Kazakh delegation headed by the EXPO-2017 Commissioner – First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Rapil Zhoshybayev visited Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkmenistan.
During the working visit, a number of meetings were held. The leadership of these countries received official letters-invitations to the EXPO 2017. Outlook for bilateral cooperation was discussed there.
In Armenia R. Zhoshybayev met with Foreign Minister and Minister of Economy; in Georgia – with President G. Margvelashvili, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and the Minister of Foreign Affairs; in Azerbaijan – with the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan N. Mamedov, Minister of Energy, Minister of Culture and Tourism.
In the frames of these meetings, participation of the countries in the upcoming EXPO 2017 in Astana, attraction of corporate participants, participation of the state bodies of Kazakhstan and these countries in the exhibition were among the topics raised. Development of cultural and humanitarian, economic, trade and inter-parliamentary cooperation were also discussed.
The visits resulted in signing MoCs between JSC “NC Astana EXPO-2017″ and the Association of Tour Operators of Armenia and Georgia, and the Azerbaijani Tourism Industry Association. In Turkmenistan, R. Zhoshybayev met with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers – Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Palvan Taganov and chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of the country Dovran Orazmuradov.
At the meeting with R. Meredov they discussed preparations for the forthcoming official visit of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to Turkmenistan, the agenda of the VIII meeting of the Kazakh-Turkmen intergovernmental commission on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation, the results of the IV Summit of the Caspian states. The sides expressed mutual interest in enhancing bilateral cooperation in all spheres, including the possibility of opening direct flights between the capitals of the two states.
Deputy PM P. Taganov said that his country will be well presented at the EXPO-2017 and confirmed Turkmenistan’s interest in obtaining a pavilion with a large area at the exhibition in Astana. The Turkmen side has also confirmed its participation in the first Meeting of the EXPO-2017 international participants, scheduled for Oct 22-23, 2014 in Astana.
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