U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Kazakhstan on Feb. 2 to join Washington in pressing Beijing over its treatment of Muslim minorities, a sensitive matter for the Central Asian nation which has close ties with its neighbor China.
Speaking on a visit to the capital Nur-Sultan, Pompeo said he has raised the matter in talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi.
The 46 people which were injured in the plane crash near Almaty remain in hospital, said Kazakhstan's Health Minister E.A. Birtanov, quoted by the BGNES.
On Friday, a plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan, Euronews reported.
The aircraft was carrying 98 people onboard.
The government has approved a draft Air Transport Agreement between Bulgaria and Kazakhstan as a basis for negotiation, the government information service said.
There is no air transport agreement in force between Bulgaria and Kazakhstan, which does not allow the carriage of passengers and cargo on scheduled air services.
Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov met with Mongolia's Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Enkhtuvshin. They discussed the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries in Ulaanbaatar, where the Seventh Meeting of the Bulgarian-Mongolian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Trade and Scientific and Technical Cooperation is held.