Kazakh President, EU Envoy Discuss Strengthening Partnership

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said he held detailed discussions with EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Terhi Hakala at Akorda, the Presidential Palace on further strengthening strategic partnership with the European Union.

During the meeting, Tokayev reaffirmed Kazakhstan’s commitment for having close ties with the EU in different sectors. Both sides also talked in detail over the recent tragedy as a result of violent protests erupted across the Central Asia state in January.

Tokayev said that the Prosecutor General’s Office has been instructed to conduct a thorough and fair investigation to get a clear picture of what happened at that time. According to Tokayev, the prosecutors should respect human rights and freedoms as a priority for all branches of the government during the inquiry.

On January 2, people across Kazakhstan staged protests over an increase in fuel prices that later turned violent, where more than 225 people, including security forces were killed and over 4,500 others received injuries.

Tokayev also thanked President of the European Council, Charles Michel for the support expressed to Kazakhstan at a time when the country was going through complicatedness.

In her part, Hakala expressed Brussels’ willingness to further develop relations with Kazakhstan, and said the EU is fully supporting President Tokayev’s reform policy.    

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