Chairman of the Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with a delegation of the British All-Party Parliamentary Group for Kazakhstan. This group, led by the Member of Parliament Gisela Stuart, consists of members of both Houses of the UK Parliament representing different political parties and independent MPs.
Mr Tokayev spoke in support of the Group which promotes ongoing cooperation between the two countries. The Chairman briefed the guests about the implementation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s institutional reforms, as well as the Senate's role in the political system of the country. The Speaker pointed out that the reforms were aimed at developing a professional and autonomous state apparatus, strengthening rule of law, promoting industrialization and economic growth, solidifying the unity of the nation and developing a transparent and accountable government.
Speaking about the priorities for future bilateral cooperation, Mr Tokayev stressed the importance of implementing the agreements reached during the official visit of the President of Kazakhstan to the UK in November last year.
The Chair also expressed his opinion about the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
"For us, the EU is the largest trade and economic partner, whereas the United Kingdom is one of the key investors in Kazakhstan's economy. We are interested in London and Brussels coming to a mutually acceptable solution as soon as possible and to develop the most favorable terms for trade and economic cooperation ", the Speaker said.
British MPs spoke positively about the current development of Kazakhstan, President Nazarbayev’s reform program and the priorities of the Kazakh foreign policy and stressed the importance of the continuation of the Kazakh-British parliamentary dialogue.