Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC visit to Kazakhstan
Lieu: Astana, Kazakhstan
End production: 30/11/2012 First transmission: 30/11/2012
Statement by Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC following her visit to Kazakhstan
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||Baiterek – symbol of Astana city, central square view
||Astana city view
||Kazakhstan flag in center of the city (Astana) (2 shots)
||Press statement (ENGLISH) Cathrine Ashton:
I am extremely pleased to be here in Kazakhstan today which is a final part of my visit to Central Asia this week. I had a very interesting dinner with the foreign minister Idrisov last night and I have just had the privilege of meeting your President – President Nazarbaev again today. We are very keen to deepen and strengthen our relationship with Kazakhstan through partnership and cooperation agreement which will be the first agreement in this region. No surprisingly we focused on economic and trade issues in our discussions.We fully support Kazakhstan in its moves forward in its negotiations to become a member of the world trade organization. We recognize the deep and strong economic ties between businesses in Kazakhstan and businesses in European Union. We also talked about relations with the region and I fully supported the President’s call for regional integration and I fully supported the President’s call for regional integration. We discussed today the importance of the EU-Central Asia strategy and our work together. And I want to say how much the European Union recognizes the importance of this region and how much we want to continue to work together.And I stressed the importance of the security dialogue which we plan to have with the countries of this region, looking at issues of common concern. Finally I just want to say that we support the country’s moving economic liberalization and support of civil society and human rights. Аnd we will continue to work closely with Kazakhstan as you move forward into the future. Finally I complemented the President on the wonderful architecture I have privilegely seen this morning. And I look forward very much to having the opportunity to come back to Kazakhstan in the future.
||Astana city view
||Title in the University: Catherine Ashton high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy