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Kazakhstan named important US partner 0

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”.

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – March 10, 2011 0

Posted on March 10, 2011 by KazCham

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/03/10/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-march-10-2011/


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U.S. rolls out red carpet for controversial Kazakh leader 0

Posted on April 13, 2010 by KazCham

US rolls out red carpet for controversial Kazakh leader

AFP American Edition

Apr 12, 2010 12:40 EDT

Kazakhstan’s authoritarian president Nursultan Nazarbayev touted himself as poster boy of a Washington summit on nuclear disarmament Monday — and President Barack Obama, badly needing allies in Central Asia, was his main fan.

Posters of a smiling Nazarbayev hung prominently on advertising boards around Washington, where leaders of 47 countries were attending a summit on securing the world’s loose nukes.

After a one-hour meeting with Obama on Sunday, the Kazakh strongman, who has been in power since his energy-rich state emerged from the 1991 Soviet collapse, has plenty to smile about.

Washington holds up Kazakhstan, which voluntarily ceded its portion of the Soviet nuclear arsenal, as an example of a country benefiting from what Obama says should be the world’s ultimate goal: full nuclear disarmament.

Nazarbayev explains on the posters that his vast, sparsely populated nation gave up the inherited nuclear arsenal because atomic testing during the Soviet period had sickened 1.5 million people.

“That’s why we got rid of our nuclear arsenal, the world’s fourth largest. And that is why we call on the world to follow our example. There is no other way to build a safer world,” the poster quotes Nazarbayev saying.

White House advisor Mike McFaul said Obama described Nazarbayev as “one of the model leaders” on nuclear safety issues and said that the Washington summit wouldn’t have happened “without his presence.”

“By giving up nuclear weapons they went from a country that might have been isolated had they kept those nuclear weapons, and in turn was open to the international economy,” McFaul said.

On the sensitive topic of democracy, Obama was more than understanding.

“Both Presidents agreed that it?s never — you don?t ever reach democracy, you always have to work at it,” McFaul said. “President Obama reminded his Kazakh counterpart that we, too, are working to improve our democracy.”

Nazarbayev doesn’t always get such warm treatment abroad.

Though not considered as repressive as the leaders of Central Asia’s Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Nazarbayev has rigged elections for almost two decades and crushed media freedom, Western watchdogs say.

His country remains almost unknown to ordinary people in the West beyond the satirical send-up in the hit comedy film “Borat,” about a bumbling Kazakh journalist.

But reasons are mounting why Nazarbayev matters.

The violent overthrow of the government in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, where the United States has a military base, sharply highlighted the importance of politically stable Kazakhstan as an access route to Afghanistan.

During their meeting, Obama and Nazarbayev strengthened that route by agreeing on overflight rights for US military aircraft coming over the North Pole and directly south into Afghanistan — a significant shortcut for US-based planes.

“This will save money, it will save time, in terms of moving our troops and the supplies needed into the theater, as President Obama has already announced,” McFaul said.

Less immediate, but of equally strategic importance, is Kazakhstan’s emerging role as an energy source, both in its huge oil reserves and its ambition — despite the non-nuclear stance — of being the world’s top producer of uranium.

“The presidents reconfirmed the importance of the long-term energy partnership between the two countries,” a joint statement said. “The United States welcomed Kazakhstan?s emergence as the top global uranium producer as an important development for diversification of global energy supply.”

Kazakh Ambassador Erlan Idrissov listed a host of issues — nuclear non-proliferation, energy, Afghanistan, relations with Russia and China, and anti-terrorism — that he said make US-Kazakh relations “very important.”

“Over the first years of emergence, people didn’t realize who we are and what we are,” he told journalists Monday.

But “Kazakhstan was there for millennia and will continue to be there for millennia.”

Source: AFP American Edition

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