Embassy of Kazakhstan
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May 29, 2007   

Kanat Saudabayev Moves on to Become Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State

Ambassador Kanat Saudabayev, who
has been posted in Washington for
six and a half years, was appointed
by President Nursultan Nazarbayev
as Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State,
one of the highest positions in the
country with broad responsibilities,
on May 15, 2007.

The position of the Secretary of State
is called for in Kazakhstan’s
Constitution and ranks fifth in
seniority, behind the President, the
Prime Minister and the speakers of
both houses of Parliament. In
Kazakhstan, the Secretary of State
oversees important national programs
in both domestic and foreign policy,
including: the work to promote peace
and accord in a country of more than
100 ethnic groups and 40 religions;
the development of democracy and 
civil society; the selection of
Kazakh youngsters for study in
world’s premium universities under the “Bolashak” (Future) presidential scholarship; granting and repealing citizenship; the fight against corruption, as well as other issues as determined by the President.

Kazakhstan’s new Secretary of State said on the occasion: “I will always remember with special fondness my years in the United States. Many of my sincere and kind friends remain there whose support helped be bring my modest contribution to strengthening Kazakhstan-U.S. relations. Today, these relations are at a level of true strategic partnership. Last year’s landmark visit by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his meetings with President George W. Bush showed the firmness and scope of this partnership directed into the future. We are grateful to the United States for its support of Kazakhstan’s new stage of democratic development in light the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution, and look forward to working closely in the future. In my new position, I will continue to spare no effort in strengthening friendship between our peoples and the mutually beneficial cooperation between our countries.”


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Kanat Saudabayev has already started work as the Secretary of State in Astana and held his first press conference in the Ak Orda presidential residence.