Kazakhstan president to visit US


ASTANA (TCA) — A White House statement on January 9 said that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the White House on January 16. The two leaders “will discuss ways to strengthen and enhance strategic partnership on regional security issues and economic cooperation,” the statement said.

From January 1st to 31st, Kazakhstan, for the first time in its history, has assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

The White House said Trump and Nazarbayev will discuss several international challenges, including Afghanistan, that are expected to come before the UN Security Council during Kazakhstan’s presidency.

Earlier on January 9, Nazarbayev met with U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol in Astana and said he is seeking to build on the “amicable relationship” the two countries have established in the last 26 years, Nazarbayev’s press service said.

Nazarbayev said that he hopes to further cooperate with Washington in the fight against terrorism and in strengthening nuclear non-proliferation and expanding trade and investment.

“About 500 companies with U.S. participation are working in Kazakhstan, and more than 140 of them are joint ventures. They are manufacturing goods and exporting their products to other countries,” Nazarbayev said to the U.S. ambassador.

During his visit to the United States, President Nazarbayev will also chair the UN Security Council Thematic Debates entitled “WMD Non-proliferation: Confidence-building Measures”, planned to take place on January 18.

Sergey Kwan