During the meeting, Gulshara Abdykalikova thanked Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy S. Ravagnan for the fruitful work in Kazakhstan and wished further success.
The State Secretary stressed that during the diplomatic mission of S. Ravagnan the visit of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to Italy was organized to participate in EXPO 2015 in Milan.
Gulshara Abdykalikova noted that for 25 years Kazakhstan and Italy have established trusting relationships that reached the level of strategic partnership.
"We watched with great interest the parliamentary elections in Italy, following which the new composition of the Parliament and the Government will be formed", the Secretary of State said during her conversation with the Ambassador.
Gulshara Abdykalikova congratulated Italy on the current chairmanship in the OSCE and on successful non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council during 2017.
The Secretary of State expressed her gratitude to the leadership of Italy for participating in EXPO-2017, noting that the Italian pavilion presented the best developments in the field of "green technologies".
Also during the meeting, the sides discussed the current state of Kazakh-Italian relations and prospects for political, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.
Italy ranks third among all countries of the world that are trading partners of Kazakhstan. The trade turnover between two countries in 2017 amounted to 9.6 billion dollars. For the period from 2005 to 2017 the volume of direct Italian investments in the Kazakh economy amounted to 5.8 billion dollars. Today, 228 joint ventures with Italian participation operate in Kazakhstan.
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