Kazakhstan, Astana, June 17 / Trend , K. Konirova/ Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan Friendship and Culture Association Office opened in Astana today.
Representatives of Azerbaijani and Kazakh embassies, Azerbaijani diaspora, students and journalists attended the opening ceremony.
Azerbaijani ambassador to Kazakhstan Latif Gandilov opened the event.
"I believe and I am sure that the association is a symbol of spiritual closeness of our two peoples. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are strategic partners at the political level, but in universal terms we are close nations. We must always bear it in mind and tell it to the young. I see manifestation of people's diplomacy in this," Gandilov said.
The diplomat said that during two years of activities the association jointly with the embassy of Azerbaijan and the local diaspora held many events on the friendship between the two peoples in Astana and other cities of Kazakhstan.
"I believe that the office of association is our Azeri house in Astana," ambassador said.
Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan Friendship and Culture Association Office is located in one of the cabinets of Kazakh University of Economy, Finance and International Trade in Astana.
The embassy of Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan rendered great help to found the association, rector of the university Gabdykapar Seytkasymov said.
"The embassy gave the office not only books in Azerbaijan, but also all the necessary computer equipment," he said.
Opening of the office is only a good start to work together for many years to come, chairman of Azerbaijani diaspora in Astana Vadidy Salakhov said.
According to the embassy, the association was established in Astana on July 4, 2007 upon the initiative of the Embassy of Azerbaijan and representatives of the Kazakh intelligentsia. Professor of Technology and Business University and Doctor of Technical Sciences Ashat Shakirov was elected chairman.
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