On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Kazakhstan as you celebrate the 15th anniversary of your constitution this August 30. The respect and interests our countries share are the basis of a strong partnership that enhances the security and prosperity of both our peoples.
The United States honors Kazakhstan’s constitution and its essential tenets: the right to life and liberty under a secular and democratic government, elections that are free and fairly administered, and a system of checks and balances that divides power among three branches of government. These concepts have been critical to the success of the United States and our democracy, and they helped secure Kazakhstan the chairmanship of the OSCE this year. In December, the people of Kazakhstan will have the opportunity to further underscore your commitment to democratic progress when you welcome the world to the OSCE summit in Astana. Your constitution is a strong foundation for the continued success of the Kazakhstani people, and it will ensure a long and meaningful relationship between our two countries.
I send all the people of Kazakhstan my best wishes on this special anniversary. Today we reaffirm our commitment to working together to build a peaceful and prosperous future.