Strategic Partnership Dialogue

In 2010, Kazakhstan and the United States launched the Annual Bilateral Consultations (ABC) under Strategic Partnership – a framework for cooperation on range of issues including regional cooperation, stabilization of Afghanistan, security, democratic reform, rule of law, human rights, civil society development, economic development, energy, science and technology, and people to people contacts. In accordance with the Action Plan, the parties created working groups that collaborate on the issues. The level of interaction was raised to Strategic Partnership Dialogue (SPD) in 2012.

In 2013,  Washington hosted the second SPD meeting where the two sides recognized that significant progress has been made in the bilateral relationship since the inaugural meeting in 2012.

Third Strategic Partnership Dialogue (2015)
Foreign Minister Idrissov and Secretary Kerry held the third meeting of the SPD on December 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. 
The two sides highlighted the robust and growing bilateral ties between Kazakhstan and the United States and reaffirmed their commitment to further deepen the strategic partnership. The United States expressed its unwavering support for Kazakhstan’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. The joint statement on the third SPD highlighted Kazakhstan and U.S. partnership on global issues such as counterterrorism and peacebuilding, recognized Kazakhstan's role as neutral host of the P5+1 talks with Iran and contribution to the UN ebola response fund. The U.S. also welcomed Kazakhstan's hosting of the 5th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, June 10-11, 2015, in Astana.

The joint statement affirmed U.S. - Kazakh cooperation on nuclear nonproliferation and security, and democracy and civil society strengthening. The U.S. welcomed Kazakhstan's human rights progress, particularly the Consultative and Advisory Body “Dialogue Platform on Human Dimension”.  

Fourth Strategic Partnership Dialogue (2016)
The fourth Strategic Partnership Dialogue took place in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 2016, and respective delegations were led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev.  The working session opened with Assistant Secretary Biswal stressing that the United States “values the relationship with Kazakhstan not only because of the important work we do bilaterally but also because of the important role Kazakhstan plays regionally and globally”. You may read more about the successful fourth SPD and the issues of mutual cooperation in our more thorough summary.