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2 February 2007
Official visit by the Head of State to Ukraine is being continued.

President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan met with President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine during an official ceremony in the Mariinskiy Palace in Kiev.

While opening narrowed negotiations Viktor Yushchenko emphasized that Ukraine very high appreciates relations with Kazakhstan and consider them as “stable and close”.

- Today’s meeting is the fourth one over the past two years and demonstrates that relations between our countries are reliable and dynamic, - the President of Ukraine said.

The Head of Kazakhstan said that such contacts at the highest level would assist to the development of bilateral relations. The President noted that conduction of Kazakhstan’s year in Ukraine and Ukraine’s year in Kazakhstan in 2008 will strengthen ties between Kazakhstani and Ukrainian peoples.

During the enlarged negotiations the sides discussed important issues of bilateral collaboration, particularly, strengthening of trade economic and cultural humanitarian ties, and also the implementation course of the agreements achieved during the visit of the President of Kazakhstan to Ukraine in November 2005.

On the negotiations’ results the Presidents of Kazakhstan and Ukraine signed the Actions Plan of Ukraine and Kazakhstan for 2007-2008 (Road Map 2). Also the Heads of the two states witnessed the signing of protocol on making amendments to the Agreement on collaboration in exporting Kazakh oil to Ukraine and its transit through the territory of Ukraine on 1 June, 2004, and Agreement on trade economic, scientific technical and cultural collaboration between the Akimat of the Mangistau region and Livov regional state administration of Ukraine.

A joint press conference by President Nursultan Nazarbaev and President Viktor Yushchenko was held after the signing ceremony of the bilateral documents.

- My current visit to friendly Ukraine is a continuation of the constructive dialogue with President Viktor Alexandrovich Yushchenko and is devoted to the official opening of Kazakhstan’s year in Ukraine. The conduction of Kazakhstan’s year in Ukraine and Ukraine’s year in Kazakhstan is a milestone event marking the beginning of the completely new stage in the relations between our countries. We need to apply all existing mechanisms in order to give a new impulse to trade economic ties, to broadening mutual involvement of business and capitals in the economies of our countries, to the implementation of promising projects, to popularization of cultural heritage of Kazakhstan and Ukraine, - the President of Kazakhstan said at the press conference.

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