Nur-Sultan, 2 September 2022 (TDI): The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received a US Congressional delegation led by James Panetta and Thomas Suozzi today on September 2.

The prospects for the development of Kazakh-American relations were discussed during the meeting. The measures to strengthen the inter-parliamentary ties within the Kazakh-US Congressional Caucus were also discussed.

The importance of the visit of American lawmakers in promoting parliamentary diplomacy was noted by the Kazakh President. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also expressed satisfaction with the dynamics of bilateral trade, and economic, and investment cooperation.

President Tokayev told the congressional representatives about the large-scale reforms being carried out in the country. He also the main provisions of his State of the Nation Address.

In response, the Congressional delegation, James Panetta and Thomas Suozzi thanked the Head of State of Kazakhstan for the opportunity to meet and commended his efforts in implementing large-scale political and economic transformations in Kazakhstan.

US-Kazakhstan bilateral relations

The United States, on December 25, 1991, was the first country to recognize Kazakhstan’s independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The first US Embassy in Kazakhstan was opened in Almaty in January 1992 and then relocated in 2006 to Astana.

The two countries have developed a strong and wide-ranging bilateral relationship, jointly referred to as an enhanced strategic partnership since 2018 in the years since Kazakhstan’s independence.

The cooperation in security and nuclear non-proliferation is a cornerstone of the relationship between the two countries. The US firms have invested billions of dollars in Kazakhstan, concentrated in the oil and gas sector.

Both countries also interact through many international organizations. Kazakhstan has membership in the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.

Kazakhstan maintains an Embassy in the US as well as its Permanent Representative’s Mission to the UN in New York.