ASTANA – Swiss President Doris Leuthard paid her inaugural visit to Kazakhstan Aug. 11 to unveil Swiss National Day at EXPO 2017 and meet with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Kazakh-Swiss cooperation documents were also signed as part of the trip.
The discussion between the two leaders acknowledged the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries and covered developing bilateral political and economic cooperation.
“I welcome your first visit to our new capital. On Aug. 1, Switzerland celebrated Swiss National Day and I congratulate you on this occasion. You also opened the national day at the expo today. I hope you enjoyed it. Your visit to the expo is very important to us,” said Nazarbayev during the meeting at the Akorda.
He also noted the high level of cooperation between the nations and expressed hope for its continued progress.
“For Kazakhstan, Switzerland is a very important European partner. We cherish our relations and seek to develop them further. Our trade turnover is growing and we are interested in expanding Swiss businesses’ participation in our economy. To date, there are 300 Swiss enterprises operating in Kazakhstan and the number can grow. I hope your visit further deepens our economic and political relations,” he added.
Leuthard thanked the Kazakh leader for the meeting and congratulated him on the expo’s success.
“The Nur Alem pavilion is indeed very impressive. I think that the Astana International Financial Centre, which will be located here, has very good development prospects. I also confirm that Swiss businesses have a great interest in deepening relations with Kazakhstan,” she said.
Speaking at the opening of the Swiss National Day at expo, Leuthard stressed the exhibition could become the basis for building a sustainable future.
“The world is changing. The environment, human values and stability are a big challenge in the 21st century. EXPO 2017 under…