The Head of State welcomed Julie Payette and noted the symbolism of the first official visit of the Governor-General to Kazakhstan, which coincided with the successful flight of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
- That fact is critical to you, since you have twice had space flights with a similar mission, the President of Kazakhstan stressed.
Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed out that e current year marks 26 years since establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, and focused on positive trends in the field of trade and mutual investments.
In turn, the Canadian Governor-General, thanking for the opportunity to visit Kazakhstan on an official visit, noted that she had previously been at the Baikonur Cosmodrome as a member of various space programs.
- I have arrived in Kazakhstan with a greeting from the Prime Minister of Canada. We are very pleased that the launched space crew is already in orbit. Tomorrow we will visit the National Space Centre. We hope that the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan and the Canadian Space Agency will be fruitful, Julie Payette concluded.
In addition, the Governor-General stressed that Canada fully supports the anti-nuclear initiatives of Kazakhstan’s President.
In conclusion, the sides discussed issues of cooperation in education and science, agriculture and the agro-industrial sector, and also expressed confidence that the visit would further strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between Kazakhstan and Canada.