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29 August 2007
President Nursultan Nazarbayev Receives U.S. Congressmen Eni Faleomavaega and Chris Cannon.

During the meeting, the President underscored that Eni Faleomavaega, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment of the U.S. Congress is one of the most active supporters of Kazakhstan. The Congressman is a member of the Kazakhstani-American inter-parliamentary friendship group and has many times initiated statements supporting Kazakhstan. He is the author of the resolution of the House of Representatives, in which the legislative body of the USA congratulated Kazakhstan’s leadership on the 15th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and which says that “Kazakhstan's leadership and cooperation with the United States on nonproliferation matters is a model for other countries to follow”. The Congressman also promotes an initiative on establishing a joint American-Kazakhstani working group for studying the consequences of nuclear tests in Kazakhstan.

Very high appreciating the merits of Eni Faleomavaega in strengthening ties between the two countries, Kazakhstan’s President signed a decree conferring the Dostyk Order of first degree upon the Congressman. The President presented the Order to Eni Faleomavaega during the meeting.

”President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s leadership has brought him tremendous credit worldwide and the continuation of reforms in the economic development of the country has given him a high status in this region and also in other parts of the world,” Congressman Eni Faleomavaega said.

“It is my deepest hope that people of Kazakhstan and the leadership of the great President can continue to have that kind of economic development and the leadership in the area of security that so needed in the world today. It makes this country such a great partner to the United States,” Congressman Chris Cannon noted.

“Kazakhstan will play a leading role among the energy related countries not only in Central Asia, but throughout the world” Congressman Eni Faleomavaega added.

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