Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan visits U.S.

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Within the framework of his visit to the United States the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Mr. Askhat Daulbayev held meetings with Counselor of the US Department of State Mr. Thomas Shannon and Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Ms. Michele Leonhart, Kazinform has learnt from the press service of the Prosecutor General.

During the negotiations with the Counselor of the US Department of State Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan told about the main directions of activities of the Kazakhstani prosecution offices on ensuring law and order, protection of human rights and freedoms. It was also noted that the Prosecutor General's Office of Kazakhstan actively cooperates with US competent authorities, on principle of reciprocity, in the field of combating crime, international legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition. The parties exchanged their views concerning further interaction between the two countries in combating global challenges and threats of the modern world. They touched upon the issues related to strengthening cooperation in combating extremism and terrorism, protecting human rights, and also about the upcoming Summit, which is expected to be a unique opportunity to identify common ground and to develop joint measures to combat violent extremism. Utmost attention was paid to the issue of expanding and strengthening the contractual framework. The parties noted that conclusion of the Treaty between the two countries on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, which is in the final stage of its preparation, will give additional impetus to the development of legal cooperation between Kazakhstan and the US. During the meeting with the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration there were discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation in fight against drug trafficking. The sides also praised the results of joint operations to identify channels of supply and transit of drugs. Mr. Daulbayev told about the measures taken to combat drug trafficking in the framework of implementation of the State Program on fight against drug addiction and drug trafficking, and he also emphasized the importance of conducting workshops and trainings for Kazakhstani law enforcement and special agencies staff in the DEA Academy, in Quantico. The interlocutors stressed their readiness to further consolidation of efforts in combating transnational drug-related crimes, operative exchange of information, experience as well as legislation in this area.

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