development of the Eurasian transport and transit. We are partners in one continent and we will continue to work on these areas.
Kazakh representatives highly appreciated the bilateral cooperation with Latvia. Having celebrated 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations last year, the countries are united by strong friendship and the transparent, constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation.
ROMAN VASSILENKO, KAZAKH DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER:
- I think that we will continue to develop our relations with this spirit of a trustful dialogue, mutual understanding as well as the absence of any unresolved problems and desire to strengthen these relations on a mutually beneficial basis.
In addition, representatives of the two countries have expressed interests in building up cooperation in agriculture, nanotechnology and construction. Representatives from the Baltic state highlighted that they have closely observe reforms implemented in Kazakhstan, which aims at modernization and long-term development of the country.