Head of State Nursultan Nazarbaev took part in the solemn opening ceremony of Kazakhstan’s year in Ukraine.
- We pay a special attention to deepening close ties with the friendly Ukrainian people in our country, Kazakhstan, where people of more than 130 ethnicities live together in peace and accord, including numerous Ukrainians. I congratulate all of you on the official opening of Kazakhstan’s year in Ukraine that marks the new stage of relations between our countries and peoples after obtaining independence. We have laid a strong basis of completely new relations based on high political trust, mutual respect and equal partnership. Kazakhstan and Ukraine interact closely in many areas. Bilateral commodity turnover between Kazakhstan and Ukraine exceeded the symbolic mark of one billion dollars in 2005, and was at 1.6 billion dollars in 2006. Active interaction between our countries is practically developed in all directions, - Nursultan Nazarbaev said in his speech.
The Head of Kazakhstan also conferred the Dostyk Order of second degree upon President Boris Patton of the National Sciences Academy of Ukraine for his contribution to the development of Kazakhstani-Ukrainian relations, to strengthening friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries.
A festive concert involving Kazakhstani pop stars was held after finishing the solemn part.