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January 16, 2014 in New York

Diplomatic relations established between the

Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

On January 16, 2014 in New York, Permanent Representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations H.E. Mr. Kairat Abdrakhmanov and H.E. Mr. Rodney Charles of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations signed a joint communique on establishing diplomatic relations between the two states.

During the signing ceremony, the sides exchanged views on the state and prospects of cooperation at the bilateral level and within the global organization. Heads of the respecting states underlined the similarity in the stages of development of the both countries, including the attainment of independence, democratic development, participation in regional integration processes, and tolerance present within the society.

The parties recognized the importance of expanding mutually beneficial contacts between the two states, especially in the field of energy, trade, access to regional markets, tourism, and education.

Interest was expressed in Kazakhstans contribution to the development of cooperation of the island nation with Central Asian countries, as well as the importance of export of Kazakhstans products and services to the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Important issues on the UN agenda that represent interest to both, Kazakhstan and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as problems of land-locked countries, small island states, sustainable development, environmental protection, among others, were discussed during the meeting.

Trinidad and Tobago is an island state located in the southern Caribbean Sea with a population of over 1,300,000 people. The country is a parliamentary republic, where the states political system is based on the British model of parliamentary democracy. The main economic sectors are mining and processing of oil and natural gas. Trinidad and Tobago is the sixth country in the world in terms of production of liquefied natural gas. It is also the largest natural reservoir of asphalt in the world. The country exports asphalt, sugar, coconuts, and citrus fruits. The state has developed heavy, metallurgical, and chemical industries.

Trinidad and Tobago has been the United Nations member state since 18 September 1962. The republic is also member state of the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Community, the World Trade Organization, and the Latin American Economic System which encompasses 26 countries in South America and the Caribbean.