US to pursue closer ties with Kazakhstan, Pompeo says


WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States intends to "strengthen" ties with Kazakhstan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Wednesday (July 3).

Atamkulov conferred in Washington Monday-Tuesday (July 1-2) with Pompeo and John Bolton, the US national security adviser.

It was "great to meet" Atamkulov, Pompeo tweeted on July 2. "The United States strongly supports the U.S.–Kazakhstani enhanced strategic partnership and looks forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with the new government of President @TokayevKZ."

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was elected president in June.

Pompeo, in talks with Atamkulov, "praised Kazakhstan's global leadership in the repatriation and reintegration of its citizens from Syria," the US State Department said in a statement.

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