Idrissov, Kerry hold phone conversation

ASTANA. July 12. KAZINFORM Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov during his visit to the United States held telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, when the Secretary of State was in Boston due to his spouse Teresa Heinz Kerry's hospitalization, Kazinform has learnt from Kazakh MFA's press service.

John Kerry expressed his gratitude to Kazakhstan for its contribution to stabilization of Afghanistan, support to the Afghan National Security Forces. He also emphasized Kazakhstan's efforts in promoting the social and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan and praised Kazakhstan's leadership in the region.

Referring to Kazakhstan's leading role in nuclear disarmament, the U.S. Secretary of State expressed his appreciation for hosting two rounds of the international talks on Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. Secretary of State commended Kazakhstan's decision to adopt Strategy of transition to the green economy and all the measures taken towards it. Noting the prospect of the economic opportunities, he expressed his hope for cooperation of Kazakhstan and the United States in this area and, particularly, in science and technology.

Erlan Idrissov briefed his U.S. colleague on Kazakhstan's social and economic developments, and the goals President Nazarbayev has set in the Kazakhstan-2050 Development Strategy. Minister Idrissov emphasized that all the programs adopted by Kazakhstan leaders are aimed at welfare growth of Kazakhstan people.

Idrissov and Kerry highly assessed the Strategic Partnership Commission, which held its second meeting during Kazakhstan Foreign Minister's visit. During the meeting, Kazakhstan and the U.S. exchanged Diplomatic Notes regarding entry of the Agreement on issuing 5-year multiple entry visas into force with effect from August 1, 2013.

During their conversation, Foreign Minister Idrissov and Secretary of State Kerry highlighted the special spirit of the partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States, which contributes to successful development of all areas of cooperation.

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