Kazakhstan, Peru Hold First Round of Political Consultations

A Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Ashikbayev and their Peruvian counterparts led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nestor Popolisio expressed mutual interest in expanding and intensifying the political dialogue at the first round of Kazakh-Peruvian political consultations held Nov. 28 in Lima, Peru.

The sides agreed to give bilateral ties concrete and practical substance. Special attention was attached to strengthening the trade and economic partnership and developing cultural and humanitarian contacts.

“Peru is a promising market and it’s also a promising exporter of food and of minerals in which Kazakhstan may be interested. I came with a list of products, an initial technical vision which could be developed.”

“Peru is a promising market and it’s also a promising exporter of food and of minerals in which Kazakhstan may be interested. I came with a list of products, an initial technical vision which could be developed,” Ashikbayev said in an exclusive interview with the EFE Agency in Peru.

Apart from discussions of bilateral cooperation, Astana and Lima compared notes on international issues, including those on the agenda of the UN Security Council, where both countries will work as non-permanent members beginning Jan. 1.

“It doesn’t matter that we are in different hemispheres, the visions of Peru and Kazakhstan are similar: open to dialogue and to political solutions ahead of imposition,” Ashikbayev said after the meeting, noting that the parties share common approaches to solving key issues in international politics, readiness to expand cooperation in combating new challenges and threats, as well as interaction in maintaining international peace and security.

Ashikbayev handed over Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov’s personal invitation to Foreign Minister of Peru Ricardo Luna Mendoza to attend the UN Security Council Ministerial Debate on Central Asia and Afghanistan slated for Jan. 2018 as part of Kazakhstan’s month-long rotating presidency of the UN Security Council.

Following the talks, which resulted in the signing of the memorandum on the establishment of a mechanism for political consultations, Ashikbayev said Kazakhstan counts on close cooperation with Peru on all items of the agenda of the UN Security Council, as well as on general priorities within the council during the period of joint membership in the body.

As part of the visit, Ashikbayev also met with Director of the Agency for the Promotion of Export and Tourism of Peru PROMPERU, the Andean nation’s trade-promotion agency.

Prior to his stop in Lima, Ashikbayev took part Nov. 24 in the fourth Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Addressing the gathering, he noted Kazakhstan’s commitment to a responsible policy of developing natural resources and strengthening global energy security. He informed the participants about Kazakhstan’s international initiatives, including those aimed at achieving the goals of sustainable development and environmental protection, the three-month-long International Specialised Exhibition EXPO 2017 held in Astana this summer and the setting up of the International Center for Green Technologies on its premises.

While in Bolivia, the Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia Fernando Uanakuni and invited him to participate in the next year’s UN Security Council Ministerial Debate on Central Asia and Afghanistan. Both Kazakhstan and Bolivia currently occupy non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council.