06ASTANA573, KAZAKHSTANI PRESIDENT DISCUSSES REGIONAL AND

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06ASTANA573 2006-11-15 01:53 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 000573 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA), NEA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/14/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PREL EINV AF IZ KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTANI PRESIDENT DISCUSSES REGIONAL AND 
DOMESTIC POLICY 
 
 
Classified By: Amb. John Ordway, reasons 1.4 (B) and (D). 
 
1. (C) Summary:  In a 45-minute discussion following the 
dedication of the new embassy in Astana, President Nazarbayev 
expressed frustration with the misguided policies of Uzbek 
president Karimov, pledged Kazakhstani investment in 
Afghanistan, warned against any precipitous withdrawal of 
U.S. troops from Iraq, conveyed a warning from Hosni Mubarak 
that executing Saddam Hussein would cause mass unrest in the 
Middle East, and stated that Kazakhstan would implement 
significant political reforms in 2007.  End summary. 
 
2. (SBU) The Ambassador hosted President Nazarbayev at a 
lunch following the November 14 dedication of the new embassy 
in Astana.  Deputy Prime Minister Karim Masimov, Presidential 
Administration chief Adylbek Dzhaksybekov, Security Council 
secretary Marat Tazhin, chief of administrative affairs of 
 
SIPDIS 
the Presidential Administration Bulat Utemuratov, Foreign 
Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev, Astana akim Askar Mamin, 
presidential interpreter Magzhan Ilyasov, OBO Director 
Charles Williams, Amb. Elizabeth Jones, DCM, and Pol-Econ 
Chief (notetaker) also participated. 
 
3. (C) Nazarbayev expressed frustration with President 
Karimov of Uzbekistan's policies, concurring with the 
Ambassador that Uzbekistan would be the leading country in 
the region today if managed properly.  The Kazakhstani leader 
said that he had tried on numerous occasions to convince 
Karimov to lift restrictions on trade between the two 
countries, sign an agreement on guest workers, and allow 
Kazakhstani investment in the Uzbek economy, all to no avail. 
 "He sees terrorists everywhere" and therefore won't loosen 
up any of the rules, Nazarbayev said.  He added that he had 
even sent his leading economic advisor Grigoriy Marchenko to 
Uzbekistan to try to convince them to adopt wiser economic 
policies. 
 
4. (C) The Ambassador explained that with the reorganization 
of the State Department's geographic bureaus, the U.S. now 
looked at stable and relatively prosperous nations such as 
Kazakhstan and India to serve as pillars of the region. 
Nazarbayev agreed that it was in Kazakhstan's interest to 
promote integration and development in Central and South 
Asia, adding that Kazakhstan had recently sent a survey team 
to Afghanistan to look for investment opportunities. 
Motioning toward FM Tokayev as the lead on the issue, 
Nazarbayev said that the team had identified several 
potential investment projects. 
 
5. (C) Nazarbayev asked about the foreign policy impact of 
the recent congressional elections in the U.S., adding 
quickly that he hoped that the changes in the Congress would 
not result in an abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. 
Such a course of action, Nazarbayev stressed, would lead to 
civil war.  Iran would then take advantage of the power 
vacuum to invade.  In a separate conversation with the 
Ambassador, Nazarbayev said that Egyptian president Hosni 
Mubarak had recently told him that if Saddam Hussein is 
executed it will touch off a wave of unrest throughout the 
Sunni world.  Nazarbayev asked the Ambassador to convey 
Mubarak's warning to the White House. 
 
6. (C) Turning to Kazakhstan's own development, Nazarbayev 
stated that large-scale political reforms would be 
implemented in 2007.  He reminded his interlocutors that he 
had always insisted that the tasks of building the state 
structure and creating a strong economy should be fulfilled 
before moving on to political reform.  That point has now 
been reached, Nazarbayev said, and it is time to move forward 
with reform of the political system. 
 
Minimize Considered 
 
ORDWAY

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