Kazakh FM visits Turkey

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov has signed two deals with Turkish officials to further improve diplomatic relations and strengthen cultural ties between the two countries as he praised Turkey’s constructive role in the Arab Spring and expressed a desire for further cooperation between Kazakhstan and Turkey, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties since Turkey recognized Kazakh independence in 1991.

Kazakhstan’s foreign minister on Wednesday signed two deals with Turkish officials, the first of which being a mutual cooperation agreement between the foreign ministries of the two countries for 2012-2013 and the second one outlining a study program for young diplomats to receive training in Astana and İstanbul.

Kazykhanov indicated the increased importance of Kazakhstan in the international arena, at a press conference held after the signing of the agreements, as he invited Turkey to attend the Summit of Turkic Speaking States to be held in Astana, the country’s capital city, later this year.

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