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25 September 2007
In the Framework of the Participation in the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev Meets a Number of Heads of State and International Organizations at the UN Headquarter

Prior to the plenary session, Kazakhstan’s leader met with newly elected President of France Nicolas Sarkozy. Kazakhstan’s President noted that France is an important EU partner to Kazakhstan and cooperation between the two countries is being successfully developed in different areas.

Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his interest in bringing bilateral relations to a level of strategic partnership. He also noted the necessity of deepening economic cooperation and increasing the volume of commodity turnover between the two countries by two times. France supports Kazakhstan’s application for OSCE chairmanship.

The Head of State and Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer discussed prospects of developing bilateral relations. The sides noted that current level of cooperation does not correspond in full to the existing potential and approved mutual interest of broadening trade economic ties. The Heads of State were pleased to note the opening of an air-link between Vienna and Almaty as the first step in strengthening cooperation.

Kazakhstan’s President also met with Javier Solana, the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the European Union. The main emphasis was made on issues of further strengthening cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union, interaction in the areas of energy and non-proliferation.

Javier Solana stated that he was going to visit Kazakhstan soon, and to discuss the whole range of issues of bilateral cooperation.

Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Bosnian Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic. Issues of forming a legal base for bilateral relations and investment collaboration were discussed during the meeting.

In the UN headquarter, the Kazakhstani leader met with Italy’s Prime Minister Romano Prodi who is going to arrive in Kazakhstan on a visit in the first decade of October. The discussion covered issues that will be on the agenda during the forthcoming visit. Having touched the situation in Kashagan, the sides noted that this issue is of business nature and should not be politicized.

Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed issues of cooperation in the area of energy with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus.

The Head of State met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. That was their first meeting after Ban Ki-moon’s election to the post.

During his conversation with the UN Secretary-General, Nursultan Nazarbayev put an emphasis on the Kazakhstani initiatives that had been mentioned at general debates of the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Ban Ki-mmon said that he very high appreciates and completely supports international initiatives of our country in the area of strengthening global security and initiating intercultural and inter-religious dialogue. He also said that he plans to visit Kazakhstan.

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