U.S., Kazakhstan secretaries of state to discuss partnership in Washington

January 24. RIA Novosti

U.S., Kazakhstan secretaries of state to discuss partnership in WashingtonKazakh Foreign Minister and Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev will visit the United States January 24-26, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Askar Abdrakhmanov said at a briefing on Monday.

“Talks are planned between the head of [Kazakhstan’s] Foreign Ministy and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, highly-ranking members of the White House, as well as a number of leading congressmen and leading individuals from expert analytical and business circles in the United States,” Abdrakhmanov said.

According to him, the status and prospects for the further development of strategic partnership between the two countries, which is based on agreements between Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and U.S. President Barack Obama, is to be discussed. The agreement was reached in Washington in April 2010.

In addition, Abdrakhmanov said that Saudabayev will visit the European Union headquarters in Brussels on January 27.

During the scheduled meeting with EU officials, including EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, discussions on the most important issues of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation are planned.