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Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko Visits Estonia to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko Visits Estonia to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Tallinn, May 18, 2024, The Europe Today: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko conducted a working visit to Tallinn, holding key meetings with Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Jonatan Vseviov and Chairman of the Estonia-Kazakhstan friendship group in the Riigikogu (Parliament) Vadim Belobrovtsev, according to the Kazakh Foreign Ministry.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, discussions focused on the prospects for enhancing Kazakh-Estonian political dialogue, trade, economic, and investment cooperation, and collaboration within international organizations. The talks also covered the organization of bilateral visits, development of inter-departmental ties, and promotion of business, cultural, and educational exchanges. Both parties exchanged views on pressing regional and international issues.

Roman Vassilenko highlighted the strategic partnership with the European Union, emphasizing the effective implementation of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU.

In his meeting with Estonian Deputy Vadim Belobrovtsev, Vassilenko briefed him on Kazakhstan’s political and economic reforms, including the new electoral system, measures to strengthen parliamentarianism, and the multi-party system. They discussed opportunities for advancing parliamentary diplomacy and involving parliamentarians further in bilateral cooperation. An agreement was reached to plan a visit by the Estonian friendship group delegation to Kazakhstan by the end of this year.

Additionally, Vassilenko participated in the Lennart Meri Conference, where he presented Kazakhstan’s approaches to addressing international and regional issues.

In 2023, mutual trade between Kazakhstan and Estonia reached 157.5 million USD, reflecting a 29% increase. As of January 1, 2024, there are 74 companies with Estonian capital operating in Kazakhstan.