Nazarbaev last visited the EU in Brussels in December (official site)
January 30, 2007 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel today pushed her proposals for more EU involvement in Central Asia in conjunction with a meeting with visiting Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
Germany is the current holder of the presidency of the European Union, which is seeking to diversify its energy suppliers.
Merkel said that Germany can be a motor for deeper integration of Central Asia with the EU.
"Central Asia is a focal point of the German presidency of the European Union, and we support the European Union in that we are developing more intensive relations in that region, especially with Kazakhstan," Merkel said.
Nazarbaev reportedly welcomed Merkel's initiative toward Central Asia, but the two did not mention any specific energy project.