NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Kazakhstan on an official visit on 9 October where he met his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tleuberdi, discussing trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation, including energy, transport, space, educational and scientific fields.

“We paid special attention to the tasks of foreign policy support of the Eurasian integration processes,” Lavrov said. “It is important to help fully unlock the potential of the EAEU to increase the competitiveness of the economies of the participating countries and increase the welfare of our citizens,” he added.

Tleuberdi emphasised that cooperation with Russia was and is one of the main priorities of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.

The 16th Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia will be held on 6-7 November in Omsk.

The interregional forum takes place in border cities in turn in each of the countries. Last year, heads of state met in Kazakhstan’s Petropavlovsk.

Lavrov also said that on 10 October he will hold talks with the foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on the sidelines of a meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers to be held in Ashgabat.