OSCE Chairman discusses upcoming Astana summit with first U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 2 / Trend A. Maratov /
State and prospects of bilateral cooperation, regional situation and preparations for the OSCE summit in Astana today was discussed by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Kanat Saudabayev and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.
A telephone conversation was held on the U.S. side's initiative, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.
Discussing the preparations for the OSCE summit, the sides stressed their mutual interest in its successful holding, which will largely be defined by the adoption of the final documents of the summit.
Important criteria for success will be attaching in these documents the commitment of all OSCE member countries to further expansion of the organization's role in strengthening international security and cooperation, the press release says.
OSCE summit will be held in early December in Astana, and will bring together the heads of states and governments of 56 member countries and 12 partner countries OSCE, as well as heads of 68 international organizations. The Organization's summit has not convened for 11 years. The last summit was held in Istanbul in 1999.
Saudabayev and Steinberg also stressed the progressive character of the strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States, to which presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev and Barack Obama's talks in Washington in April gave new impetus. The two sides stressed the progress in implementing all the agreements reached by the presidents in Washington.
Regarding the regional issues in connection with announcing official results of elections in Kyrgyzstan, the sides noted the importance of early formation of the parliament and government of this country, as well as large-scale deployment of OSCE police advisory group.
The sides confirmed the necessity of further coordination of the sides' efforts for Kyrgyzstan's access to stability and sustainable development.