Kazakh-US commission to hold first meeting in Washington

WASHINGTON. April 9. KAZINFORM The first meeting of the Kazakh-US commission for strategic partnership will open in the US capital on Monday.

The bilateral commission will focus on Afghanistan, nuclear disarmament, the counteraction to new challenges and threats, trade and investments, cooperation in high technologies and broader ties through easier visa rules.

A two-day meeting of the bilateral commission will be chaired by Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Kairat Umarov and US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake, Itar-Tass reports.

The Afghan issue is one of the top priorities for the United States. Cargo supplies for the US contingent in Afghanistan are made through the Northern Distribution Network via Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, for the last few years Kazakhstan gives the support to the Kabul government to build hospitals, schools, roads and makes substantial food relief supplies. Afghan specialists are educated at Kazakh educational establishments.

The agreement to form the bilateral commission for strategic partnership was reached at a meeting of the top diplomats of the countries Hillary Clinton and Yerzhan Kazykhanov in early February. Then the sides "confirmed the common adherence to further development of bilateral relations through the strategic dialogue on Afghanistan, democratization, security, cooperation in nuclear non-proliferation, energy, trade and investments." The commission will include several working groups, particularly on political, military, economic issues, science and technologies. Meanwhile, the forum with the participation of non-governmental organizations will work in the bilateral commission.

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