UAE is looking forward to promoting co-operation with Kazakhstan, says Minister of State

ABU DHABI, The UAE is looking forward to promoting co-operation with Kazakhstan in several sectors, including trade and investment, energy, mining, infrastructure, transportation, logistics, agriculture and food security, as well as building on the two countries’ historical relations founded on mutual understanding and respect and a shared willingness to work together, said Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, today, as he co-chaired the sixth ministerial meeting of the UAE-Kazakhstan Higher Joint Committee, along with Kazakh Minister of Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek.

Non-oil trade between the UAE and Kazakhstan stood at US$185 million in 2015, said Minister Al Jaber, while stressing the importance of increasing exchanges and the role of the private sector in strengthening economic relations between the two countries.

The joint committee held its meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation in Abu Dhabi.

UAE investments in Kazakhstan reached US$2 billion between 2005 and the first quarter of 2016, with some 200 Emirati companies operating in the Central Asian country, he noted, and stressed the importance of Expo-2017 Astana and Expo 2020 Dubai as two major platforms for improving relations in energy, trade and FDI.

The UAE is interested in participating in Expo-2017 Astana, to reflect the unique relations between both countries, and is looking forward to a unique participation by Kazakhstan in Expo 2020 Dubai.

The UAE and Kazakhstan share outstanding historical relations that are founded on a spirit of mutual understanding and respect, and a common willingness to promote these relations, Minister Al Jaber noted.

Speaking about Syria, while welcoming full implementation of international law- specifically the unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid to affected populations, Al Jaber said the UAE supported the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2268 regarding the cessation of hostilities in the country and the delivery of aid to besieged areas.

The UAE backs this resolution because it provides hope for an immediate improvement in the living conditions of the Syrian people, Al Jaber stressed.

He also called for a resumption of Syrian peace talks, known as Geneva III, to stop the bloodshed and find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

He reiterated the UAE’s full support of international efforts, specifically the efforts being made by the UN special envoy for Syria.

Speaking about Yemen, Al Jaber stressed the importance of offering a full commitment to supporting the constitutional legitimacy, respect for Yemen’s sovereignty and independence, while rejecting interference in its internal affairs.

He also stressed the importance of finding a political solution that is based on agreed terms of reference, specifically the legitimate government, the Riyadh Declaration, the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference, resolutions about the Arab League, UN resolutions and Security Council Resolution 2216, in particular, along with the 2011 GCC Initiative.

He further reiterated the UAE’s support for the efforts of the UN special envoy for Yemen in finding a political settlement to the crisis.

Also, Minister Al Jaber noted the UAE’s complete rejection of Iran’s flagrant interference in the internal affairs of Arab states, endangering their security and stability by inciting unrest and strife among their peoples.

He renewed the UAE’s demands for Iran to immediately stop its interference and to preserve the principles of good-neighborliness, while showing respect for the sovereignty, independence, interests and the specificity of each state, as well as to stop using sectarianism as a means of interference in the internal affairs of Arab states through issuing threats, fuelling sectarian conflicts and creating militias to spread chaos and undermine security and stability in the region.

Further, Al Jaber renewed the call for Iran to respond positively to sincere requests for reaching a peaceful settlement to end Iranian occupation of the three Emirati islands – Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa – either by direct negotiations or through the International Court of Justice.

Meanwhile, Kazakh Minister of Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek said the joint committee’s meeting reflects his country’s determination to forge a strategic partnership that contributes, not only to deepening the already strong bilateral relations built on shared values and vision, but also to empower the two countries to contribute to peace, security and stability in the involved two regions, and beyond.

He described the meeting as historic and noted that it would contribute to bolstering co-operation and ties.

The UAE and Kazakhstan established diplomatic relations on 1st October 1992, and in October 2005 the UAE opened its embassy in Astana. Less than a year later, in September 2006, Kazakhstan opened its embassy in the UAE.

The Kazakh consulate in Dubai was opened in 1997.

Currently, UAE carriers Etihad Airways, flydubai and Air Arabia operate 15 weekly passenger flights and two weekly cargo flights between the UAE and Kazakhstan. The UAE is the only Arab country operating such flights to the Central Asian country.

During the joint committee’s meeting, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation received a group of students from the Applied Technology High School and the Secondary Technical School to introduce them to the Ministry’s role in enhancing the country’s diplomatic relations through activities and overseas missions.

Minister Al Jaber met with the students, and conveyed greetings from H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Source: Emirates News Agency