Kazakhstan, Qatar expanding co-op
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 27
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
Kazakhstan and Qatar signed a number of cooperation documents, according to a message issued by Kazakh president's press office.
Governments of the two countries inked an agreement to exempt holders of diplomatic passports from visa requirements.
They also signed an agreement to cooperate in areas of culture and art.
Aside from that, Kazakhstan's National Bank and Central Bank of Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding.
These documents were signed following a meeting between Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
During the meeting Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan sees Qatar as an important partner in the region, and noted that there is potential to develop cooperation between the two countries.
He also said that relations built on trust on political level should serve a basis for development of the cooperation.
Nazarbayev also pointed out the similarity of the positions taken by the two countries on regional and international issues.
He further said that today Kazakhstan, just like Qatar, is pursuing a dynamic policy of economic diversification, implementing a wide range of institutional reforms and a program of industrial, innovative and infrastructural development.
President Nazarbayev also noted that the mentioned programs open up wide prospects for joint projects of the two countries' companies.
Qatari emir for his part expressed confidence that his visit will give a strong momentum to the bilateral relations.
He also expressed the interest in cooperation on a wide range of issues.
Edited by SI
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