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The foreign policy of Kazakhstan to remain largely unchanged

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Madi Asanov


ASTANA - Appearing Nov. 19 at the extended session of the Collegium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the president of Kazakhstan said the nation’s foreign policy objectives for the future remain largely unchanged and will continue to promote Kazakhstan as a leader in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan’s top foreign policy priorities are to maintain allied and neighbourly relations with Russia, a strategic partnership with China and mutually advantageous collaboration with the U.S. Since independence the foreign policy strategy of Kazakhstan has been based on “a multi-vector approach”, which is to find and maintain a balance among three basic forces acting in the Central Asian region, Russia, the U.S. and China.

In addition, Nazarbayev emphasized collaboration with the European Union. He declared that the EU is the most powerful trade and economic power in Kazakhstan. “Today, the majority of European countries distinguish Kazakhstan as their main strategic partner in the Central Asian region,” he declared, referring to the state program “Path to Europe” that was approved last August. It is aimed at facilitating Kazakhstan’s development of relations with European countries. “Our resources, in exchange for trade”, is how Nazarbayev outlined the formula for collaboration with the EU.

“Today the trade turnover with Europe is US$25 billion. We would like large and small businesses in European countries to bring innovation and new technologies to Kazakhstan.” Other Kazakhstan foreign policy objectives are to increase interaction with the countries of the Persian Gulf and cooperation with Japan, India and other countries of Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

[Liter, Presidential web site]

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