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Kazakhstan|foreign policy|April 22, 2019 / 02:43 PM
Kazakhstan, South Korea sign 20 agreements

AKIPRESS.COM - Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined for their first ever summit to discuss bilateral relationship in Nur-Sultan on April 22.

Kazakhstan is stepping up its efforts to become one of the world's 30 advanced nations by 2050 under its national development strategy, Kazakhstan-2050. South Korea too is pushing for its New Northern Policy with an aim of ensuring peace and joint development of Eurasia, Moon told a joint press conference with Tokayev after their summit.

The leaders called for special efforts to jointly prepare the countries for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that will include joint development of new advanced industrial sectors including ICT, 5G and Internet of Things.

The two agreed to further expand people-to-people exchanges between their countries, partly by designating 2022 as the year of cultural exchange that will also mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the countries.

Moon also sought Kazakhstan's support for his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Tokayev said his country actively supports the peace process and will continue to help in any way possible.

The two leaders welcomed a new agreement, signed by the countries' commerce ministries shortly after their summit, that calls for "Fresh Wind" or fresh cooperation between the countries aimed at expanding cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including customs, infrastructure, health and medical care, tourism and small and medium-sized businesses.

The agreement on fresh cooperation was one of about 20 new agreements, including an extradition treaty, signed on the sidelines of the summit.

Trade between the two countries reached $2.2 billion last year, growing 220 times since 1992, and that the number of visitors between the countries reached a record high of 90,000, Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

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