By Kamila Aliyeva
U.S. President Donald Trump and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev are expected to hold talks at the White House on January 16 during the visit of Kazakh leader to the United States.
The forthcoming visit to the U.S. will be Nazarbayev’s first one under the presidency of Donald Trump.
The meeting will focus on the ways to strengthen and enhance strategic partnership on regional security issues and economic cooperation, the White House said in a statement on January 9.
The presidents will discuss Kazakhstan’s leadership on several international challenges, particularly Afghanistan, during its presidency of the United Nations Security Council, and the legacy of bilateral partnership between our countries regarding weapons of mass destruction and non-proliferation issues.
These issues are relevant in terms of the war in Afghanistan entering a new phase and the ongoing crisis on the Korean peninsula linked to the nuclear dream of North Korea.
In September 2017, Trump and Nazarbayev held a telephone talk during which a number of important events were highlighted, including Expo 2017, Kazakhstan’s upcoming UNSC presidency and the opening of the country’s IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank.
During the conversation, Trump also invited Nazarbayev to pay an official visit to the United States. The presidents also discussed the status and prospects for the Kazakh-American relations development. At the same time, the sides agreed to strengthen the bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
Trump and Nazarbayev first met on the sidelines of the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia in May, 2017.
Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva
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