MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN SHINZO ABE WITHIN THE NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMIT IN THE HAGUE
The Hague, March 24: During the meeting, the leaders of the two states discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral relations in the spheres of trade and economy, science and technologies, and investment.
Nursultan Nazarbayev and Shinzo Abe stressed a potential in further cooperation, particularly, between a numbers of companies of the two countries.
- I have visited Japan twice. We welcome your idea on strengthening cooperation with the states of Central Asia. Japan is one of the world’s largest economies and is our neighbour in Asia. Our relations started developing actively and in this regard, we are ready to cooperate in various areas. The key point of our cooperation is power industry, particularly, nuclear power. Kazakhstan, as one of the largest uranium producers, could supply it to Japanese nuclear power plants, - the head of the state said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev also noted functioning of a rare metals plant in the Akmola region. Besides, he stressed the technologic and innovative development opportunity between the two countries within the industrial and innovative programme of Kazakhstan.
In turn, Shinzo Abe expressed satisfaction with the bilateral meeting, held for the first time following last year’s G-20 Summit in Saint Petersburg.
- Your visit to Japan in 2008 initiated strengthening of economic relations, which have reached a strategic level. I would like to express my gratitude to Kazakhstan for providing considerable assistance in stabilising the situation in Afghanistan. We rely on your country to build a dialogue between Japan and the countries of the Central-Asian region, - Shinzo Abe said.