According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Lithuania is among 10 largest trade partners of the country in the EU and 20 largest trade partners in the world. As Kazinform correspondent reports, it was said on Tuesday during Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis’ official visit to Astana.
An important historic milestone – 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Lithuania – was marked by the visit. Minister Tileuberdi said that a trust-based dialogue at all levels instrumental in strengthening of constructive relations and mutually profitable cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats has been sustained all these years by the countries.
According to Minister Tileuberdi, the spirit and principles of the Treaty between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Lithuania on mutual understanding and cooperation signed on November 7, 1993 in Almaty are fully kept during the development of relations between Astana and Vilnius.
The fact that Lithuania was one of the first countries in 2016 to ratify the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement underpinning Kazakhstan’s cooperation with EU member states in 29 areas was pointed out by the Kazakh Foreign Minister.
He also highlighted that disruptions in traditional logistics chains trade turnover between the two countries didn’t prevent it from achieving a 2.1fold increase ($500.4 million in 9 months of 2022). It makes Lithuania one of 10 largest trade partners of Kazakhstan in the EU. There are about 170 Lithuanian companies working in Kazakhstan and dozens companies with the Kazakh capital operating in Lithuania.
Joint work of Kazakhstan and Lithuania can be seen in many spheres: professional pilots’ training, medical equipment manufacturing and many others.
There is a hope for an additional impulse to strengthening of friendship and partnership between Kazakhstan and Lithuania given by Gabrielius Landsbergis’ visit to Astana.