In a joint communiqué issued this evening, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Kazakhstan highlighted the constructive relations that exist between them, noted that these are based on principles of fraternal cooperation and mutual respect, and agreed to boost bilateral commercial exchange, stressing the importance of implementing the Saudi-Kazakhstani Joint Commission for the development of economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation.
The two countries agreed to increase investments and joint projects as well as to enhance cooperation in the field of standards and specifications, and expressed the desire for conclusion of an agreement for reciprocal encouragement and protection of investment.
The Kazakhstani side expressed appreciation for the financial assistance extended to it by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for construction of a new venue for the Parliament in Astana, for the donation of U.S. $5 million to build a hospital, and for the agreement signed with the Saudi Development Fund for a loan for rehabilitation of the Karaganda-Astana road.
In the petroleum sector, the two sides agreed to coordinate at the international level to contain pollution and maintain balance in the global oil market as well as exchanging expertise and data. The two sides also reiterated the desire to develop cooperation and information exchange in the field of civil aviation. In the security sector, they reiterated their concern to enhance cooperation in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, and in the areas of judicial, religious and cultural affairs.
The two sides deplored Israel's aggression against the Palestinian people, saying such practices run counter to the principles of human rights as well as the United Nations resolutions. They made it clear that the Middle East region will never enjoy security and stability without realization of a comprehensive, just and durable peace in line with the UN resolutions, the Madrid conference, and the principle of land for peace, as well as restoration of the legitimate Palestinian rights including the right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and restoration of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to the borders of June 4, 1967. They stressed the sensitivity of the issue of Jerusalem and called Israel to refrain from taking any procedures that might lead to changing the characteristics of the Holy City. They urged Muslim countries to exert efforts to prevent Israel from aggression against the Palestinian people and the Islamic Holy Sites. They highlighted the outcome of the extraordinary Arab Summit in Cairo on October 21-22, 2000, and underscored the importance of the support of the Muslim countries to the Palestinian people at all levels and in all forums. They also called for the Middle East to be made a region free from all forms of weapons of mass destruction.
On the situation in Afghanistan, they voiced support for the restoration to the country of a permanent peace and underlined the importance of preserving its independence, sovereignty and regional unity. They called for activation of efforts by the United Nations and by the Organization of the Islamic Conference in this respect.
The two sides hoped that the recommendations adopted by the UN Summit on September 8, 2000, and the recommendations expected to be adopted by the upcoming Islamic Summit would positively contribute to the solution of the problems that face the international community.