Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ congratulatory message to the Republic of Kazakhstan upon the anniversary of its National Day:
“It is with great pleasure that the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveys this congratulatory message to the Republic of Kazakhstan upon the anniversary of its National Day on 16 December. It is an opportunity to highlight, yet again, the quality of the overall bilateral relations between Romania and Kazakhstan. This is complemented by a dynamic cooperation in various fields, with a focus on economy, energy and culture.
Our political relations and the high level of engagement have been defined in the 2003 Presidential Declaration on Partnership and Cooperation. This programmatic document has set the overall framework for developing and advancing our bilateral cooperation.
Throughout the past 23 years Romania and Kazakhstan have been steadily working towards strengthening their economic ties. Kazakhstan remains Romania’s most important trade partner in Central Asia.
We are sure that there are good prospects for advancing our bilateral cooperation, catalysts to this end being the new legal framework between Kazakhstan and the EU, shaped in the enhanced EU-Kazakhstan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, and the upcoming full-fledged Kazakhstan membership to the World Trade Organization.
These two major developments are expected to open new windows of opportunities and give momentum to building interconnectivities. Kazakhstan is emerging as a key actor on energy, infrastructure and freight transport. We can work together and build better connectivity between the Caspian and Black Sea regions. Certain building blocks are there. The 2007 Protocol of cooperation between the Black Sea port of Constanta and the Caspian port of Aktau is a good foundation to build upon as Constanta is a cross-point for both energy and freight transport routes. Romania can be the natural economic gate of Kazakhstan towards Europe.
The passing year left a solid calendar of contacts – consultations between Romanian and Kazakhstani at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in May, in Astana, followed at the end of the same month by the 11th session of Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Economic and Scientific Cooperation and by the visits to Kazakhstan of the Romanian Minister for Energy and the Minister for Romanians from abroad. The
parliamentary dimension of our political dialogue added more comprehensiveness to our cooperation.
Against such a firm and promising background, on behalf of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we convey to Kazakhstan and its people the best wishes of progress and wellbeing”.