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30 January 2007
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbaev met with Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany.



The sides discussed a wide variety of issues of strengthening bilateral political, trade economic, cultural humanitarian collaboration during the meeting. The sides noted the closeness of their views on major issues of global and regional policies, ensuring global and regional security, European energy security and UN reformation. The President of Kazakhstan wished Germany to be successful in its Chairman post in the European Union and in the framework of G8.

- I arranged this visit with the President of Kazakhstan during the G8 summit in Saint-Petersburg last summer. Region of Central Asia is one of the main issues of Germany’s EU chairmanship. We are very interested in collaboration with this region, and particularly, with Kazakhstan. It is a very rich country, and Germany is interested in active support to the republic’s economic growth. We have got many interests in common, and we would like to be a locomotive of developing relations between the European Union and Kazakhstan. We have also discussed possibilities for further development of energy collaboration. There are many interesting projects in this area in Kazakhstan, which will help diversify the energy market in Europe. I am saying this as president of the EU, - A. Merkel said at press conference.

- Kazakhstani-German partnership is based on the reliable foundation of economic collaboration, active political dialogue, close views on major issues of global and regional policies. Kazakhstan supports Germany’s aspiration to become a full member of the UN Security Council. In our turn, we are grateful to German leaders for their support of Kazakhstan’s candidacy to chair OSCE in 2009. We have agreed to develop our interaction in the framework of international organizations. We are glad that in German political, business and social communities Kazakhstan is seen as a successfully developing democracy, as a free market attractive to global investors and having a great growth potential. We welcome German business to Kazakhstan and expect its deep involvement into this dynamically developing part of the world. On its turn, the Government of Kazakhstan will offer multifaceted support to German companies working in our republic. Today the rampant economic growth in the country requires high-calibrated specialists in the areas of high technologies, industry, construction, ecology, and communications; due to that we intend to deepen collaboration in the area of education and science. We have a common target: to develop and to increase our common achievements in order to boost the prosperity of our peoples. These values are the foundation stone of the partnership between Kazakhstan and Germany. Therefore people in Kazakhstan optimistically look at the future of bilateral relations, which are one of the priorities in our country’s foreign policy, - the President of Kazakhstan said at joint press availability.

Today Germany is the sixth largest trade partner for Kazakhstan in the world. Bilateral commodity turnover exceeded 2 billion US dollars in 2006. The FRG is the fifth largest investor in Kazakhstan’s economy. German investments were at 1.8 billion US dollars in the first half of 2006. Kazakhstan’s total investments abroad are equal to 18 billion dollars now, including 1.3 billion dollars invested in the German economy. Kazakhstan is the fifth largest oil exporter for Germany.

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