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Obama tagged Kazakhstan a model of nuclear disarmament for the whole world

26 march 2012, 17:26
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
U.S. President Barack Obama and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
U.S. President Barack Obama and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
U.S. President Barack Obama and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
Kazakhstan became a model of nuclear disarmament for the whole world, KazTAG reports citing U.S. president Barack Obama.

"20 years ago Kazakhstan made a decision to give up nuclear weapons. This was followed by economic growth and prosperity of the country. Kazakhstan became a model of efforts in this direction around the world. I would like to thank you for this leading role in giving up nuclear weapons," Obama told Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul on Monday, March 26.

According to him, "one of important documents signed at this summit will cover efforts towards nuclear materials remaining from the Soviet time." Cooperation of the U.S., Russia and Kazakhstan helped ensure a good storage of these materials, Obama said.

"We will have an opportunity to discuss other efforts in this direction at the summit. In particular, we will discuss Kazakhstan's work in relation to highly-enriched uranium and plutonium, and its support to creation of an international nuclear fuel bank, that will stripe other countries of the necessity to enrich nuclear materials independently. Kazakhstan plays a leading role in this area," U.S. president said.

Besides, he reminded that the relations of Kazakhstan and the U.S. "have always been outside the nuclear security". Obama, in particular, thanks for the support rendered by Kazakhstan in transportation of cargos for coalition forces in Afghanistan, as well as for the help to Afghan government.

"It is necessary to also note the importance of trade-economic relations between our countries. We will discuss enhancement of these relations. An additional subject for discussion will be the efforts taken by the president in democratization and human rights in Kazakhstan. Certainly, we hope that this situation will improve facilitating further economic growth and prosperity," Obama said.

The Nuclear Security Summit is held in Seoul on March 26-27. The participants will discuss physical and technical protection, security of nuclear energy facilities and radioactive materials.

The summit will be attended by the presidents of 53 countries and 4 international organizations. According to press-service of Kazakhstan President, Nursultan Nazarbayev will hold several bilateral meetings and give a speech at the summit.

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