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Europe – Asia Center

Europe – Asia Center: High-Level Dialogue with H.E. Baimukhan Margulan, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Belgium

Brussels, June 19th, 2024

On Tuesday, June 18th, the Europe-Asia Center, represented by Vice-Chair Violeta Bulc, former EU Commissioner for Transport, and Director for Europe Matic Gajsek, had the honor of visiting H.E. Baimukhan Margulan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium, and Head of the Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The meeting commenced with a warm welcome from the Ambassador Margulan, setting the stage for a fruitful discussion on current Europe-Kazakhstan relations. Both sides expressed their views on a range of critical issues and identified key areas for enhanced collaboration. Topics included the EU-Mongolia collaboration on critical rare earth materials, the green transition, and the environment.

Mme Bulc highlighted Kazakhstan’s advancements and its pivotal role in fostering sustainable development and green energy initiatives. She emphasized the importance of cooperation in achieving mutual goals and creating innovative solutions to global challenges.

Mr. Gajsek presented potential avenues for future collaboration, underscoring the Europe-Asia Center's commitment to working closely with Kazakh partners to strengthen bilateral ties.

Ambassador Margulan reciprocated by expressing strong support for greater cooperation and mutual understanding between Europe and Kazakhstan.

Following the discussion, the Ambassador invited the Europe-Asia Center delegation to visit the embassy’s authentic yurt. This unique experience evoked the vast, open landscapes of Central Asia and sparked the guests' interest in exploring the cultural richness of Kazakhstan.

Reflecting on the meeting, Mr. Gajsek remarked with enthusiasm, “I am truly grateful to Ambassador Margulan for his insightful perspectives and proactive stance on institutional cooperation. His warm hospitality and the immersive experience in the yurt left a lasting impression. We eagerly anticipate deepening our collaboration and forging stronger bonds with Kazakhstan.”

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Jonathan Schwestka, Project Coordinator, Europe – Asia Center


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