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Today, in the Toompea Castle, the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma met with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev currently on his official visit to Estonia. The central topic of the meeting was the cooperation between the two countries in the spheres of transit and science. Crucial issues under discussion included the development of transit commerce and the relations with the European Union. In Ergma’s view, in addition to benefitting from the harbours Kazakhstan could also make use of the possibilities offered by Tallinn Airport. The President of Kazakhstan, in his turn, suggested Kazakhstan as a transit country for the European Union Member States in their relations with China. 

Ergma introduced to the visitor the opportunities our universities currently offer to foreign students and pointed out the fact that University of Tartu enjoys a long-standing cooperation relationship with Kazakhstan. Ergma emphasised the necessity of a more intense cooperation in the field of information and space technology. Ergma considers the latter to be one of the economy branches currently demonstrating the most dynamic development and offering extensive opportunities. President Nazarbayev, amongst other things, expressed interest in the possible participation of Kazakhstan scientists in joint scientific projects.
Nazarbayev proposed to lay the foundation for an intense cooperation between the parliaments of Kazakhstan and Estonia and invited the President of Riigikogu to visit Kazakhstan.
Both sides confirmed mutual support in international organisations and expressed satisfaction over good relations between the two countries.
The Chairman of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, the Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee Urmas Klaas and the Chairman of the Estonian-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Group Aadu Must equally participated in the meeting.
Photos of the meeting are available at the following address: https://fotoalbum.riigikogu.ee/v/2011/eneergma/Kasahstan/
The Riigikogu Press Service