Bilateral political consultations between the Slovak Republic and Kazakhstan

Bilateral political consultations between the Slovak Republic and Kazakhstan

14.5.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov |

Within bilateral political consultations on 14 May 2018, Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Ministry of the Slovak Republic, held talks with Roman Vasilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The current meeting follows up on the active dialogue between the two countries. 

The partners appreciated as positive the current state of bilateral relations and the positive trend of economic developments.  The format of the political consultations is “the place for forming new initiatives and opportunities," according to Parízek. In this regard, the Kazakh counterpart showed interest in the system for building development aid in the Slovak Republic and proposed closer cooperation in this area.  On top of the development assistance, they also agreed on furthering other aspects of economic and trade cooperation. They identified preferred areas that include energy, water management and creating suitable investment opportunities.  

As Parízek stated, “Slovakia positively perceives the dynamics in the regional integration of Central Asian countries, considering this to be an important factor in strengthening the resilience of individual states to current threats and external influences”. The Kazakh partner sees the V4 platform as one of the examples of effective regional dialogue. He also spoke about the outcomes of the recent V4+CA5 conference, which serves as a model of real and functional multilateral communication for the countries of the Central Asian region. 

The consultations agenda also included evaluation of the current state of the preparations for Slovakia’s chairmanship of the OSCE and its formulation of priorities. As Kazakhstan has experience with chairing the OSCE and also as a country presenting a platform for resolving international conflicts, it is ready to be helpful in forming and classifying current security threats, according to Vasilenko. 

The partners also discussed the existing open issues between the Slovak Republic and Kazakhstan and also delved into current developments in international relations.