1 November 2005
Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbayev met with First Vice Chairman of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal Quadras Roka, who had come to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.

Issues of mutual interest on Kazakhstan-EU cooperation were discussed at the meeting.

My visit shows the good relationships between the European Union and the both Houses of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, the Vice Chairman noted at the briefing.

A.Vidal Quadras Roka emphasized that ”it was obvious for the European Union that Kazakhstan is an important strategic partner, and its role would grow year by year”.

First of all, Kazakhstan is important for the EU as a main large supplier of energy resources. As you know, the key feature of the EU energy policy is a diversification of energy resources’ import, that is why we are seriously look to the growth of Kazakhstan as one of the largest suppliers of hydrocarbons to the world markets. Second, nowadays the EU considers Kazakhstan as an island of stability and security in the Central Asian region. Third, Kazakhstan is a bright example of peace and accord in the multiethnic and multiconfessional society. In this connection your experience will be useful for many countries of the world, the European parliamentarian said.

A.Vidal Quadras Roka also informed that “evolution of political and democratic transformations and the course of democratic institutions’ development in Kazakhstan are positively evaluated by the majority of the members of the European Parliament”.

Issues on the forthcoming elections in Kazakhstan were also discussed at the meeting.

I thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for that the CEC of the Republic of Kazakhstan sent an invitation to the observers from the European Parliament to come to elections. We are confident that international observation will positively influence the estimation of the presidential elections in Kazakhstan. Members of the European Parliament hope that elections will be fair, transparent and democratic, the EU parliamentarian emphasized.

A.Vidal Quadras Roka handed the President an official message from the President of the European Parliament and a personal message from the King of Spain.

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