KAZAKHSTAN - GEORGIA: 25 YEARS OF COOPERATION
Kazakhstan and Georgia are continuing to strengthen cooperation in all spheres. The countries are marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. In July 1992, the diplomatic mission of Georgia was opened in Almaty, and later, in 2003, it was moved to Astana. The states have built strong economic, political and cultural ties over a quarter of a century. Kazakh Ambassador to Georgia Ermukhamet Ertysbayev noted that Georgia has become Kazakhstan’s important strategic partner in 25 years.
ERMUKHAMET ERTYSBAYEV, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO GEORGIA:
- Kazakhstan has invested $340 million in the economy of Georgia. The largest national companies like KazMunaiGas and KazTransOil operate in Georgia. Kazakhstan has invested quite a lot of money in the hotel business and has assets here. Kazakhstan has leased Batumi port for 49 years. Georgia has a great geostrategic importance for Kazakhstan since we do not have access to the sea.
Zurab Abashidze, Georgian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, notes the importance of strengthening the mutually beneficial cooperation between the countries.
ZURAB ABASHIDZE, AMBASSADOR OF GEORGIA TO KAZAKHSTAN:
- We established diplomatic relations 25 years ago after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, over 25 years, Georgia and Kazakhstan have achieved a lot. Our countries have good relations that, I hope, will be strengthened further.