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Kazakhstan named important US partner

Posted on October 21, 2015 by KazCham

Vestnik Kavkaza

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York that his country supports the measures being taken by the international community – the UN, the League of Arab States, the United States and Russia, as well as the actions of the Syrian authorities and the opposition. Then he had a meeting with US President Barack Obama, after which White House spokesman Josh Ernest called Kazakhstan “a particularly important partner”.

Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed satisfaction with the fact that “the Russian President and the President of the United States have met to discuss sensitive issues.”

In addition to discussing the ‘Russian theme’, Nazarbayev and Obama “stressed the importance of the Kazakh-US partnership to ensure development, stability and security in the region.” There are more than 300 US-Kazakh joint ventures in Kazakhstan. Astana is interested in further development of cooperation and the active participation of US companies in the program of industrial-innovative development. The two leaders also “exchanged views on topical issues of the international agenda.”

The increased interest of Washington in Astana is no coincidence. As the Director of the Analytical Center of the Institute of International Studies Andrey Kazantsev told Vestnik Kavkaza, Kazakhstan is important for the United States for three reasons. One reason is related to the relations with Russia, the second with the US policy towards Afghanistan, the third with China. “Kazakhstan is presenting itself quite successfully and it is perceived by the West as one of the mediators in relations with Moscow. And it needs intermediaries, since mutual trust between the Russian and Western political elites has been lost. And there are fewer and fewer such intermediaries now. According to him, Nazarbayev can find common ground with Putin, he is the initiator of Eurasian integration. On the other hand, as a part of its multi-vector policy, Kazakhstan has good relations with the West too, Astana pays a great attention to the construction of the liberal economic rules in the country, successfully attracting Western investment.

According to the expert, “the West perceives Nazarbayev’s Kazakhstan as ‘an island of stability and predictability’ in Central Asia”.

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