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Kazakhstan is a strategic ally of Azerbaijan

26 / 08 / 2022

On August 24, a meeting was held between the President of Kazakhstan Kasim-Jomart Tokayev and the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. As a result of the meeting, a number of agreements were signed between the governments of the two countries.

The leaders of the two countries signed a declaration on strengthening strategic relations and deepening allied cooperation. Also, the city Shushi temporarily occupied by Azerbaijan and the Kazakh city Turkestan were recognized as sister cities.

Among other agreements, agreements were signed on cooperation in cultural and economic spheres, interaction at the level of foreign ministries, as well as agreements related to digital, transport, trade, business and other spheres.

It is interesting to see such a close cooperation between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan in recent times. At the beginning of August, news spread that the Kazakh state oil company “KazMunayGaz” is conducting preliminary negotiations with the Azerbaijani state SOCAR company to get permission to sell about 1.5 million tons of oil per year through the Azerbaijani pipeline, through which it is delivered to the Turkish port of Ceyhan[1].However, Kazakh Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov denied this news.

In general, there is an interesting trend in Central Asia of closer cooperation with Turkey and Azerbaijan. Especially, such manifestations have become more prominent against the background of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Such a close cooperation between the Turkic states is a long-standing Turkish dream under the leadership of Turkey, thanks to which the gates of Central Asia should be opened in front of Pan-Turanism. Strategic-level cooperation between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan is part of that plan and should not be taken lightly.

[1]The gates of Central Asia are opening to Pan-Turanism,https://hayaliq.com/en/the-gates-of-central-asia-are-opening-to-pan-turanism/(referenced on 25.08.2022).

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