The United States is interested in strengthening cooperation with the Central Asian countries. The U.S. pays attention to Kazakhstan, which is internationally recognized by its thoughtful foreign policy, peacekeeping activities and global anti-nuclear initiatives. This was voiced by Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. According to Alice Wells, this is reflected in Kazakhstan’s work in the UN Security Council.  

ALICE WELLS, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY, BUREAU OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE:

 - I think traditionally Kazakhstan has distinguished itself in Central Asia as a nation with a global vision that has fought for nuclear proliferation, that has fought for security, arming peace whether in Syria or elsewhere. I think Washington has deep respect for president Nazarbayev as a leader who has managed the rise of a new independent country.

We’ve been very pleased with the initiative of Kazakhstan. It is very focused and it affects relations with Central Asia and in the Middle East. Promoting the environment of preventive diplomacy and conflict prevention, kinds of actions that Kazakhstan is taking to support and visit by the UN Security Council to Afghanistan to increase the understanding of the issues facing Afghanistan are extremely timely. 

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