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PRESS RELEASE

01-06-2006

Minister Oskanian Visits Kazakhstan

Minister Oskanian is in the Republic of Kazakhstan on a two-day official
visit.

On June 1, Minister Oskanian met with Kazakhstanıs Foreign Minister,
Kasymzhomart Tokayev in Astana. During the meeting, the two discussed a
number of issues of bilateral and international importance. They both
expressed their satisfaction with the level of political relations between
the two countries, and expressed interest in deepening economic cooperation.
In this regard, the Armenian-Kazakh Intergovernmental Commission for
Economic Cooperation, as well as the existence of legal documentation and
absence of political disagreement between the two countries contribute
greatly to this cooperation, they said.

For activating trade and economic relations, Minister Oskanian attached
importance to organizing meetings between businessmen and hosting cultural
events in Armenia and Kazakhstan.

Further, the colleagues stressed the importance of mutually beneficial
economic cooperation in the framework of CIS, CSTO and Eurasian economic
cooperation organization, as well as international organizations.

They focused especially on energy and transport issues. In this regard,
Minister Tokayev presented Kazakhstanıs position on his countryıs
involvement in a number of regional programs, specifically in Caspian
projects.

Taking into account the fact that Kazakhstan is aspiring to take over the
chairmanship of the OSCE in 2009, the Armenian Minister detailed for his
counterpart the latest developments of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict
settlement process.

Toward the end of the meeting, Minister Oskanian invited Minister Tokayev to
pay an official visit to Armenia.

The same day, the Armenian Minister met with Nursultan Nazarbayev, President
of the Republic, and addressed students of the Diplomacy Institute.

On June 2, in Almaty, the Minister will meet with representatives of the
Armenian community of Kazakhstan, after which he will return to Armenia.