France and Kazakhstan
Political relations between France and Kazakhstan were initiated after independence. President Mitterrand went to Kazakhstan in September 1993. President Nazarbaev has made seven visits to our country (1992, 1994, twice in 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008) and will visit France before the end of 2010. Our relations with Kazakhstan have intensified markedly in the past decade.
In 2008, France, just like its European partners, increased its presence by establishing itself in the new capital, Astana, which now plays host to most of the country’s political and administrative decision-making centres. In 2010, the consulate in Almaty was turned into a Consulate General. The economic mission is represented in both cities.
President Nazarbaev made an official visit to France on 11 June 2008, during which a strategic partnership treaty, several intergovernmental agreements and trade agreements were signed.
On 6 October 2009, the French President made a State visit to Kazakhstan, during which the two presidents reaffirmed their desire to be strategic partners, in particular in political and economic sectors. On this occasion, they signed a joint statement and participated in the closing of the Franco-Kazakh Business Forum.
Intergovernmental agreements intended to expand cooperation in key sectors have been signed, in particular in the areas of space cooperation, defence and arms, the fight against crime, civil security, the fight against corruption, visas, and the innovation-based economic sector.
Updated on 01.09.10
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