An official visit of the Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi to the Republic of North Macedonia took place, during which the prospects for bilateral cooperation and interaction in the framework of the forthcoming chairmanship of North Macedonia in the OSCE in 2023 were discussed. The Minister held meetings with President Stevo Pendarovski and Chairman of the Assembly (Parliament) Talat Jaferi, as well as negotiations with Foreign Minister Buyar Osmani, ortcom.kz reports.
Topical issues on the international agenda were discussed with the North Macedonian President. M. Tleuberdi informed in detail about the implementation of the large-scale program of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the political modernization of Kazakhstan.
During the conversation with the Chairman of the Assembly T. Jaferi, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan informed about the process of strengthening parliamentarism and multi-party system in Kazakhstan. The parties discussed in detail ways to expand inter-parliamentary ties and intensify the activities of parliamentary friendship groups. The importance of exchanging visits of legislators and their interaction within the framework of international parliamentary institutions was noted.
At the talks in a narrow and expanded format with Minister B. Osmani, the parties noted the dynamic and progressive development of the Kazakh-North Macedonian cooperation. The schedule of visits at the highest and high levels was discussed. The parties stressed the importance of launching the bilateral Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, the first meeting of which will be held on November 3, 2022 in Skopje. The co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Commission are the Ministers of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Kuantirov and the Minister of Economy of the RSM K. Bekteshi.
The parties considered joint actions to further develop trade and economic cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, healthcare, education, transport and logistics. Thus, bilateral trade for eight months of this year. grew almost 8 times. Agreements were reached on expanding the legal framework of bilateral relations, as well as business, cultural and educational exchanges.
An exchange of views took place on cooperation within the framework of the UN, the OSCE and other multilateral structures. M. Tleuberdi wished success to North Macedonia during the upcoming OSCE Chairmanship in 2023.
As a result of the negotiations, the heads of the foreign ministries of Kazakhstan and North Macedonia adopted a Joint Statement containing the main results of the parties’ agreements. The decision to open the Embassy of Kazakhstan in North Macedonia in 2023 has been announced, which will give an additional impetus to the strengthening of traditionally friendly relations between the two countries.
The results of the visit demonstrated that Astana and Skopje are reliable partners and can act as conductors of mutual interests at the regional and global levels.