PRESIDENTS NAZARBAYEV AND OBAMA MEET IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO
DISCUSS KAZAKH-U.S. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
Washington, April 12: Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan
Nazarbayev and U.S. President Barack Obama met on April 11 in Washington, DC ahead of the Global Nuclear Security Summit.
The two Presidents have had a comprehensive exchange on
global security, including nonproliferation and stabilization in Afghanistan,
democratic development, economic ties and investment opportunities, energy
partnership, and Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe.
Both leaders noted with satisfaction their shared approach
to major international challenges on global and regional scale.
President Nazarbayev reaffirmed his support for President
Obama’s nonproliferation initiatives, including the Nuclear Security Summit to
convene in Washington DC on April 12. He
also reiterated Kazakhstan’s strong commitment to further strengthening of
bilateral cooperation with the United States in the interest of a more secure
and prosperous world.
“I commend President Obama for his leadership in convening
the Nuclear Security Summit. It will provide a framework for preventing nuclear
terrorism,” President Nazarbayev said earlier.
According to the US National Security Council Senior
Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs Michael McFaul, President Obama
praised President Nazarbayev as “one of the model leaders in the world. We
could not have this summit without his presence."
After the meeting, the two Presidents issued a Joint
Statement below detailing some of the most important topics they
JOINT STATEMENT MEETING OF KAZAKHSTAN'S
AND U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA
At their meeting on April 11 in Washington, Presidents
Nazarbayev and Obama discussed strengthening the strategic partnership between
the United States and Kazakhstan and pledged to intensify bilateral cooperation
to promote nuclear safety and non-proliferation, regional stability in Central
Asia, economic prosperity, and universal values.
Nuclear Security and Non-Proliferation: The Presidents underlined the 15-year track
record of close cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United States and
success in reducing nuclear threats in Kazakhstan and around the world. They
share the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. The U.S. appreciates the leadership of
President Nazarbayev and the contribution of Kazakhstan to nuclear disarmament
and nonproliferation. The leaders noted
with satisfaction the successful implementation of the Cooperative Threat
Reduction program and continued cooperation, including on the decommissioning
of the BN-350 nuclear reactor at Aktau and the construction of a central
reference laboratory in Almaty.
Cooperation also proceeds on the conversion of the research reactor in
Alatau and the elimination of highly enriched uranium stored there, as called
for in the Nuclear Security Summit Communiqué.
President Obama thanked President Nazarbayev for his offer
to host an International Nuclear Fuel Bank and expressed his support for
Kazakhstan’s intention to become a member of the IAEA Board of Governors.
Kazakhstan is eager to speed up the mutually agreed work at
the former nuclear test site in support of President Obama’s speech in Prague,
which called for accelerated action to secure vulnerable nuclear materials.
Presidents highlighted their shared understanding of the common threats and
challenges posed by the situation in Afghanistan.
President Obama expressed appreciation for Kazakhstan’s humanitarian,
economic and educational support for the Afghan people, including the decision
by the Government of Kazakhstan to contribute $50 million dollars to a new
program to educate Afghans at Kazakh universities. The Presidents discussed ways to enhance
Kazakhstan’s critical role in the Northern Distribution Network and welcomed a
new bilateral agreement enabling U.S. cargo flights across Kazakhstan.
Investment and Trade: Recognizing Kazakhstan’s achievements
in social and economic development the United States will continue to support
the development of a diversified economy in Kazakhstan through the Program for
Economic Development and the Kazakhstan-US Public Private Economic Partnership
The Presidents positively assessed the current state of
bilateral economic relations. They agreed to redouble efforts to complete
Kazakhstan’s WTO accession and support the work of the Central Asia Trade and
Investment Framework Agreement.
The Presidents reconfirmed the importance of the long-term
energy partnership between the two countries. The United States welcomed
Kazakhstan’s emergence as the top global uranium producer as an important
development for diversification of global energy supply.
The United States and Kazakhstan expressed their intention
to enhance cooperation on nuclear energy and development of alternative energy
resources. The leaders took positive note of the signing of the bilateral
Science and Technology Agreement, which will increase scientific cooperation
The parties will encourage large-scale bilateral commercial
cooperation in agriculture that can make a significant contribution to the US
and UN initiatives on global food security.
U.S.-Kazakhstan Bilateral Consultation: The Presidents welcomed the first session of
annual bilateral consultations on March 8-9, 2010 in Washington D.C. The purpose of the new forum is to
advance all the dimensions of the
bilateral relationship, including security and nonproliferation cooperation,
universal values, and our economic and energy partnership.
Democracy: The United States encouraged Kazakhstan to
implement its forward looking 2009-2012 National Human Rights Action Plan and
2010-2020 Legal Concept. The United States will continue to support the
Kazakhstan Government’s efforts to liberalize its media and democratize its
political system, including through legal reform.
Enhancing Contacts between Our Societies: President Obama
and President Nazarbayev underlined the importance of strengthening contacts
between American and Kazakh civil societies, including NGOs, religious groups
and educational institutions. Nazarbayev welcomed President Obama’s Cairo
Speech and outreach to the Muslim world.
The Presidents emphasized the important role of religious freedom and
tolerance in developing stable societies and declared their support of
Kazakhstan’s relevant efforts as 2010 OSCE Chairman and 2011 Chairman of the
Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
(OSCE): President Obama underlined the
historic significance of Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship, the first time a
former republic of the Soviet Union has chaired the OSCE. The Presidents discussed Kazakhstan’s OSCE
Chairmanship and its proposal to host an OSCE Summit. They noted positively Kazakhstan’s initiative
to promote greater OSCE engagement in Afghanistan, to hold a Review Conference
in Kazakhstan on Implementation of Commitments in the Human Dimension, and to
advance the Corfu process. The United States and Kazakhstan agreed to work on
developing a substantive agenda for an OSCE Summit.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev invited President Barack
Obama to visit Kazakhstan at his convenience. The invitation was received with