Kazakhstan plays a growing role in the global economy by allowing companies to expand and invest in the region and by deepening and expanding economic cooperation in the fields of energy, manufacturing and industry development.
U.S. and Kazakhstan share a long social, political and economic ties. Kazakhstan has already proven itself as a great leader in nuclear nonproliferation, and as a Japanese-American whose spouse is from Hiroshima, I understands how extremely critical and significant Kazakhstan’s leadership is.
U.S. was the first country to recognize Kazakhstan as an independent nation in 1991. The 1994 bilateral investment treaty between the U.S. and Kazakhstan was the first step to increased facilitation of trade and investment. Since then, Kazakhstan has played key roles in advancing security in the region by preventing terrorism, engaging in peacekeeping and participating in the Steppe Eagle joint exercises between the U.S., Kazakhstan and the UN.
I would like to thank Kazakhstan for its significant contribution to the U.S. during its war efforts in Afghanistan. As a Navy pilot, I flew over Kazakhstan on numerous occasions. Kazakhstan played a very important role with its humanitarian initiatives, such as sending peacekeeping troops to Iraq in 2003 to help in demeaning and water purification projects.
The mutual respect, trust and friendship between Kazakhstan and the United States are what will make both countries prosperous, and we should recognize Kazakhstan’s past, and we must focus on its future.