Senate Congratulates Kazakhstan on the 10th Anniversary of its Independence
On December 20, 2001, during President Nazarbayev's visit, the United States Senate unanimously passed the Resolution # 194 (www.senate.gov) congratulating the people of Kazakhstan on the 10th anniversary of its independence.
Since gaining its independence, "Kazakhstan has made significant strides in becoming a stable and peaceful nation that provides economic opportunity for its people", the senators said in the resolution. They believe Kazakhstan plays "an important role in Central Asia by virtue of its large territory, ample natural resources, and strategic location".
Kazakhstan "has successfully partnered with United States companies in the development of its petroleum and natural gas resources", the senators said underscoring that according to the Department of Energy estimates, "Kazakhstan has up to 17,600,000,000 barrels of proven petroleum reserves and up to 83,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves".
The Senate said "Kazakhstan, under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has cooperated with the United States on national security concerns, including combating international terrorism, nuclear proliferation, international crime, and narcotics trafficking". The senators said this cooperation "has become even more important to the ability of the United States to protect the United States homeland" and particularly applauded the cooperation in the war against terrorism.
They congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the 10th anniversary of independence and said they were "looking forward to further enhancing the economic, political, and national security cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United States".