FMs mull German- Kazakh relations
Kazakhstan, Astana, July 21 / Trend A.Maratov /
Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov met with German Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Berlin, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported.
The sides discussed the implementation of agreements reached during the high-level meetings, particularly during the Kazakhstan visit of Federal President Horst Kohler and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. The ministers considered the question of organizing President Nursultan Nazarbayev's visit to Berlin in the near future that designed to give new impetus to the relations and cooperation.
Regarding Kazakhstan's interaction with the EU countries based on the State Program "Way to Europe" initiated by the president and the EU strategy for Central Asia, initiated by Germany, Kazykhanov stressed the priority of the European vector in Astana's foreign policy, as well as Kazakhstan's aspiration to diversify the political and economic relations with the countries of this continent.
He said "the successful performance of the Year of Kazakhstan in Germany in 2009 and the Year of Germany in Kazakhstan in 2010 contributed to the rapprochement of our peoples and strengthening of cultural cooperation".