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Kazakhstan Unhappy With Inclusion On 'Terrorism List'

Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Iliyas Omarov

Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Iliyas Omarov

ASTANA -- The Kazakh Foreign Ministry says it is concerned by the United States' decision to add Kazakhstan to a list of countries where terrorist actions are considered highly possible, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov said in Astana on July 21 that "we are puzzled and deeply concerned about the decision of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to add Kazakhstan to the list of the countries that have demonstrated the trend for the development and creation of terrorist organizations or the protection of such organizations or their representatives on their territory."

He said "the situation fundamentally contradicts the existing spirit of strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States, and therefore we expect our U.S. partners to take immediate action to correct it."

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security posted the new list on its website earlier this week.

In Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have been named as countries where terrorist organizations could be created or protected by the local authorities.

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