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PARIS, November 5 /TASS/. Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his French opposite number Francois Hollande met in Paris on Thursday to discuss the guidelines of further bilateral cooperation.
"The Kazakhstani president emphasized that Astana and Paris had a great potential for interaction in trade, economic, investment and cultural and humanitarian spheres as well as in the aerospace industry," the Kazakhstani president’s press service said after the negotiations.
Nazarbayev and Hollande met both in the narrow and expanded formats. They discussed the guidelines of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on urgent international issues.
"France is one of Kazakhstan’s major partners. Today, the sides have full understanding in various aspects of economy and politics," Nazarbayev stressed.
Nazarbayev and Hollande also discussed implementation of agreements reached during the French president’s last visit to Kazakhstan in December 2014. Then, the sides signed 17 agreements worth $530 million. This time, the sides are planning to conclude contracts worth more than 5 billion dollars in such fields as uranium delivery, the automobile industry, water supply, waste utilization, etc, President Nazarbayev said.
Nazarbayev conferred the "Dostyk" (Friendship) Order 1st degree on Francois Hollande. After the talks, the two leaders signed a joint declaration, a treaty on France’s participation in the international specialized Expo-2017 exhibition in Astana (EXPO-2017); as well as a declaration of intention to develop space cooperation between the Aerospace Committee of the Kazakhstani Ministry of Investments and Development and the French National Center of Space Research (CNES). The Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Science also signed a joint declaration.