Spain, Kazakhstan to “further strengthen” relationship

Madrid, Jul 5 (EFE).- Spain and Kazakhstan agreed Monday to “further strengthen” their relationship and adopted new accords on science and technology, agriculture and cooperation.

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya and Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi discussed a range of bilateral and international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan.

During the meeting, the ministers signed an agreement on science and technology and memoranda of understanding on environmental protection and climate change, agriculture, and cooperation between the respective development agencies.

Gonzalez Laya said that Madrid wants to reduce its trade deficit with the resource-rich Central Asian nation and that Spanish companies are eager to contribute to economic growth of Kazakhstan, especially in sectors such as aerospace, food and infrastructure.

The foreign ministers coincided in highlighting the excellent state of bilateral relations, grounded in the 2010 Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries.

Earlier in the day, Tileuberdi, who is also Kazakhstan’s deputy prime minister, participated in the ministerial meeting of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament, hosted by Gonzalez Laya.

Tileuberdi is to meet Tuesday with Spanish Senate President Pilar Llop and with business leaders before being received by King Felipe VI. EFE cll/lap/dr

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