President Tokayev Meets Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Astana

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, who arrived in Astana on a working visit.

The meeting took place at Akorda, where the two leaders discussed expanding cooperation in political, economic, cultural, and humanitarian spheres.

“I remember our meeting in 2015 with warmth. We appreciate your personal contribution to promoting and developing our mutually beneficial cooperation. You are currently the longest-serving Prime Minister of your country and have vast international experience. I would also like to note the dynamic development of our bilateral cooperation. The Netherlands is the largest investor in our economy, with direct investments exceeding $120 billion. Our countries are implementing large-scale joint projects,” President Tokayev stated.

President Tokayev emphasized the significance of Prime Minister Rutte’s visit in boosting trade and economic relations between Astana and Amsterdam.

Prime Minister Rutte expressed his high appreciation for the bilateral partnership, advocating for intensified practical cooperation between Kazakhstan and the Netherlands.

“I first visited Astana in 2010, which was my first trip outside the EU as the new Prime Minister. My subsequent visit was in 2015. I remember our negotiations well. I am always amazed at how rapidly our bilateral relations are developing, and I have deep respect for Kazakhstan’s balanced position on regional and international issues. I also respect what you are personally doing to advance the country. We will be happy to share our ideas and developments in agriculture, green energy, and water resources management,” said Prime Minister Rutte.

The negotiations covered ways to strengthen cooperation in trade, economic, energy, and investment sectors, as well as in transport, innovation, nuclear energy, agriculture, healthcare, climate, and water resources management. Additionally, the leaders exchanged views on current international and regional issues, emphasizing the importance of continuing dialogue within the framework of EU interaction.



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