U.S. Congress highlights Kazakh President’s role in ensuring stability and progress


U.S. Congress highlights Kazakh President's role in ensuring stability and progressSecretary of State-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kanat Saudabayev has held a number of meetings with the White House representatives and U.S. congressmen today, on the last day of his visit to Washington.

At the meeting with Gary Seymour, the White House Coordinator for control over armament, mass destruction weapons and terrorism, the parties discussed the prospects of Kazakhstan-U.S. cooperation in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

G. Seymour praised Astana’s efforts in nuclear non-proliferation and confirmed the U.S. Government’s support of Kazakhstan’s initiative to deploy the nuclear fuel bank in its territory under the IAEA aegis.

The parties expressed satisfaction with completion of the second large-scale project on transportation of the BN-350 reactor’s fuel for secure long-term storage. Successful implementation of the joint project proves fruitful and real cooperation of both states in this sphere.

At the meeting with Special Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs Michael McFaul the parties focused on the urgent issues of bilateral and regional cooperation as well as on strengthening the economic component of the Kazakh-American interaction. The parties touched upon also such important aspects as the situation in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.

Kanat Saudabayev had also meetings with U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, Chairperson and co-Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission Benjamin Cardin and U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings during which the American partners appreciated Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE including its major results – organization of the Summit and adoption of the Astana Declaration.

The parties stressed the importance of the problems discussed at the Summit, the necessity of further strengthening the Organization’s potential and importance of further close interaction with Kazakhstan within the OSCE Troika.

The U.S. Congress members highlighted the role of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in successful implementation of the policy of stability and progress, promotion of Kazakhstan’s international initiatives contributing to ensuring stability in Central Asia and the entire world.


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US tells Kazakhstan that referendum extending Nazarbayev rule would set back democracy

Jan 26. The Associated Press. WASHINGTON

The United States is telling Kazakhstan that a planned referendum that could extend the rule of President Nursultan Nazarbayev would be a setback for democracy.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Wednesday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conveyed the message in a meeting with the Kazakhstan’s foreign minister, Kanat Suadabeyev, Tuesday.

Nazarbayev has ruled the country since independence from the Soviet Union. He was due to face re-election in 2012. But parliament voted this month to allow the referendum on whether to scrap elections and allow Nazarbayev at least 10 more years in power.

Crowley said Clinton urged Kazakhstan to “renew its commitments to democracy, good governance and human rights.”


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K.Saudabayev and H.Clinton confirm mutual intention to strengthen strategic cooperation


Kazakh Secretary of State – Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev held talks with U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton on the second day of his visit to the USA, the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported.

The parties expressed satisfaction with the dynamic development of the bilateral relations and emphasized the importance of timely realization of the agreements achieved during the talks of Presidents N.Nazarbayev and B.Obama held within the Global Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

K.Saudabayev and H.Clinton confirmed strong interest of both states in further strengthening of the strategic partnership. The U.S. State Secretary expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan for the leadership in strengthening the global non-proliferation regime, regional security provision, especially for practical participation of Astana in the international efforts on social-economic rehabilitation of Afghanistan.

In the field of economic cooperation the interlocutors complimented the progress in the bilateral negotiations on Kazakhstan’s WTO accession.

Cooperation in science and technologies is one of the top-priority directions of cooperation due to opening of the Nazarbayev University in Astana. Practical issues of such cooperation will be addressed within the upcoming visits of the USA State Department’s officials to Kazakhstan.

Besides, H.Clinton highly appraised the efforts of the Kazakh Government on combating human trafficking and expressed readiness of the USA Administration to activate interaction in this sphere.

At the end of the meeting K.Saudabayev confirmed the invitation of the Kazakh President to Barack Obama to pay official visit to Kazakhstan. Besides, by the Decree of the Kazakh President the Kazakh Minister awarded H.Clinton “Dostyk” Order of the first degree for contribution to strengthening bilateral cooperation and friendship between the two states.

In light of the upcoming Kazakhstan’s OIC presidency K.Saudabayev met with U.S. President’s Special Envoy to the OIC Rashad Hussain. The interlocutors discussed the current state of “Islamic World – West” dialogue and prospects for sides’ interaction.

Later in the day the Kazakh Minister also met with President of the Eisenhower Group Inc Susan Eisenhower, heads of ConocoPhillips Company James Mulva and Heliburton Company David J. Lesar.