Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4
EU and Kazakhstan expect to sign a new enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement in 2015, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said, RIA Novosti reported March 4.
Latvia is presiding in the EU.
"As for the signing of the enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement, we discussed the content and the possible date of signing," Rinkēvičs said at a joint press-conference with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov. "Both sides intend to sign the agreement as soon as possible. There are some legal and technical issues, rather than political. I hope that we will be able to sign this agreement this year. I will not announce the month and the day. But I think I can speak on behalf of my EU colleagues that there is an interest to prepare and sign an agreement in 2015."
Idrissov said that Kazakhstan has invited the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to visit the country to sign an agreement.
"On behalf of my president, I invite Juncker to visit Kazakhstan in connection with the signing of this agreement," Idrissov said. "This is a comprehensive document covering 29 areas in which the EU and Kazakhstan agreed to cooperate. The regional and global security, the rule of law and national construction are among these areas."
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