On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Kazakhstan as you celebrate your Independence Day this December 16. The United States was the first country in the world to recognize Kazakhstan's independence in 1991, so this December also marks 21 years of U.S.-Kazakhstani relations.
Today, through our Strategic Partnership Dialogue, the people of the United States and Kazakhstan continue to work closely together to improve economic ties, chart a responsible and reliable energy future, promote innovation through cooperation on science and technology, and enhance regional and global security. In Seoul this past spring, President Obama was privileged to meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and honor Kazakhstan’s global leadership on non-proliferation and disarmament issues. The United States is also working with Kazakhstan’s civil society, private sector leaders, and government officials to improve human rights and help build a more stable, secure, democratic, and prosperous future.
As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States joins with you in honoring Kazakhstan's cultural heritage and working together towards a peaceful and prosperous future.