Kazakhstan, US to enhance cooperation in restoration of Afghan economy
Kazakhstan and the United States plan to enhance interaction to guarantee international security and restoration of the Afghan economy, an official at the Kazakhstani Foreign Ministry said, summing up results of Tuesday's talks between Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov and the US Ambassador to the republic, Kenneth Fairfax, Itar-Tass reported.
"The sides pointed to the mutual readiness to step up efforts for the social and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan, including through more intensive economic cooperation of that country with the states of Central and Southern Asia," the official said.
Moreover, the interlocutors stressed the importance of "the new Silk Way initiative and Kazakhstan's consequent efforts aimed at the economic and transport integration in Eurasia," the official said.
The US guests highly assessed Astana's steps for the assistance to Afghanistan, including "the logistic support to the international coalition' efforts in that country, as well as the program of training of Afghan students," the Foreign Ministry's official said.
In addition, during the meeting the two sides considered other aspects of international security, including nuclear non-proliferation and security in Europe and Asia.
The talks were the first official meeting with the Kazakhstani Foreign Minister for Mr. Fairfax, who came into office at the end of October 2011.