U.S. Department of State
Office of Spokesperson
December 13, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo expressed strong satisfaction with the outcomes of the U.S. – Kazakhstani enhanced strategic partnership dialogue meetings held in Washington on December 4, and looked forward to continuing to strengthen bilateral relations with the government and people of Kazakhstan. The Secretary welcomed recent announcements by Prime Minister Mamin of increased U.S.-Kazakhstani commercial ties, and the upcoming signing of an Open Skies civil air transport agreement. Secretary Pompeo encouraged the government of Kazakhstan to implement President Tokayev’s ambitious reform agenda and to take actions to strengthen the protection of fundamental freedoms for the people of Kazakhstan.
The Secretary discussed the ongoing human rights crisis in Xinjiang with the Foreign Minister and welcomed Kazakhstan’s actions to ensure the safety of those who have fled China seeking refuge. The Secretary also commended Kazakhstan’s support for a lasting peace in Afghanistan. Secretary Pompeo also underscored the importance of Kazakhstan’s global leadership in the repatriation and reintegration of its citizens from Syria, and he praised steps Kazakhstan has taken to share its experience with other nations.