President attended unofficial summit of Heads of State in Kazakhstan

President of Armenia attended the unofficial summit of Heads of State
in Kazakhstan
20.12.2008 12:33

At the invitation of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev,
the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan visited Kazakhstan to
participate in the unofficial summit of the Heads of State of the
Collective Security Treaty Organization.

The summit, attended by the Presidents of Armenia, the Russian
Federation, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, was held at the
Shuchini-Borovi winter resort near Kokchetau town.

Prior to the opening of the unofficial summit, President Serzh Sargsyan
had a short meeting with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan
Nazarbaev. At the meeting the two sides hailed the current high level
of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction with the level of the
political dialogue. The Presidents of the two states underscored the
role of the Armenian-Kazakh Diaspora in strengthening the bilateral

Serzh Sargsyan and Nursultan Nazarbaev stressed the importance of
further developing the economic relations, noting that the envisaged
new railroads would promote and foster the growth of the trade

The unofficial summit of the Heads of state started shortly after the

The agenda of the summit comprised issues related to the cooperation in
the framework of the CSTO and the prospects of the organization, global
financial crisis, as well as issues related to the integration
processes in the CIS area.

The President of Armenia, Chairman of the CSTO Council of the Heads of
State, Serzh Sargsyan welcomed the idea to convene the unofficial
summit and noted that the agenda includes issues which were significant
for Armenia. The participants to the summit concurred that interaction
in this format provides a good opportunity to look at the agenda issues
from different points of view and to discuss a wide range of topics.

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