Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
The NATO leadership considers Kazakhstan as a key regional security partner in Central Asia. This opinion was expressed by NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai at the meeting with the Head of Kazakh Mission to the NATO, Ambassador Erik Utembayev, Kazinform reported.
Within the meeting the parties exchanged the views on Kazakh-NATO relations and regional, international issues of mutual interest. In particular, Appathurai and Utembayev discussed the implementation of the Individual Partnership Action Plan, between Kazakhstan and NATO.
Appathurai highly assessed Kazakhstan's cooperation with NATO, stressing Kazakhstan's important role in Central Asia and in the situation stabilizing in Afghanistan. Moreover, he stressed the stable and dynamic development of the relationship between NATO and Kazakhstan, in particular in the format of the Euro-Atlantic partnership, within the Individual Partnership Action Plan and joint efforts on Afghanistan.
At the end of the conversation Appathurai expressed NATO's desire to continue cooperating with Kazakhstan within the Individual Partnership Action Plan.