Kazakhstan is seeking to play a greater role as a supply route for NATO into Afghanistan.

A significant portion of non-lethal goods in NATO's northern distribution network, in which cargo is transited from the West to Afghanistan through Central Asia, already passes through Aktau, a key Kazakh sea port. 

Aktau could also soon become part of an integrated network linking Asia with Europe, a US-backed initiative called the New Silk Road that aims to improve relations between Central Asian countries and the West. 

Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Aktau. 

Source: Al Jazeera