The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Murat Nurtleu, held a meeting with James Cleverly, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain to exchange their perspectives on crucial international issues and explore opportunities to strengthen bilateral cooperation between their respective countries, media reports.
At the bilateral meeting on September 19, during the UN General Assembly in New York, Murat Nurtleu emphasized the potential for mutual trade expansion, emphasizing that trade volume reached $1.8bn in 2022. James Cleverly affirmed his dedication to reinforcing the partnership with Astana and his eagerness to enhance contacts at all levels.
The United Kingdom is a significant trade and economic partner for Kazakhstan, with British investments totaling over $16bn. Currently, approximately 550 companies with British capital are operating in the Kazakh market.
The UK Foreign Secretary conveyed enthusiasm regarding the forthcoming high-level meetings with Kazakhstan. These include the yearly Ministerial Strategic Dialogue and Ministerial Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Investment. The main topics of discussion will be the strengthening of cooperation in higher education, the development of the Middle Corridor transport route, etc.
Besides, the two Ministers discussed the potential for UK proficiency and practical support in Kazakhstan's trade and services industry. They also reached an agreement to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Earlier, Daryo reported that in April 2023, Murat Nurtleu became the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan after being appointed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Nurtleu, a native of Almaty, had previously served as a referent and attaché for the State Protocol Department within Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry. This appointment also marked his departure from his previous position as Head of the Presidential Administration.