For the Untied States, it is important that the new president of Kazakhstan respects democratic values, US ambassador to Kazakhstan William Moser has said.

Washington expects that Kazakhstan adheres to its Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) commitments and holds fair upcoming presidential elections, regional newspaper Ak Zhaiyk (western Kazakhstan) quoted Moser as saying in an interview during his visit to Atyrau, the oil capital of Kazakhstan, where the US oil and gas giant Chevron operates.

The US diplomat reminded that he visited Atyrau for the first time 20 years ago, as has seen dramatic changes across the country since that time.

“We were very pleased with the process of transition of power in Kazakhstan. It was a wise transition, which demonstrated the stability of this country. But at the same time, we expect that Kazakhstan respects its OSCE commitments in the electoral process, which means it will be fair and open,” the US ambassador said.

Moser stressed that the decision on the choice of the president belongs only to the people of Kazakhstan, but he expressed hope that a good and open electoral process will take place in the country.

The principal value for the United States in building a dialogue with the new president of Kazakhstan, the ambassador said, is respect for democratic values.

“Secondly, we would like to support our economic ties with Kazakhstan. Thirdly, we have good important joint programs. For example, FBI provides assistance to the office of the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan, we work together on searching for criminals. This is mutually beneficial both for us and you,” he said. “Another example is cooperation with border guards. Because if Kazakhstan’s borders are secure, that’s good for us. There are very many mutually important examples of cooperation for both countries.”