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Political relations

In political terms, Kazakh-French relations were initiated after independence (diplomatic relations established on January 25th, 1992). President Mitterrand visited Kazakhstan in September 1993. President Nazarbayev has visited our country nine times (1992, 1994, twice in 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011). Our relations with Kazakhstan have significantly intensified over the last decade.

In 2008, France, like its European partners, moved its embassy, previously based in Almaty, to the new capital, Astana, which now houses most of country’s political and administrative decision-making centers. In 2010, our presence was strengthened with the transformation of our embassy office in Almaty into a Consulate General. The Economic Mission and the Cultural Cooperation Service are represented in both cities.

President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy held an initial meeting with his Kazakh counterpart in September 2007, on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York. Prime Minister Francois Fillon visited Astana on February 8th, 2008 accompanied by Mr. Bussereau and Mr. Novelli. The Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Anne-Marie Idrac, traveled to Astana in spring 2008 and July 2010 to chair the Joint Economic Commission.

President Nazarbayev made an official visit to France on June 11th, 2008 during which a treaty of strategic partnership, several intergovernmental agreements, and trade agreements were signed.

On October 6th, 2009, the President of the Republic conducted a state visit to Kazakhstan during which the two Presidents reaffirmed their desire to be strategic partners, particularly in the political and economic fields. On this occasion, they signed a joint statement and attended the closing of the Franco-Kazakh Business Forum. Intergovernmental agreements aimed at expanding cooperation in priority areas were signed, including space cooperation, defense and weapons, combatting crime, public safety, combatting corruption, visas, and in the field of economy based on innovation.

The President of Kazakhstan visited France on October 27th and 28th, 2010. This visit provided for supporting the development and diversification of our commercial and industrial relations. On this occasion, the two heads of state signed a joint statement.

As part of this visit, President Nazarbayev attended the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, laying the foundations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This visit also marked the strengthening of cultural cooperation with the inauguration by the Culture Minister in both countries of an exhibition at the Guimet Museum allowing the French public to discover unique pieces of Kazakhstan’s archaeological heritage for the first time.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon visited Astana on December 1st, 2010 to attend the OSCE Summit. On this occasion, he met with President Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Massimov.

The latter made his first official visit to France on June 27th, 2011 at the invitation of Prime Minister Fillon. Both sides welcomed the resumption of trade in 2010 (+20%) while recognizing the need to further strengthen it. This visit provided the opportunity to sign several agreements and contracts in the field of civilian nuclear power, transportation, as well as industrial and cultural cooperation.

During the most recent visit by President Nazarbayev to Paris on September 19th, 2011, a new joint statement was issued by the two heads of state.

Updated on 03.12


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