President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s visit to New York began with a meeting the US political and expert community, held with the assistance of the influential American analytical center "Atlantic Council".
During the meeting, the Head of State elaborated on current state and prospects of development of the Kazakh-American relations, the main priorities of foreign policy, trade, economic and investment potential of Kazakhstan.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted that the development of cooperation with the United States is of special importance for our country.
"We attach great importance to the implementation of the agreements reached during the official visit of the First President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the United States in January 2018, which laid foundation for the Kazakh-U.S. an Enhanced Strategic Partnership," the President stressed.
The Head of State reminded that the USA is one of the largest investors in the economy of Kazakhstan. The total volume of American investments in our country exceeded 45 billion dollars.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also informed the American partners about the successful implementation of a number of joint projects in the energy sector and drew attention to the availability of new opportunities for expanding cooperation in agriculture and high technologies.
According to the President, Kazakhstan intends to continue to strengthen long-term economic contacts with American business.
In their turn, the American participants of the event highly appreciated the level of bilateral cooperation, noting the wide potential for further strengthening of mutually beneficial strategic partnership with Kazakhstan.
"Atlantic Council", established in 1961, is one of the leading analytical and scientific centers of the United States. The Council investigates transatlantic links, integration processes, security and the environment.
C5+1 Ministerial Meeting was held in New York
Ahead of President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev’s visit to the United States for the 74-th UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi took part at the C5+1 Dialogue meeting. The participants of the Dialogue also included the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov and Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States Mered Orazov.
The parties discussed ways to expand trade and investment ties as well as integration processes and joint efforts to address common challenges in Central Asia.
Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi emphasized that C5+1 platform is increasingly becoming an effective mechanism to boost economic cooperation within Central Asia and attract the US resources to develop the region’s transit infrastructure, protect the environment as well as strengthen the regional security and stability.
The Minister also highlighted the importance of continuing the work within the C5+1 dialogue to attract American investments and technologies to Central Asia. The progress made within the C5+1 Dialogue platform should be signalled to the business communities of the US and Central Asia.
The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that Central Asia serves as an example to the international community on repatriating its citizens from war zones. The U.S State Secretary highlighted the importance of economic partnership of the Central Asian countries and noted the prospects of the US cooperation with the region in infrastructure development, including through the United States International Development Finance Corporation.
As one of the factors to establish stability and sustainable growth in the region Mike Pompeo noted the need to strengthen cooperation between Central Asian countries and Afghanistan.
The C5 format is a multilateral mechanism for interaction between the five Central Asian countries and the United States. The inaugural meeting of the six foreign ministers took place in New York in September 2015 in the margins of the UN General Assembly.
The last high level meeting with participation of Central Asian foreign ministers and US Under Secretary of State David Hale took place in Nur-Sultan a month ago.
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