Kazakhstan and Cyprus Strengthen Bilateral Ties with New Initiatives

the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Murat Nurtleou, welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Konstantinos Kombos, to Astana for an official visit, marking a significant milestone in Kazakh-Cypriot relations.

During their meeting yesterday, the two ministers engaged in discussions concerning the current state and future prospects of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Cyprus across various areas of mutual interest.

Both parties aligned their agendas on international matters, reaffirming their commitment to close collaboration within multilateral frameworks and pledging mutual support for each other’s international initiatives.

Nurtleou underscored Kazakhstan’s profound regard for its bilateral ties with Cyprus, highlighting Nicosia’s pivotal role as a key partner in Southern Europe. He emphasized the enduring friendship between the two nations, built on principles of respect and trust, which continues to hold a special position in Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.

In response, Kombos praised the positive trajectory of bilateral relations and hailed Kazakhstan as Cyprus’s foremost partner in Central Asia. He announced Cyprus’s decision to inaugurate its embassy in Astana later this year, signaling a new chapter in their diplomatic relations.

The ministers recognized the untapped potential for enhancing cooperation in trade, tourism, agriculture, and energy sectors.

Additionally, a Memorandum of Understanding was inked between the aviation authorities of Kazakhstan and Cyprus, aiming to facilitate air traffic between the two countries.

During his visit, the Cypriot Foreign Minister also met with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, with scheduled meetings planned with Maulen Ashimbayev, Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, and Berik Asylov, the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan.

According to data from the National Bank of Kazakhstan, Cypriot investments in the Kazakh economy totaled $4.1 billion from 2005 to the third quarter of 2023, with a notable increase in 2023. As of January 1, 2024, Kazakhstan hosts 392 companies with Cypriot capital, underscoring the robust economic ties between the two nations.



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