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After the official welcoming ceremony, the heads of state held talks in narrow and expanded formats.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev thanked Vladimir Putin for congratulations and good wishes on taking the office of President of Kazakhstan and noted the symbolism of his first foreign visit to the Russian Federation.
The head of state stressed that today's relationship between Kazakhstan and Russia is a model and serves as a vivid example of relations for many.
“As the Head of Kazakhstan, I intend to ensure the continuity of the policy of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev, and also to continue the work on the comprehensive and active development of Kazakh-Russian cooperation," said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
The President of Kazakhstan dwelt separately on economic partnership between the two countries, especially in the fields of energy, transport, transit, manufacturing and space.
“Russia remains Kazakhstan's number one partner in foreign trade, its share in the commodity turnover of the Republic of Kazakhstan is 19 percent. Investment cooperation is progressively developing. More than 9,000 enterprises with the participation of Russian successfully operate in Kazakhstan," the Head of State emphasised.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also stressed the symbolism of the first visit of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to Russia as Head of State and noted the high level of Kazak-Russian ties.
“You are aware of the level of our relations and you have personally made a big contribution to this. In many ways, this, of course, is the merit of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Of course, we are not just partners, we are the closest allies both through international organisations and bilaterally. Our relations are developing very effectively, we are achieving serious and noticeable results that affect the standard of living of our peoples. I am sure that your visit today will strengthen our multifaceted bilateral allied relations," said Vladimir Putin.
During the meeting, the heads of state also discussed interstate cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian spheres and exchanged views on regional and international issues.