Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, today welcomed the 20th anniversary of Australia's diplomatic relationship with Kazakhstan.
"Australia has a warm and growing relationship with Kazakhstan," Senator Carr said.
"Australia and Kazakhstan are both large countries with strong energy and resource sectors.
"Australian companies are establishing a reputation as suppliers of choice for mining equipment, technology and services, so we can expect trade and investment links to grow further in years to come.
"We are working increasingly closely with Kazakhstan on the future of Afghanistan and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
"This past year has been a landmark one for bilateral relations, with an Australian parliamentary delegation visiting Kazakhstan for the first time in April and the inauguration of Senior Officials Talks to share our views.
"I hope that our diplomatic relations continue to grow over the next 20 years."
A special celebration marking the anniversary was held today at the Australian residence in Singapore. The Kazakh Ambassador to Australia resides in Singapore.
Kazakhstan is Australia's leading trading partner in Central Asia.
Two-way trade in goods and services between Australia and Kazakhstan has accelerated from a low base to reach $29 million in 2011.
Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia, the 9th largest country in the world, and has large reserves of coal, oil, gas, uranium and zinc.
Further information on Australia's relationship with Kazakhstan can be found at http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/kazakhstan/kazakhstan_brief.html.
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