Japan and Kazakhstan agree on arms export control and oil exploration

Dec 06, 1999 01:00 AM

President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan has reached an agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to tighten controls on arms exports. Nazarbayev made the commitment in a joint statement with Obuchi, under which the two leaders also pledged "mutual co-operation" in oil exploration in Kazakhstan as part of efforts to beef up bilateral relations.
The Kazakh side "expressed its intention to toughen further the export control over arms and sensitive dual-use goods and technologies," the statement said. Obuchi and Nazarbayev said they agreed to develop a "strategic partnership" between the two countries by stepping up economic co-operation.
The statement said the two leaders "emphasised the importance of mutual co-operation in the exploration of oil and other resources" in Kazakhstan. "Rich oil and other resources in the Republic of Kazakhstan are having an expanding influence on the world market and are expected to contribute to the prosperity of the region," the statement said. Obuchi agreed to continue economic assistance, and reaffirmed Japan's commitments to promoting the study of Astana development projects, the statement said.

Source: BBC via Iinoil
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