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1 October 2007
President Nursultan Nazarbayev Arrives in the Republic of Turkey on a Working Visit Kazakhstan’s President met with Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul in Ankara.

Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated Abdullah Gul on his election to the post of Turkey’s president.

The sides discussed current conditions and prospects of political, trade and economic, energy, investment, cultural and humanitarian cooperation and expressed mutual will to strengthen the friendly relations.

The Heads of state noted the necessity to deepen strategic partnership.

The level of the two countries’ economic development allows increasing the volume of trade economic interaction. The volume of commodity turnover between our countries reached a landmark of 906 million dollars in 2006, which was by 40% greater than in 2005.

As it was noted during the negotiations, Kazakhstan and Turkey have got all preconditions to intensify economic cooperation and to raise the commodity turnover up to 5 billion dollars by 2010.

It is planned that a Program for economic cooperation with Turkey in 2007-2008 and a Measure Plan on its implementation will be signed in the nearest future.

Kazakhstan attaches a special importance to the development of dialogue with Ankara in energy and transport-communication areas. Kazakhstan is interested in the construction of a refinery plant in the port of Ceyhan on the Black Sea.

Our countries are united with mutual understanding on major issues of foreign policy. Turkey supports Kazakhstan’s candidacy to chair OSCE in 2009. Kazakhstan has supported Turkey’s intention to become a not-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2009-2010.

The two states are interested in the new meaning and intensification of cultural humanitarian cooperation.

Nursultan Nazarbayev invited his Turkish counterpart to visit Kazakhstan at any convenience to him time in order to discuss in detail issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

The sides have confirmed the stability of the friendly relations between our countries based on the common brotherly roots of the two nations.

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