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Kazakhstan

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Viscount Waverley Viscount Waverley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the expectations and outcomes of the recent visit by the Prime Minister to Kazakhstan.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

I refer the noble Lord to the Statement of 2 July, given by the Prime Minister, my right Hon. Friend Mr Cameron, and repeated by my noble Friend, the right Hon. the Lord Hill of Oareford, Official Report, column 1080, which included details of the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Kazakhstan.

The overall aim of this first ever visit by a serving British Prime Minister to Kazakhstan was to secure a step-change in our bilateral relationship and make the UK a partner of choice for the Kazakhs. The Prime Minister held wide ranging talks on global, regional and bilateral issues, and witnessed the signature of business deals totalling more than £700 million. He signed a Strategic Partnership, covering a range of issues from education and cultural links to human rights and co-operation on judicial reform which will help guide the relationship in the future.

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