ASTANA, 5 September 2018 – Ministerof Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Angola Manuel Domingos Augusto has made his first visit to Kazakhstan.
During talks with Kazakhstan'sMinister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov, the sides exchanged views on topical issues on the regional and international agenda. They also assessed the current state of affairs and identified the prospects of bilateral cooperation acrossvarious fields.
Kazakhstan attaches great importance to developing bilateral relations with Angola. Both nations have enjoyed friendly relations since Soviet times. Kazakh universities have trained a large number of students from Angola, who nowoccupy important positions in Angolan society. The meeting noted how experts from Kazakhstan playedan active rolein the creation of industrial facilities in Angola after it achievedindependence in 1975.
The Ministers exchanged views on effective cooperation during Kazakhstan's non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018. It helpedmeet the challenges of Africa according to the agenda of the principal body of the international organization and the upcoming presidency of Angola in the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.
In addition, it was agreed that the two countries have the necessary potential for the expansion of bilateral cooperation. This is in all areas, including in trade-economic and investment fields. Mr. Augusto alsospoke of the intention of high-profile representatives of Angola'sbusiness community to visit Kazakhstan. The Angolan side expressed special interest in the possibility of cooperation in the mining industry,as well as in railway construction, transport and logistics.
The Nurly Zhol infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the development of the railway inland services in Africa will open new opportunities for Kazakhstan's cooperation with the continent.