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26 May 2008
Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev Receives Official Delegation of U.S. Congress Headed by Nick Rahall, the Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.

At the meeting, the sides discussed issues of developing political and economic cooperation between the two countries and exchanged views on important matters of international policy. The sides also expressed their mutual intention to strengthen the Kazakhstani-American strategic partnership.

Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev noted that the strategic partnership of Kazakhstan and the USA was built on a strong basis of common values and had a great future.

“Relationships between Kazakhstan and the USA, which were described as strategic partnership by Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev and George Bush, are based on such common values as peace, security, prosperity and human rights and freedoms,” the Secretary of State said at the meeting.

Kazakhstan and the USA closely cooperate in the areas of security, military technical ties, and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, war on terror, trade and investments, exploitation of natural resources and also maintain active dialogue on issues of promoting democracy. Kazakhstan has supported the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan and sent auxiliary military units to those countries. Early this year, the military agencies of the two countries had inked a second five-year plan for military technical cooperation. The share of American companies makes one third of the total amount of direct foreign investments to Kazakhstan’s economy, primarily in the energy sector. The governments of the two countries are interested in the diversification of American investments in Kazakhstan and an appropriate program is currently being prepared. Both Kazakhstan and the USA are members of the OSCE, which will be chaired by Astana in 2010.

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