Kazakh Foreign Minister discusses cooperation with Norwegian leadership
Kazakhstan, Astana, 23 March / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Yerlan Idrisov paid an official visit to Norway on March 21, Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan said.
During the visit, Idrisov met with the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe.
"The sides discussed cooperation in traditional areas, including oil and gas, as well as development of renewable energy sources, including hydropower engineering (97 percent of electricity in Norway is generated by water) and production of biofuel," according to the statement.
Leaders of the two agencies agreed to continue cooperation for further involvement of the Norwegian experience and technology to develop clean and innovative energy in Kazakhstan.
Idrisov also met with Vice President of the Norwegian Parliament Marit Nybakk.
"During the talks, the sides mainly discussed the issues of inter-parliamentary cooperation, nuclear non-proliferation, regional cooperation," the Foreign Ministry said.
During the visit, Idrisov also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Espen Eide. The meeting discussed a wide range of bilateral and international issues, including the expansion of trade between the two countries, negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program, assistance to Afghanistan and cooperation with the countries of Central Asia. Eide appreciated the upcoming opening of a full-fledged embassy of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Norway.