Kazakhstan – USA: 25 years of open diplomacy

Date: 
22 June 2017

 

A high-level international "U.S. – Kazakhstan" conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries was held in Astana. The result of the longstanding Kazakhstan-American cooperation is an integrated, open diplomacy.

Issues of bilateral cooperation at the global and regional levels in the sphere of economy and trade, as well as human capital issues were discussed during the conference.

"The stability and dynamics of our bilateral relations are predetermined by pragmatic state interests. For Kazakhstan cooperation with the world economic leader means integration into the global economy. For 25 years the fundamental nature of mutual interests has been matter of practical cooperation," said Yerzhan Saltybaev, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation.

The interaction of Kazakhstan and the US in enhancing the process of global nuclear security was one of the key aspects of bilateral cooperation considered today by the conference participants.

"We voluntarily refused the possession of a most powerful nuclear arsenal. We were the first in the world to have closed the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site for good. Together with our neighbors in Central Asia we have created a nuclear weapons free zone. In fact, the United States, implementing the Nunn-Lugar program, have contributed to the advancement of the anti-nuclear movement, initiated and led by Nursultan Nazarbayev. Moreover, we can talk about the global continuity of the anti-nuclear strategy of the Kazakhstan leader. "After all, the USA initiated the Nuclear Security Summit," said Saltybaev.

According to IWEP Director, the new US "C5 + 1" strategy in Central Asia is intended to become a new impetus in the development of relations between our countries in strengthening regional security, developing economic cooperation in Central Asia, including the transport potential of the region.

US Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol, US Former ambassadors to Kazakhstan John Ordway, Elizabeth Jones, Richard Hoagland took part in the conference representing the Americans. The Kazakhstan was represented by State Secretary Gulshara Abdykalikova, Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Vice Minister of National Economy Madina Abylkasymova and other state and public figures, scientists and experts.

The event was organized by the Analytical Center of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy jointly with the Embassy of the United States of America in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Leader of the Nation with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.