Israel-Kazakhstan Joint Committee for the Enhancement of Cooperation

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
April 4, 2000

Foreign Minister David Levy met yesterday in Jerusalem with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. During their meeting, they decided, on Minister Levy’s suggestion, to establish a joint committee of the Foreign Ministries of both countries, which will examine and promote cooperation between the two countries in the spheres of agriculture, medicine and technology.

Minister Levy has instructed Foreign Ministry staff to set up meetings for the Kazakhstan ministers and staff accompanying President Nazarbayev with appropriate Israeli officials. An effort will be made to hold the initial meetings while they are still in Israel, within the framework of the current visit. Foreign Minister Levy thanked his guest for his actions on behalf of the thirteen Jews imprisoned in Iran, and for the positions of Kazakhstan on matters relating to Israel, as reflected in the various UN forums.

Prior to the meeting with the President, Foreign Minister David Levy and Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Abilfaizovich Idrissov signed an agreement for cooperation between the two countries in the area of customs.