The Head of the State has greeted Doris Leuthard and expressed gratitude for her participation in the opening of the National Day of Switzerland within the international exhibition EXPO-2017.
- I welcome your first visit to our new capital. Recently, on August 1, in Switzerland there has been a national holiday; it is the Day of Confederation. I congratulate you on this triumph. Today you have opened the National Day at EXPO-2017. I hope you have enjoyed it. Your visit to the Expo is very important for us, the President of Kazakhstan said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the existing cooperation between the two countries and expressed hope for further deepening of bilateral economic and political relations.
- Switzerland is a very important partner of Kazakhstan in Europe. We cherish these relations and would like to develop them further. Trade between our countries is growing, and we are interested in expanding the Swiss business participation in our country. Now 300 enterprises are functioning; there can be more of them. I hope that your visit will further deepen our economic and political relations, the President of Kazakhstan said.
The Kazakh leader told the President of the Swiss Confederation about Astana’s architectural structures, which she could visit during her stay in Kazakhstan.
- I think that the first visit to the city, built in the last fifteen years, was interesting for you. We have constructed EXPO facilities during 3 years. Astana has got a lot of unique projects implemented that are off the scale. For example, a unique pyramid designed by architect Norman Foster, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
The Head of the State also noted such facilities as Nur Alem sphere, shopping and entertainment centre Khan Shatyr, new station of Nurly Zhol, Astana Opera opera and ballet theater and others.
In turn, Doris Leuthard expressed gratitude for the meeting and congratulated the President of Kazakhstan on the successful organization of EXPO-2017.
- Indeed, Nur Alem sphere is very impressive. I think that Astana Financial Centre, which will be located here, will get a very good prospect of its development. I also confirm that the business has a great interest in deepening relations, the President of the Swiss Confederation said.