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21 November 2007
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev Pays the First State Visit to the Slovak Republic. The President Holds Negotiations with the Slovakian Leadership in Bratislava.

In January 2008, it will be the 15th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relationships between Kazakhstan and Slovakia. All these years, the two republics maintained sustainable political dialogue. A number of important bilateral events were held this year. Slovakian Foreign Affairs Minister Jan Kubis visited Kazakhstan in March, when the sides signed a Convention on excluding double taxation and preventing tax avoidance.

The Intergovernmental Kazakhstan-Slovakian Commission for economic and scientific technical cooperation held its third session on 11-12 June in Bratislava, and signed a number of bilateral documents aimed at developing economic and scientific technical cooperation.

Today, after official welcome ceremony at the Slovakian Presidential Palace, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Ivan Gasparovic held narrowed and enlarged negotiations in a constructive atmosphere demonstrating the aspiration to make our countries and nations closer.

The Heads of State discussed prospects of further cooperation in all areas.

During the negotiations, the sides stated they share common approaches to issues of maintaining international stability, energy security, non-proliferation, fight against international terrorism and extremism, support of democratic processes.

President Ivan Gasparovic noted Kazakhstan is a key state in the Caspian and Central Asian regions, and Slovakia “would like to do business with Kazakhstan”.

“We are grateful to Slovakia for the support of our international initiatives including our bid for the OSCE chairmanship in 2009,” President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at press availability on the outcomes of the negotiations.

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