Kazakh and U.S officials agree to strengthen strategic partnership
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 26 / Trend A. Maratov /
On the second day of his visit to Washington, Kazakh Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, discussing a wide range of urgent issues of bilateral cooperation, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.
Expressing satisfaction with the dynamic nature of the development of bilateral cooperation, the foreign ministers of both countries stressed the importance of timely implementation of the agreements between Presidents Nazarbayev and president Obama, reached during their talks within the Global Summit on Nuclear Safety in Washington in April 2010.
Saudabayev and Clinton reaffirmed the strong interest of both countries to further strengthen and intensify the strategic partnership.
"During an extensive exchange of views on a wide range of urgent issues of bilateral cooperation Clinton expressed appreciation for Kazakhstan's leadership in strengthening the global non-proliferation regime, regional security, especially in the active participation of Astana in the world community's efforts on the socio-economic rehabilitation of Afghanistan," a message said.
Regarding the field of economic cooperation, Clinton Saudabayev noted that significant progress in promoting bilateral negotiations on Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO.
The sides called science and technology as the promising areas of cooperation. The practical issues such interaction will be discussed during the forthcoming visit of senior officials of the U.S. State Department in Kazakhstan.
Clinton praised the efforts of the Kazakh government on combating human trafficking. She expressed readiness of the U.S. administration to intensify bilateral cooperation in this sphere, the Foreign Ministry said.