On a visit to Kazakhstan on Thursday, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu met Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintaev and paid homage to Romanians who were killed in Stalinist labour camps.
Melescanu on Thursday and Friday paid a visit to Kazakhstan to participate in Romania’s Day at the “Expo 2017 Astana. Future Energy” international exhibition and to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs in a press statement. This is the first bilateral visit of a Romanian foreign minister to this country in about nine years.
On the first day of the visit, Melescanu was welcomed by Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintaev, with both officials voicing interest in developing the overall bilateral relations, political dialogue, economic ties, academic, cultural, educational and interpersonal exchanges, as well as collaboration inside international organisations, with emphasis on the UN system.
Particular attention was paid to concrete projects of bilateral and regional importance, mainly in the international freight transport area, the statement says.
The Kazakh side thanked for Romania’s having ratified the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Furthermore, Melescanu had talks with Republic of Kazakhstan Senate Vice President Sergey Gromov, focused on better capitalisation on the opportunities provided by Romania’s and Kazakhstan’s parliaments, at the level of friendship groups and parliamentarian leadership.
Later on Thursday, Melescanu, together with the Romanian retinue accompanying him to Kazakhstan, went to the Karaganda Region, where he had meetings with leaders of the local Romanian community and with the Region’s Governor, Yerlan Koshanov. Melescanu laid a wreath at the Monument of Romanians killed in Stalinist labour camps (the Monument of Spassk), and visited the State Technical University of Karaganda.
Karaganda City boasts a unique project in Central Asia, namely the Romanian Language Department at the Academician E.A. Buketov State University, which promotes Romanian language, culture and values.