Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State – Foreign Minister to visit Washington D.C.

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On January 24-26, 2011, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State – Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev will arrive in Washington, DC, to meet with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other high-ranking US officials. He is also scheduled to meet with a host of US congressmen.

On top of the agenda are bilateral issues such as political stability, energy, trade and investments, economic prosperity and universal values. The two countries share strategic interests in such important fields as non-proliferation, food security, regional stability and integration in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan-US partnership has been dynamically evolving since its inception 20 years ago. Last April, President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended the Nuclear Security Summit and had productive talks with President Barack Obama. The Joint Statement on Strategic Partnership issued following the meeting of the two leaders calls for further intensification of bilateral cooperation. In this respect, Annual Bilateral Consultations between Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry and US Department of State enables the sides to have structured dialogues on a vast range of bilateral and global issues. During the course of 2010, the US has fully supported Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE, which culminated in the Organization’s Summit last December in Astana.
The visit by Mr. Saudabayev, former Ambassador to US from 2000 to 2007, highlights the importance Kazakhstan attaches to its relationship with US, as it comes in symbolic time for partnership between the two nations. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, 20th anniversary of closing down of Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and 20th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan.

For more information please contact Embassy’s Press Secretary Mr. Zhanbolat Ussenov at zhan@kazakhembus.com or 202-232-5488, ext 118.

News Bulletin of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Contact person: Zhanbolat Ussenov
Tel.: 202-232-5488 ext 118; Fax: 202-232-5845
Web-site: www.kazakhembus.com