Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived in Kazakhstan on Sunday on an official visit to support the presence of Spanish companies in industrial sectors such as infrastructure and telecommunications in the Central Asian country.

The Spanish air force plane carrying Rajoy and the rest of his delegation landed at the airport in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, just after 9:30 p.m.

The official agenda for the visit will begin on Monday when, among his other activities, Rajoy will meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Serik Ajmetov.

Rajoy will emphasize in both meetings the positive evolution of the Spanish economy over the past year and will defend the presence of Spanish companies in some of the big infrastructure projects Kazakhstan has scheduled in the run-up to hosting the 2017 Universal Exposition.

Among those projects is a high-speed railway line between Astana and country's second-most-important city, Alma-Ata.

Kazakhstan is already one of Spain's most important partners in Central Asia, is one of the largest producers of natural gas and petroleum and is the largest producer of uranium in the world.

The Central Asian nation is not unknown to Spanish firms and financial entities, given that several have been operating there for years, including Talgo, Indra, Repsol and BBVA.

Rajoy will also attend a conference on Monday on the economic environment and will inaugurate an exposition of Spanish painting.

After his visit to Kazakhstan, Rajoy on Tuesday will continue his Asian tour with an official visit to Japan. EFE