Brussels discusses action plans on Kazakhstan's chairmanship in OSCE
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 27 / Trend K. Konyrova /
OSCE Chairman, Kazakh Secretary of State and Foreign Minister, Kanat Saudabayev held talks in Brussels with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere and European Parliament Chairman Jerzy Buzek, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov said.
These meetings discussed Kazakh-EU cooperation, priorities and action plans, Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the OSCE, and problems of regional security in the political, economic, ecological and humanitarian spheres, he added.
According to the official, the sides identified their common interests in the signing of a new agreement on partnership and cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU.
"Considering Kazakhstan as an important country in the region of particular interest for the EU, Rompuy delivered a personal invitation to President Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit the EU," he said.
Noting the growing importance of Kazakhstan to ensure energy security in Europe and worldwide, Ashton voiced her intention to visit Kazakhstan in the near future.
"Given the progress achieved in the socio-political and socio-economic development of Kazakhstan, the Brussels meetings highlighted the importance of the speedy granting of our country's status of market economy," he said. "Kazakhstan's economy status has been confirmed by the U.S. in 2002."
According to Omarov, Saudabayev also attended the joint EU-OSCE ministerial meeting. The talks mulled issues of effective coordination between the two organizations to ensure regional security, including issues on Afghanistan, search for peaceful settlement of "protracted conflicts" and promote "the Corfu process" and dialogue on the future architecture of European security, as well as several other issues of mutual interest.
"This meeting marked a new dynamism of Kazakhstan in the dialogue within the OSCE, an ambitious agenda for the presidency in this organization, relevance of arranged emphasis on tolerance and the timeliness and importance of the Kazakh president's to convene an OSCE summit in 2010," he added.
Omarov said, during his Brussels visit, Saudabayev also gave several interviews to the leading international news agencies and print media.
Today, NATO headquarters will hose the meeting of Saudabayev and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, after which the minister will leave for London to attend an international conference on Afghanistan Jan. 28 and hold bilateral and multilateral talks with leaders of key countries involved in the process stabilize the situation in this country.
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