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    Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said on Thursday he looked forward to establishing closer relations between his country and the European Union.

    BISHKEK (Sputnik) On Wednesday evening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Kyrgyzstan in an official visit for bilateral cooperation talks, where she will stay until later in the day.

    "Increased cooperation of Kyrgyzstan with the European Union is much needed. I very much hope that an agreement, at least similar to the one the European Union has signed with Kazakhstan, would be signed with Kyrgyzstan as well," the president said after the bilateral meeting with Merkel.

    The partnership deal between Kazakhstan and European Union was signed on December 21, 2015.The agreement covers 29 spheres of cooperation, including issues of international and regional security, trade, investment and infrastructure development, as well as innovation, education, sport and tourism.

    Merkel in turn said Germany was ready to fully support Kyrgyzstan on its way to closer cooperation with the European Union.

    Earlier in the day, Merkel said that the meeting with Atambayev was aimed at discuss the means by which Germany could provide support to Kyrgyzstan in order to ensure its bright future, adding that Germany understands that Kyrgyzstan is facing some difficulties amid following the democratic path of development it had chosen.

    Merkel is set to meet with Kyrgyz lawmakers, including parliament's spokesman later in the day.


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