The following are remarks from Richard E. Hoagland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, at the United States-Kazakhstan Convention on December 11, 2013. "Ambassador Umarov, distinguished guests, thank you for the opportunity to speak briefly about why the U.S.-Kazakhstan relationship matters and how we see that relationship growing in the future. But first, let me thank the Kazakhstani Embassy and the Turkic American Alliance for hosting this event, as well as all the other sponsors who have helped provide a forum to discuss this important topic. I've had the honor and privilege of serving in Kazakhstan as U.S. Ambassador, and now that I am back in Washington I have the opportunity to help build an even stronger partnership between our countries. The United States was the first to recognize Kazakhstan's independent and sovereign nationhood after independence in 1991. From that time onwards, we have seen Kazakhstan as an increasingly significant partner in many areas, not the least of which are in matters of economics and global security. Looking back over the past two decades, it is easy to see that Kazakhstan has consistently overcome the challenges it has faced. But at the moment of independence, Kazakhstan's future success was not at all predestined. It was a landlocked state that had not at all been seeking the independence that history unexpectedly thrust upon it. In the immediate wake of independence, Kazakhstan's national leadership made three fundamental decisions that have paid off increasingly handsomely: 1) to pursue fundamental economic reforms, 2) to give up the fourth-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, and 3) to give highest priority to educating a new generation to ensure that Kazakhstan would eventually take its rightful place on the world stage."
|Author:||Hoagland, Richard E.|
|Publisher:||United States. Department of State|
|Retrieved From:||U.S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov/|
|Source:||United States-Kazakhstan Convention. Washington, D.C. December 11, 2013.|