Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 21 / Trend /
Azerbaijan is an important partner of Kazakhstan, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov said on Monday at a meeting with the heads of several leading media outlets of the CIS countries. They arrived in Astana to attend the sixth Forum of European and Asian Media (FEAM). The meeting was also attended by Trend Agency Director General.
"Azerbaijan is an important partner of Kazakhstan. It is essential for us to cooperate with Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea issues and hydrocarbons transportation," Mr Masimov said commenting on the dynamics of cooperation between the two countries.
He said the traditional routes through which Kazakhstan transports full loads of hydrocarbons through Russia are very important for the country, but 'other routes of transportation of energy resources and commodities particularly through Azerbaijan are very important for us'.
"We are also trying to use other countries' routes, including China," Mr Masimov added.
He said Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are similar in terms of development and the Kazakh side is interested in further cooperation.
The forum, run under the banner of '20 years of independence: Media and Society', is taking place in Astana. It will run until Nov. 22 and is organised by the Russian media holding RIA Novosti.
The forum is being attended by over 250 representatives of the CIS, Baltic States and Georgia, including media representatives and top managers of the media industry of the post-Soviet space programme, experts and analysts.
Azerbaijani media outlets are represented by Editor-in-Chief of the Exo newspaper Rauf Talishinsky, CEO of Trend Agency Ilgar Huseynov and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Zerkalo newspaper Tofig Abbasov.
The main topics of the FEAM-2011 are the peculiarities of mass media in the rapid development of information technologies and challenges in the information society. The Forum will focus on the prospects for development of economic intergovernmental associations.