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SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: PRESIDENT SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR INVESTMENT IN
AFGHANISTAN

1. (U) In an April 19 speech before the 6th Annual Eurasia Media
Forum in Almaty, President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared that
Kazakhstan and its Central Asian neighbors must take some
responsibility for reconstructing Afghanistan, in part to help
create a "belt of economic well-being" that would serve as a
reliable barrier to international terrorists, religious extremists,
drug traffickers, and illegal migration. Nazarbayev noted that
Kazakhstan has already shipped 3,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan,
as well as 85,000 tons of grain through the UN Global Food Program.
The president also said that Kazakhstan is currently developing a
"Special Action Program" to increase humanitarian and economic
cooperation with Afghanistan and invest in the Afghan economy. He
announced that Kazakhstan plans to construct a school in the
Samangan region and a hospital in the Bamian region, and will
encourage Kazakhstani companies to enter the Afghan market.

2. (SBU) On April 26, Talgat Shaldanbai, the desk officer at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for Afghan issues, confirmed
to Poloff the ongoing development of a "Special Program to Support
the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." Shaldanbai explained that the
program is in the early drafting stage, but will eventually include
cultural, humanitarian, investment, and economic support components,
as well as plans for providing training and expertise to Afghan
institutions. Shaldanbai said that Kazakhstan was "80%" certain
that it would build a school in Samangan, and was still working with
the Government of Afghanistan on the possibility of building a
hospital in the Bamian region.

3. (SBU) Comment: Although Kazakhstan's Special Action Program for
Afghanistan remains in its very early stages, President Nazarbayev's
public call for investment in Afghanistan signals a growing
recognition that Central Asia's fate is linked to Afghanistan's
fate. Post will continue to encourage and support Kazakhstan's
investment and reconstruction initiatives in Afghanistan. End
comment.

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