Your Excellency President Nazarbayev,
Mr. Chairperson-in-Office, Minister Saudabayev,
Secretary General of the OSCE, Mr. Brichambaut,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Honorable Ministers, Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
President Nazarbayev, thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. I applaud your leadership to organize this hostoric OSCE Summit meeting in Astana.
As the first CIS and Central Asian country to head the OSCE, Kazakhstan is helping to guide the way to a new era of action and engagement.