Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Kazakhstani First President Nazarbayev

02/02/2020 08:53 AM EST

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Kazakhstani First President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Secretary Pompeo discussed a range of global and regional issues with Kazakhstan’s elder statesman and praised the breadth and depth of the bilateral relationship begun under Nazarbayev’s leadership. The Secretary commended Nazarbayev’s legacy of principled leadership on nuclear non-proliferation, highlighting the positive model set by Kazakhstan’s repatriation of its citizens from Syria and Iraq. Secretary Pompeo encouraged Kazakhstan’s continued reforms in support of civil society and fundamental freedoms.