The Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Romania, H.E Nurbakh Rustemov, hosted on Tuesday, December 10 the official Reception organized on the occasion of the 28th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The event was attended by politicians, representatives of business and academic circles, diplomatic corps and international organizations accredited in Romania, journalists, as well as Kazakh citizens and students living in Romania.
The Ambassador noted in his speech the special contribution brought by the First President-Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev in the formation, strengthening and development of independent Kazakhstan, a country that has become a reliable state in the world.
The Kazakh diplomat told the guests in detail about the vision and initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev regarding the process of deep political transformation of the country. At the same time, the Ambassador paid special attention to the first State of the Nation Address of the President, which clearly indicates that without reforms in the socio-political sphere, political liberalization and dialogue with civil society, effective economic reforms are impossible.
“The President of Kazakhstan has entrusted me with an honorable and at the same time responsible mission-to work on the development of cooperation with Romania, to promote the expansion of economic, cultural and humanitarian ties,” Mr. Rustemov emphasized in his welcoming speech, which was partially held in the Kazakh and Romanian languages.
At the same time, the Ambassador noted that this year marks 27 anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations and took the opportunity to tell the guests that his country gives priority to the development of relations with Romania. “The absence of problems in the political sphere created prerequisites for the expansion of bilateral trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties,” said the Kazakh diplomat. He added that close friendship with the European Union is vital to Kazakhstan, mentioning the adoption of a new EU Strategy for Central Asia during Romania’s presidency of the EU Council this year, an important initiative that sets priorities for mutually beneficial cooperation in future.
“Kazakhstan and Romania have a fairly high level of trade. Romania is our main trading partner in South-Eastern Europe. For the first 9 months of 2019, trade turnover between our countries amounted to 1,337 billion U.S. dollars,” the Kazakh Ambassador told the audience.
In turn, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania Dan Necolaescu, noted that Kazakhstan is a key partner of Romania in Central Asia. Congratulating the Ambassador on the occasion of the Independence Day and for his wonderful Romanian language, despite the short time elapsed since Mr. Rustemov’s arrival in Bucharest, the Romanian official stressed that both sides need to take confident steps to deepen further bilateral ties in many areas.
The event also included a concert of famous cultural figures of Kazakhstan – Tolegen Mukhamedzanov, Nurzhamal Usenbayeva, Nurzhan Bazhekenov, as well as of famous Romanian tenor Calin Bratescu, who performed a joint and solo program. A special composition by composer Tolegen Mukhamedzanov dedicated to Bucharest was performed during this special artistic moment.
The guests at the Reception were invited by the Ambassador to contemplate the creativity of the Kazakh young artist – Alua Tebenova and to taste a rich assortment of Kazakh national dishes.
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