Tokayev, Steinmeier note strong relations between Astana, Berlin

Astana, Jun 20 (EFE).- The presidents of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, highlighted on Tuesday the strong current relations between their two countries and pledged to further strengthen those ties.

“We want our relations to be even closer, especially in light of the challenges we face today: the tense international situation and the joint fight against climate change,” Steinmeier said during the plenary meeting of the delegations, held at Akorda, the Kazakh presidential palace.

The German president emphasized that Kazakhstan is his country’s most significant partner in Central Asia, accounting for 85% of its total trade with the region and accumulating German direct investments worth 320 million euros.

“Recently, Kazakhstan has contributed to Germany’s energy security. The supplies of Kazakh crude have kept refineries operating in Germany,” he added.

Steinmeier stated that his conversations with Tokayev earlier in the day covered global issues, particularly focusing on the war in Ukraine.

“We intensely addressed Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine, which contradicts the principles of international relations. This war of aggression has caused an epochal shift, not only in Germany but globally,” he emphasized.

Steinmeier thanked Kazakhstan for its stance on defending international law, respecting territorial integrity and the sovereignty of states.

“We are concerned about political and economic tensions in the world. Of course, all problems should be resolved peacefully for the benefit of the people and future generations,” Tokayev said, as quoted by his press office.

On the bilateral front, the host president noted that between Kazakhstan and Germany, “there are many areas for mutually beneficial cooperation,” expressing confidence that relations between the two countries will continue to rise.

Tokayev pointed out that the two leaders’ talks placed special emphasis on strengthening political dialogue and deepening cooperation in commercial, economic, investment, energy, transport, and logistics areas.

Furthermore, the heads of state underlined the importance of “enhancing interaction within the framework of developing the Trans-Caspian international transport route, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in oil and gas fields, green energy, and industry.”

Steinmeier arrived in Kazakhstan on Monday for an official visit scheduled to conclude on Thursday. EFE


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