James Cleverly uses his visit to Kazakhstan to talk about avoiding Russia and getting support for exports.
JAMES Cleverly, who is in Kazakhstan on official business, is decked out in furs.
Avoiding former ally Russia, the Foreign Secretary met with the central Asian nation to discuss export support.
Before signing a memorandum on supplies of critical minerals, he met with Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and other high-ranking officials.
Mr. Cleverly also noted that the United Kingdom “greatly appreciates” Kazakhstan’s stance of not backing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The United Kingdom “greatly appreciates” Kazakhstan’s “consistent and principled position” in supporting Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” and “your desire to bring about resolution to the war in accordance with the UN charter,” he said.
Mr. Cleverly elaborated on the problems with shipping oil out of Kazakhstan.
Moreover, he offered suggestions for encouraging the growth of less-traveled corridors like the so-called Middle Corridor.
Diplomats from Cleverly and Kazakhstan said they signed an agreement regarding the sharing of critical minerals like rare earth metals, but gave no further details.