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Netanyahu, Nazarbaev Discuss Israel-Kazakhstan Ties In Astana


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu review a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony for the latter in Astana on December 14.

ASTANA -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has held talks with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Astana.

The two leaders discussed economic, medical, and trade cooperation, bilateral investments, and the fight against terrorism, Nazarbaev said after the talks on December 14.

Several documents related to visa-free travel, aviation communications, agricultural cooperation, anticorruption efforts, and other issues, were signed after the discussions.

Netanyahu and Nazarbaev are expected to take part in a Kazakh-Israeli business forum.

Netanyahu was on his first visit to Kazakhstan as Israel's prime minister, an office he has held since 2009 and also from 1996 to 1999.

He arrived in the Kazakh capital on December 13 from Baku, Azerbaijan, where he discussed bilateral ties with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

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