Parliamentary leaders agree to boost Korea-Kazakhstan cooperation

By Yonhap
  • Published : Mar 13, 2018 - 16:16
  • Updated : Mar 13, 2018 - 16:16
The parliamentary leaders of South Korea and Kazakhstan on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on strengthening bilateral cooperation in politics, trade, science, culture and other areas, Seoul officials said.

The signing came during a meeting between South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun and his Kazakhstani counterpart Nurlan Zairullayevich Nigmatulin in the Central Asian country's capital of Astana. Chung arrived here earlier this week as part of a nine-day trip that also took him to India.

The MOU calls for enhanced cooperation between the two countries' legislatures and information exchange on legislative activities and parliamentary procedures. The two also agreed to send their parliamentary delegation to each other's country.

National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun (2nd from L) visits a theater in Kazakhstan during his visit to the Central Asian country on March 11, 2018, in this photo provided by his office. (Yonhap)

During their talks, Chung voiced hopes that Kazakhstan can achieve its goal of becoming one of the world's top 30 advanced countries by 2050.

"With its stable national leadership, development, rich resources and education, Kazakhstan can surely attain the goal," Chung said. "South Korea wants to work together as a crucial partner in the process of achieving that goal."

Nigmatulin described South Korea as one of the most crucial strategic partners in East Asia, while noting that, should South Korean President Moon Jae-in pay a visit to the country, it would greatly help develop the overall bilateral relationship.

The two legislative chiefs also touched on the long-standing nuclear standoff with North Korea.

"We are pursuing the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons not only on the Korean Peninsula but also across the entire world," Nigmatulin said. "We have this position that the nuclear issue can be settled only through negotiations."

Chung then expressed his appreciation for Kazakhstan's advocacy for denuclearization.(Yonhap)