The bilateral talks were preceded by an official welcoming ceremony at the “Akorda” Presidential palace. After the national anthems of the two countries were played, the Head of the Honor guard company gave a welcome report to the presidents of Kazakhstan and Switzerland. The Heads of state made a tour of the guard of Honor, and then proceeded to the “Eastern hall” for the meeting in the narrow format.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that Kazakhstan considers Switzerland as one of the most important partners of Kazakhstan on the European continent.
“We have a tradition of good cooperation in all spheres, especially in the economic sphere. Switzerland is one of the main trading partners and investors of Kazakhstan’s economy,” the President of Kazakhstan stressed.
The Head of State emphasized that the arrival of representatives of the Swiss business delegation together with the President will give a deeper meaning for this visit.
Ueli Maurer thanked Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for the warm welcome and stressed that his country considers Kazakhstan as a very important partner.
“We express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your political support. Our goals and ideals are close. As for economic relations, they have shown growth in recent years. I believe that the exchange of visits will contribute to the further strengthening of our ties,” the President of Switzerland noted.