During the historic visit to Kazakhstan David Cameron has raised human rights issue with President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Mr Cameron stated “Britain always stands up for human rights wherever we are in the world” and told a joint press conference he had raised the issue during the talks.
However, Mr Nazarbayev insisted the “key human rights” were secure in Kazakhstan and added: “Nobody has a right to instruct us how to live.”
The two leaders signed a new strategic partnership and deals worth £700m to British businesses were sealed during the visit.
They held talks on the presidential jet last night and visited the Irish Bar in Astana’s Rixos hotel for a nightcap before holding further discussions at the Al Orda Palace on Monday morning.
Mr Cameron said on Monday: “In the relationship Britain has with Kazakhstan and the relationship I have with President Nazarbayev nothing is off the agenda.
“We talked about a full range of subjects and that includes subjects including human rights, issues that we discussed at some length last night. I discussed, for instance, the letter written by Human Rights Watch and the concerns in that letter.
“I think it is very important that we have a frank dialogue on all of these issues and that is the way it should be.”
Mr Nazarbayev added that Kazakhstan had free elections and “no political oppression”, stressing that full democracy was the country’s goal.
The leader, who won 95.5% of the vote in election in April 2011, was also asked what advice he could give the British leader.
He said: “I believe that (with) such a great country with great traditions such as Great Britain, Kazakhstan maybe doesn’t have any moral right to actually give advice.
“But given my huge political experience maybe… monitoring, watching the activities of Mr Cameron, the way he actually protects the interests of the British people all over the world in all areas, I think he will be definitely demanded. Personally I would vote for him.”
Mr Cameron joked: “That’s one, I’ve just got (to get) about another 20 million and I’m in business.”
The Prime Minister gave the president a set of commemorative Wimbledon 2013 cufflinks, reflecting Mr Nazarbayev’s love of tennis. He received a commemorative coin set and a bound leather book of Kazakh stamps.
Kazakhstan is experiencing rapid growth due to its vast oil and mineral reserves.
The British Government hopes the business deals signed on this trip will be the start of a surge in trade, which could result in contracts worth £85bn over the coming years.
Source: Sky News