Kazakh, Russian FMs met in Almaty

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17:05 13.05.2011
text: Kazinform
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazykhanov has met today with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov who arrived in our country for the regular session of the Foreign Ministers Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization scheduled for tomorrow, May 14.

The parties focused on the course of fulfillment of the instructions given by the Kazakh and Russian presidents, including the implementation of 2011-2012 Joint Action Plan, the urgent issues of bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.

The Kazakh Minister informed his Russian colleague of preparation for the SCO jubilee summit to be held in Astana on June 15 and the main approaches of Kazakhstan's forthcoming OIC chairmanship. Issues regarding Customs Union's functioning and implementation of the regulatory-legal framework of the Single Economic Space of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus were discussed. In addition, the ministers focused on the course of preparation for the 8th Interregional Cooperation Forum with the participation of both countries' presidents scheduled for autumn in Astrakhan. Cooperation within the UN, security in Central Asia, the Afghan problem and the legal status of the Caspian Sea were on agenda of the meeting too.

"Russia appreciates strategic partnership with Kazakhstan, in particular within the SCO", S. Lavrov noted.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a permanently functioning intergovernmental and international organization founded on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai (PRC) by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.