The Royal visit of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin to Kazakhstan
Bernama news agency reports:
Astana (Kazakhstan), 12 September 2003, Friday. - The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was accorded a state welcome at the Presidential Palace here today on the second day of his state visit to Kazakhstan.
He is accompanied by the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah on the royal visit to this former Soviet Union republic, covering two cities, Astana and Almaty.
On hand to receive them were Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his eldest daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin inspected a guard of honour before Kazakh dignitaries and foreign diplomats, including Foreign Minister Kassymzhomart Tokayev and Kazakh ambassador to Malaysia Ikram Adyrbekov, were introduced to him.
Present were Information Minister Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob and Malaysian ambassador to Kazakhstan Tan Seng Sung. They later toured the Eurasian National University, one of the country's prominent universities, here, where Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was conferred an honorary professorship.
In his acceptance speech, he said Malaysia and Kazakhstan should look forward to introducing student exchange programmes to bring students of the two countries together.
"We welcome Kazakhstan students to come to Malaysia not only to study) but also to discover for themselves the beauty, excitement and diversities that have made Malaysia truly Asia: Like Kazakhstan, our country is also a multiracial and multireligious country, where people live together in peace and harmony,"he said.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin hoped that the bilateral relations would be transformed exponentially, leading to greater interaction not only at the political level but also in trade, tourism, cultural exchanges and greater people-to-people interaction.
The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992 following Kazakhstan's independence from the former Soviet Union the previous year.
Tuanku. Syed Sirajuddin also joined fellow Muslims in Friday prayers at the Central Mosque of Astana here.
The royal couple were feted to a luncheon by Kazakhstan's Speaker of Parliament Zharmakhan and later to a state banquet by Nazarbayev at the Sulanat Reception House here tonight.
Tomorrow, the royal entourage leaves for Almaty, better known as the cradle of Kazakhstani independence, to tour the Kasteyev Art Museum, Central State Museum as well as witness a traditional horse game, Kokpar.
Astana, 13 September, 2003, Saturday - Malaysia is willing to share its experience in nation-building with Kazakhstan, Yang di-Pertuan Angong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said.
He said since the establishment of I diplomatic relations between the two I countries in 1992, their ties had I gained new momentum through the exchange of visits of leaders and of officials.
"We are very pleased that Kazakhstan sees Malaysia as a role model in your efforts to develop your vast nation and you are welcome to share our experience in nationbuilding," he said at a State banquet hosted by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Saltanat Reception House last night.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah are on a three-day visit to Kazakhstan which started on Thursday, the first visit by a Malaysian head of state to this former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics country.
He said both countries should explore various fields of co-operation, including the educational sphere through student exchanges, to promote better cultural and social ties.
He said Kazakhstan students should come to Malaysia to pursue their studies because a high premium was placed on education as Malaysia aspired to be a fully developed nation by 2020.
At the international level, he said, both countries also shared similar views on issues of mutual concern, especially in the war against terrorism.
He said Malaysia condemned terrorism in all forms.