The Secretary of State expressed hope for strengthening ties with the government of President Tokayev.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Beibut Atamkulov, the state Department reported.
“The Secretary of state expressed strong support for the expanded strategic partnership between the United States and Kazakhstan and expressed hope for further strengthening of bilateral relations with the new government of President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev,” state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said.
She added that Pompeo welcomed the recent statements of President Tokayev on the expansion of participation of Kazakhstanis in policies and measures to strengthen the protection of fundamental freedoms of the people of Kazakhstan.
“The Secretary of state praised Kazakhstan’s global leadership in repatriating its citizens from Syria and reintegrating them into society and invited Kazakhstan to share its experience with other countries, – Ortagus said. – The Secretary of state also expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan for its support of efforts to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan.”