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Address by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Amanatidis, at the event marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between Greece and Kazakhstan (Athens, 4 October 2017)
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Greece and Kazakhstan, I would like to express my heartfelt wishes for progress, prosperity and peace for Kazakhstan and its people. I also want to congratulate the Head and the personnel of the embassy, who are worthy representatives of our traditional friend, Kazakhstan.
Greece supports Kazakhstan’s efforts towards the promotion of international peace and its initiatives for nuclear disarmament and interfaith dialogue. We salute the mediating role your country is playing by hosting of the meetings of the ‘Astana process’, which contribute to the maintenance of the ceasefire in Syria. We believe that Kazakhstan’s international role will grow even further in strength via its participation in the UN Security Council, as a non-permanent member, in 2017-2018.
Kazakhstan is an important regional power. As a country where various ethnic and religious groups reside, it contributes to the consolidation of stability and security in Central Asia. Recognising the constructive role Kazakhstan plays in this region, and appreciating the friendship between our countries, we have set our working hard to further develop and expand our cooperation as a priority.
The strong ties between Greece and Kazakhstan derive from the long presence of some 10,000 Greeks in Kazakhstan and 80,000 citizens of Kazakhstan in Greece, with the Diaspora contributing, as a bridge of communication and understanding, to the enhancement of the relations between the two countries.
I am certain that Greece and Kazakhstan, on the basis of common principles and ideals, will continue to strengthen their bilateral relations in the direction of ever-closer cooperation, to the mutual benefit of the Greek and Kazakh peoples.