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MOSCOW, November 21 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Kazakhstani counterpart Yerzhan Kazykhanov have signed a plan on cooperation between foreign ministries of the two countries.
“The document embraces all issues of bilateral relations, as well as international and regional issues. The implementation of the document will make it possible to strengthen close foreign political cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan,” Lavrov said.
“The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached at the 8th forum on inter-regional cooperation that had taken place in Astrakhan on September 15 with the participation of the heads of state,” he said. “We coordinated further steps towards ensuring close efforts by Russia and Kazakhstan in the CSTO and SCO in order to more effectively counter new challenges, which pose a real threat to the region. In general, we discussed the approaches on the situation in Central Asia and Afghanistan. We care about it because these processes directly affect security of both countries,” Lavrov said.
“Next year Russia and Kazakhstan will mark the 20th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations,” the Russian minister said.
For his part, Kazykhanov stated, “Both countries exerted major efforts to organise the events devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. We agreed to organise them on a high level.”
According to the minister, “the parties also discussed cooperation within international organizations and integration associations.” “Our countries have close positions on key global issues. We come out in a united front in order to ensure security both in the region and in the world. The efforts of our states within the OSCE, the SCO, the CSTO and the CICA (Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia),” the Kazakhstani minister said.
Kazykhanov said Kazakhstan would preside in the CSTO next year.