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Kazakhstan and the United States hold working sessions of the Fourth Kazakhstan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

Posted on March 14, 2016 by KazCham

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

On March 8-9, 2016, Kazakhstan and the United States held working sessions of the Fourth Kazakhstan-U.S. Strategic Partnership Dialogue (SPD) in Washington, D.C. on political affairs, human dimension, and economic cooperation.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Justice Elvira Azimova, Vice Minister for Investment and Development Rakhim Oshakbayev led Kazakhstan’s delegation. The U.S. was represented by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Thomas Malinowski, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun Kumar.

At the opening session Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal stressed that the United States “values the relationship with Kazakhstan not only because of the important work we do bilaterally but also because of the important role Kazakhstan plays regionally and globally”. She said 2015 was “a banner year” for Kazakhstan-U.S. strategic partnership, which has taken it to a new level. She also noted the meeting of Presidents of Kazakhstan and the United States on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the visit of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov to the United States in April 2015, and the historical visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Kazakhstan in November 2015, as well as the launch of a new format of Central Asia and the United States dialogue, known as “C5 + 1”. The U.S. diplomat said the United States is proud that the Strategic Partnership Dialogue has become “a defining moment aspect of the institutional engagement” between our countries.

Director for Central Asia at the White House National Security Council Katrisa Bohne echoed this view and described Kazakhstan as “an inspiring U.S. partner” with whom it shared the bonds of “deep friendship”. The Obama Administration representative also underscored Washington’s commitment to deepen the strategic partnership on important issues of the international agenda such as nuclear non-proliferation and countering violent extremism.

At the session of the SPD Political Affairs and Security Committee, Kazakhstan and the United States discussed intensification of political contacts, strengthening cooperation on Afghanistan and regional security as well as the interaction between the defense agencies.

Special focus was placed upon the issues of nuclear non-proliferation and the participation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Washington, DC, March 31 – April 1, 2016.

At the Committee on Human Dimension session, Kazakhstan and the United States discussed ways to deepen cooperation in educational and cultural spheres, media development and support for Kazakhstan’s civil society organizations were discussed. The parties agreed to deepen cooperation to implement the trilingualism policy in Kazakhstan, including through American educational exchange programs and targeted training of English language teachers. There was a substantive exchange of views on joint activities to mark the celebration of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the United States in 2016. The parties discussed the implementation of the reforms of the Plan of the nation’s “100 concrete steps” with a focus on the formation of a transparent and effective model of public service, impartial judicial system, the rule of law. Both sides expressed willingness to engage in constructive cooperation in this field.

Prospects for deepening the Kazakh-American cooperation on the implementation of the Plan of the Nation “100 concrete steps” were also discussed at the meeting of the SPD Economic Committee. Preparatory work for the Central Asia – U.S. TIFA meeting to be convened soon were also reviewed. The parties agreed to explore concrete ways to enhance trade and investment cooperation, including SME collaboration.

During the visit, the Kazakh delegation in Washington also held a substantive and engaged dialogue at bilateral meetings at the Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, the Helsinki Commission as well as a series of expanded roundtables, which were attended by U.S. business executives and scholars as well as international NGOs.

See more photos from the event at The Kazakh Embassy’s Flickr account at

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125353451@N08/albums/72157665051541720

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