08ASTANA2080, KAZAKHSTAN: FM TAZHIN THANKS AMBASSADOR KHALILZAD

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08ASTANA2080 2008-10-20 11:31 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 002080 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, SCA/A, DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/20/2018 
TAGS: PREL EAID EINV KISL KDEM AF KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN:  FM TAZHIN THANKS AMBASSADOR KHALILZAD 
ON COMMON WORLD, DISCUSSES AFGHANISTAN SUPPORT 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard Hoagland, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (C) SUMMARY:  During an October 17 meeting, Foreign 
Minister Tazhin thanked U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 
Khalilzad for his attendance at the Common World ministerial. 
 Tazhin told Khalilzad that he expected Kazakhstan to 
finalize an agreement with NATO on land transit of supplies 
for Afghanistan by year's end.  He promised continued 
Kazakhstani government assistance for Afghanistan, but said 
that the failure of a Kazakhstani company to win a tender for 
an Afghan copper mine had diminished the interest of private 
Kazakhstani investors in Afghanistan.  END SUMMARY. 
 
APPRECIATION FOR COMMON WORLD ATTENDANCE 
 
2. (C) During an October 17 meeting in Astana, Foreign 
Minister Marat Tazhin expressed appreciation to U.S. 
Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad for his 
attendance at the Common World ministerial meeting.  He said 
that such high-level U.S. participation was very important, 
especially since President Nazarbayev had first raised the 
idea of the Common World initiative with President Bush, when 
he visited Washington in September 2006.  Tazhin explained 
that the Common World had provided a rare opportunity for 
such a diverse group of countries, including both the United 
States and Iran, to come to agreement on a joint declaration. 
 He added that he was surprised that Iran, Saudi Arabia, and 
the Gulf states had accepted the Astana Declaration's 
language on human rights.  Ambassador Khalilzad said that the 
remarks delivered at the event had been less confrontational 
than he had expected, though he was surprised that Russian 
Foreign Minister Lavrov had chosen to focus on the Georgia 
conflict rather than the main topic at hand (i.e., bridging 
differences between the Muslim world and the West). 
 
AFGHANISTAN LAND TRANSIT AGREEMENT BY YEAR'S END 
 
3. (C) Khalilzad thanked Tazhin for Kazakhstan's support in 
Afghanistan and Iraq.  He explained that the situation in 
Afghanistan is difficult, but there is hope for better 
Afghanistan-Pakistan relations with new Pakistani President 
Zardari.  He stressed that additional support is needed from 
the international community and the pledges from the Paris 
donors' conference must be fully implemented.  Khalilzad said 
the United States very much welcomes Prime Minister Masimov's 
upcoming visit to Kabul.  As far as Khalilzad understood, 
Kazakhstan is considering additional ways to help 
Afghanistan, including sending officers to ISAF and allowing 
land transit of NATO supplies through Kazakhstani territory. 
 
4. (C) In response, Tazhin explained that Kazakhstan is 
sending two officers to ISAF headquarters and is considering 
sending medics to a medical unit.  He expected a land transit 
agreement to be finalized by the end of the year.  The 
Foreign Ministry had sent the proposed text to the Ministry 
of Transport and Communications.  There are no political 
problems with the agreement, though Kazakhstan was not 
pleased that NATO first raised the idea of a such an 
agreement with the Russians and only later approached 
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. 
 
DISAPPOINTMENT ON AFGHAN COPPER MINE 
 
5. (C) Tazhin reminded Khalilzad that Kazakhstan is 
implementing a $3 million humanitarian assistance program for 
Afghanistan for 2008.  While the financial crisis has made it 
difficult to persuade the government to allocate new money, 
Tazhin nevertheless expected Kazakhstan to continue providing 
such assistance in future years.  Khalilzad said it would be 
useful if Kazakhstan could provide support, even if largely 
 
ASTANA 00002080  002 OF 002 
 
 
of a symbolic nature, to help the Afghans deal with the 
winter's cold weather and food shortages. 
 
6. (C) Tazhin told Khalilzad that the failure of Kazakhstani 
copper giant KazakhMys to win last year's tender for the 
Aynak copper mine had dampened the interest of private 
Kazakhstani investors in Afghanistan.   KazakhMys had spent a 
considerable amount of money on the tender and had been 
willing to build a railroad as part of the deal, but had 
still lost out to a Chinese company.  Tazhin said that he had 
discussed this issue with National Security Advisor Hadley 
during their O
ctober 2 meeting in Washington.  All Kazakhstan 
wants, Tazhin stressed, is a level playing field for its 
investors. 
 
7. (C) Khalilzad asked Tazhin whether Kazakhstan might be 
interested in developing other resources in Afghanistan. 
Tazhin explained that the greatest interest was in copper, 
but noted that Kazakhstan has large oil and gas companies 
that might be interested if there are the right 
opportunities.  Khalilzad reminded Tazhin that there is gas 
in northern Afghanistan.  It was developed during the Soviet 
period, but nothing has happened with it in recent years. 
 
WORKING DAILY ON DEMOCRATIC REFORMS 
 
8. (C) Khalilzad told Tazhin that he hoped Kazakhstan would 
follow through on implementing further democratic reforms. 
Tazhin responded that this is an issue he is working on every 
day, noting with a smile, "I start with this every morning." 
 
9. (U) Ambassador Khalilzad has not/not cleared this cable. 
HOAGLAND

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