Kazakhstan important partner for us - Head of the Japanese Government
20 April 2013 09:30

Kazakhstan important partner for us - Head of the Japanese Government

ASTANA. April 20. KAZINFORM Yesterday on the second day of Kairat Mami, the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, visit to Tokyo he met with Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister and Kenji Hirata, the President of the Parliament of the House of Councilors, the press service of the Kazakh Senate reports.

Shinzo Abe conveyed best wishes to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. The head of the Japanese Government stressed that Kazakhstan is an important partner for Japan and he intends to make every effort to strengthen bilateral relations. Sh.Abe also called for further promotion of inter-parliamentary relations as a significant component of successful cooperation.

In turn, K.Mami said that Kazakhstan considers Japan as an important partner in Asia and aims to develop a strategic partnership. The countries willing to promote inter-parliamentary dialogue, expand trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian ties.

According to K.Hirata, the President of the Parliament of the House of Councilors, Kazakh-Japanese relations are characterized with friendship and collaboration in various fields. In February of this year the parties have completed negotiation of the draft Agreement on liberalization, encouragement and protection of investments, and the document has now been prepared for the official signing. Speaker of the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament has expressed confidence that the adoption of this Agreement will further increase investment and humanitarian exchange between the two countries. Inter-parliamentary cooperation should contribute the above mentioned aims as well, said K.Hirata.

K.Mami supported the thesis related to the significant potential of the inter-parliamentary relations to strengthen all-round cooperation between Kazakhstan and Japan. According to him new impetus to collaboration can be made with visit of the leaders of the Parliament of Japan to Kazakhstan.

During the Tokyo visit the Kazakh parliamentarians also met with Tsunekio Tanaka, the President of the Association of Shinto temples in Japan. It is commonly known that T.Tanaka participated in the IV Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions held in Astana in May 2012 and was elected a member of the Council of Religious Leaders.

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