Kazakhstan and EU Discuss Strengthening of Trade and Economic Relations
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vice-President of the European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton discussed strengthening of trade and economic relations in Astana on Friday, the Kazakh presidential press-service reported today.

"During the meeting the parties discussed the prospects of further development and strengthening of trade and economic relations between Kazakhstan and the EU within the extended agreement on partnership and cooperation," the press-service said.

The parties also discussed relevant international issues, global and regional security issues, including the situation in Afghanistan.
Within the meeting Ashton noted that the EU supports Kazakhstan in the negotiations to join the WTO, and the Kazakh President's initiatives on regional integration.

The European Union is Kazakhstan's main trade and investment partner during six years. The EU countries invested $70 billion in Kazakhstan's economy in 1993-2012.
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