St. Lucia expands its diplomatic relations

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St. Lucia expands its diplomatic relations

December 6, 2012- Saint Lucia has formalised diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Ambassadors Byrganym Aitimova of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Menissa Rambally of Saint Lucia signed the instruments establishing relations on December 5, 2012.

Ambassador Rambally informed her counterpart that Saint Lucia was honoured to be establishing diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan. She expressed the hope that despite the distance between the two countries and their different histories and cultures, Kazakhstan and Saint Lucia would strengthen the bonds of friends and cooperation in the future.

Ambassador Aitimova also saw the establishment of relations as a critical first step in the strengthening of ties between the two countries. She hailed the signing as a historic moment and expressed the gratitude of her nation for the formalisation of ties, and echoed Ambassador Rambally’s sentiments regarding future collaboration and cooperation.

The Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The ninth largest country in the world by land area, it is also the world’s largest landlocked country; its territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres (1,053,000 sq mi) is larger than Western Europe. Moreover, lying on both sides of the Ural River makes Kazakhstan one of the only two landlocked countries in the world lying on two continents.

Kazakhstan declared itself an independent country on December 16, 1991, the last Soviet republic to do so. Since independence, Kazakhstan has pursued a balanced foreign policy and worked to develop its economy, especially its hydrocarbon industry. Kazakhstan is ethnically and culturally diverse, with a population of 16.6 million, of 131 ethnicities, including Kazakh, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Uzbek, Tatar, and Uyghur.

In November 2012, with the support of the Government of Saint Lucia, the Republic of Kazakhstan won their bid ( 103 votes to 44 over Belgium) to host EXPO 2017, an International Exposition or “World Trade Fair” which runs for three months with participants from over 100 countries.

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