Armenia and Kazakhstan are aspiring to build deeper relations in the trade and economic spheres, the two nations’ leaders said after negotiations on Monday.
Armenia’s President Robert Kocharian, who is on a two-day official visit to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the country’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and his Kazakh counterpart gave a press conference in Astana after their meeting earlier today.
Kocharian emphasized the positive dynamics in bilateral relations, the high level of political dialogue existing between the two countries and good cooperation within international organizations.
He regretted Armenia’s insignificant amount of trade and economic cooperation with Kazakhstan, a country that he called ‘an undoubted leader of the Central Asian region’.
“The economic component is the weakest in our cooperation despite the advanced reforms we have both in Kazakhstan and Armenia and their consonance, which is a good basis first of all for economic cooperation,” Kocharian underscored.
The Armenian leader expressed a hope that the agreements signed in Astana will help both counties’ business elites to develop more active cooperation.
Kocharian welcomed the closer attention of Kazakhstan’s business circles to Armenia and their serious presence in the South Caucasus. He hoped that in the time to come this presence will have a greater impact on Armenia than it does today.
For his part, Nazarbayev expressed his satisfaction with the negotiations he had with his Armenian counterpart.
“We have confirmed the aspiration of our states to further deepen our relations through increasing trade and raising our relations to a new level. These relations will also be promoted by increased trade and closer economic links allowing Kazakhstani companies and capital to work in Armenia without fear,” Nazarbayev stressed.
During their meeting the sides also discussed contacts in the humanitarian sphere and exchanged information on the ongoing reforms in their countries.
Kocharian briefed Nazarbayev on the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. “I want to reiterate our commitment to a peaceful settlement of this conflict,” Kocharian said at the news conference.
He invited Nazarbayev to pay a return official visit to Armenia next year ‘in order to summarize the results of the annual work of the Armenian-Kazakhstani intergovernmental commission.’