During bilateral political consultations, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania confirmed their readiness to develop political and mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation, as well as to maintain close cooperation in the international arena.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Margulan Baimukhan led the Kazakh delegation; Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Dalius Čekuolis led the Lithuanian delegation.
The parties discussed in detail a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation. In particular, it was emphasized that a confidential political dialogue was built between the countries, and the positions of the countries on many problems of the international agenda coincide completely. Moreover, mutual support at various international platforms has become a distinguished feature in the interaction of the two countries.
The delegations also discussed the proposal to jointly develop a schedule of mutual visits at the presidential, parliamentary and governmental levels. An agreement was reached to begin comprehensive preparation of the content of planned meetings.
Particular attention was paid to the development and expansion of inter-parliamentary dialogue between Kazakhstan and Lithuania, which is currently supported by the parliamentary Friendship Groups in both countries. The parties reaffirmed the importance of this segment of bilateral contacts.
One of the most important items on the agenda of political consultations was trade and economic cooperation. Lithuania is currently one of the ten largest trade partners of Kazakhstan among the EU countries. In turn, Kazakhstan is the 15th largest trading partner of Lithuania.
As a result, an agreement was reached on increasing the intensity of interaction between the foreign ministries as part of economic diplomacy.
Participants of the consultations noted that cooperation between Kazakhstan and Lithuania in the transit and transport sector remains a priority. In particular, the parties discussed the possibility of establishing cooperation between the seaports of Kazakhstan, Aktau and Kuryk, and the seaport of Klaipeda. In addition, it was noted that the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Transport and the Combined Group on International Road Transport will be held on May 18-22, 2020 in Lithuania.
The parties also highlighted the relevance of opening direct air services between the two countries, as well as creating, in the future, a regular transcontinental air route Nur-Sultan – Vilnius – New York. In this regard, the parties also discussed the state and prospects for the development of tourist relations, including medical tourism.
The diplomats also agreed to further intensify contacts in the field of education and medicine. They also expressed gratitude to the Lithuanian side for the allocation of 200 scholarships for Kazakhstan students.
Support of Lithuania in the process of facilitating the visa regime between Kazakhstan and the European Union became an important aspect of the consultations.
The Kazakh diplomat held a separate meeting with the leadership of Lithuanian company BOD Group, manufacturer of modern equipment in the alternative energy sector, including solar panels. As part of a special presentation, the latest developments in the field of green energy, the latest achievements in the field of energy-saving technologies, as well as the results of the implementation of business projects in various foreign countries were presented. As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached on a practical study of the issue of the immediate prospects of BOD Group entering the Kazakhstan market.
During a meeting with the leadership of the Lithuanian Dairy Association and leading Lithuanian dairy producers, Mr. Baimukhan urged them to develop a trade partnership and widely use preferences for foreign investors in Kazakhstan. The leadership of Lithuanian dairy companies confirmed their willingness to cooperate, expressing interest in expanding their positions in the market of Kazakhstan.
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