Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov had a bilateral meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on April 6, 2016.
During the meeting a wide range of bilateral and multilateral issues on energy cooperation was discussed. Particular attention was paid to the process of implementation of the agreements reached during the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. with participation of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Foreign Minister congratulated the U.S. Energy Secretary on the successful completion of the negotiations on Iran's Nuclear Programme and noted that Kazakhstan pays close attention to this issue as it is important to improvе trade and economic climate in the region.
The parties highly appreciated the work of Kazakhstan-U.S. Special Commission on Energy Partnership and look forward to its future development. According to the counterparts’ shared opinion, the Commission is an important and successful mechanism to strengthening bilateral relations in the priority fields, such as nuclear security and energy, hydrocarbon resources, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
They also discussed issues of strengthening global nuclear security regime and nonproliferation. The U.S. side highly appreciated Kazakhstan's contribution to creation of the IAEA’s Low-Enriched Uranium Bank as well as hosting two rounds of talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Moreover, parties shared views on further development of cooperation in nuclear and petrochemical industries, expansion of trade and economic partnership in view of Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO, U.S. technical and financial assistance in implementing the «100 concrete steps» Plan of the Nation, as well as prospects of cooperation in the field of traditional and alternative energy. In addition, they highlighted the future role of the International Science and Technology Center in implementation of joint projects.
Head of the U.S. Energy Department expressing his concern about the global climate change and commitment to preserve clean environment for future generations welcomed Kazakhstan’s invitation to participate in the upcoming International Specialized Exhibition «EXPO-2017». He also praised the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan to establish Green Technologies Development Center under the UN auspices in EXPO-city as well as the opportunity to use “Astana” International Financial Center's site by the U.S. companies and investment funds.