Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
July 2, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov. The Secretary expressed strong support for the U.S.-Kazakhstani enhanced strategic partnership and looked forward to continuing to strengthen bilateral relations with the new government of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The Secretary welcomed recent statements by President Tokayev on increasing political participation in Kazakhstan and actions to strengthen the protection of fundamental freedoms for the people of Kazakhstan.
The Secretary praised Kazakhstan’s global leadership in the repatriation and reintegration of its citizens from Syria, and encouraged Kazakhstan to share its experience with other nations. The Secretary also commended Kazakhstan’s support for a lasting peace in Afghanistan.