In his speech the President of Kazakhstan emphasized that the current meeting is taking place on the eve of the Independence Day of the Republic and on behalf of the people of Kazakhstan congratulated the Kyrgyz people on the forthcoming holiday and the 20th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
“Many large events took place since the last session of the Interstate Council which was held four years ago. Today we have to discuss further steps and set tasks. We will exchange views on each item of the agenda”, Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted.
The head of state pointed out that the volume of trade between the two countries increased over the last years.
“Only in the first half of the current year the mutual trade increased two times, compared to the last year and made up US$ 470 million. We have good potential to reach it to US$ 1 billion”, Nursultan Nazarbayev stated.
President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev underlined that the peoples of the two countries share not only common history but fraternal ties.
“Nursultan Abishevich is absolutely right about bringing our relations to a closer and dynamic level of cooperation. We held negotiations in the narrow format during which many topical issues were discussed. President Nazarbayev expressed support on many issues, in particular on delivery of 200 thousand tonnes of grain with a delay in payment. I can say that we always feel support of Kazakhstan and its President. Unfortunately, the Kyrgyz Republic does not always fulfill its obligations. I said many times that Kazakhstan is lucky to have its President. We see the development of Kazakhstan achieved within the years of independence”, Almazbek Atambayev said.
The President of the Kyrgyz Republic also emphasized that the Kyrgyz people supported the athletes of the national team of Kazakhstan during the Olympic Games in London.
“Economic development of Kazakhstan and stability in the country influence all fields, including education and sports. Kazakhstan ranked 12th in Olympic medal standing and proved the right way of its development. We need to learn your experience. I thank you, Nursultan Abishevich, and the whole people of Kazakhstan”, Almazbek Atambayev stressed.
The two presidents also discussed a number of investment projects aimed at further development of economic relations.