The bilateral relationships Greece-Kazakhstan based on friendship and mutual respect, he said Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, who today participated in the flag-raising ceremony at his embassy Kazakhstan for the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence.
He noted that this was confirmed during a recent meeting with the Kazakh Foreign Minister in Stockholm, adding: “It is clear that our relations can be further strengthened in many important areas. “The interest is mutual.”
“Today’s world has changed dramatically since the 1990s,” Dendias said. “Kazakhstan has overcome the obstacles of the first years of independence. “It has become a focal point for peace, stability and prosperity in Central Asia.”
According to the Foreign Minister, the official Greek-Kazakh relations began on September 27, 1992. The first Greek embassy opened in Almaty in 1997 and moved to Nur-Sultan in April 2009. Kazakhstan upgraded its diplomatic mission in Athens to 2009.
He said that the views of Greece-Kazakhstan on major international and regional issues are very similar. The two countries have developed good cooperation in the UN in the field of candidacies, while there is a long-term presence of 10,000 people of Greek origin in Kazakhstan, as well as 80,000 Kazakh citizens in Greece – many of them of Greek origin.
However, he noted that the volume of transactions is limited and consists mainly of oil and gas products while there is plenty of room for academic and cultural cooperation.
Mr. Dendias pointed out that the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Greece is very active. He even took the initiative to propose to the Municipality of Acharnes to create a road with the name of Kazakhstan, due to the presence of a large number of residents with Kazakh citizenship.
“Contacts are planned between the respective authorities and bodies. “Let us hope that we will soon have a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee”, noted Mr. Dendias. “2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of Greek-Kazakhstan relations. “There is a lot of work to be done in this regard – and I look forward to it.”