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Message of Congratulation from Nursultan Nazarbayev, President The Republic of Kazakhstan

2004/01/16

H.E. Mr. Zhang Deguang

Secretary-General of ShanghaiCooperation Organization

Beijing

I wish to extend my congratulations on the official inauguration of the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

I am firmly convinced that, under your leadership, the Secretariat will make tangible contributions to the development of SCO.As an important international organization, SCO is bound to guarantee security and stability in the region, and facilitate multilateral economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges between its members.

Kazakhstanattaches great importance to SCO.It is one of the prioritized strategies of the Kazakh foreign policy to help the organization establish itself as an authoritative international organization as soon as possible.

The active and constructive work of member states of SCO will be an important element in maintaining regional and global security and facilitating multilateral economic and trade cooperation.

It is one of SCO's priorities to gradually expand down-to-earth cooperation with specialized agencies of the United Nations, and various regional and sub-regional organizations.SCO was present at the United Nations' Counter Terrorism Committee meeting and has established links with ASEAN and OSCE.The launching of the Secretariat will create favorable conditions for a new regional cooperation system based upon equality and mutual benefits and closer coordination between countries in the region.

I hope SCO will evolve into a trustworthy, highly efficient and responsible international organization of countries in the region.

The relationship between the members of SCO should be built on the solid foundation of mutual trust, pragmatism, and a sense of historical responsibility to the fate of our countries and peoples.

I believe that SCO will always persist in its position of accommodating the interests and aspirations of all the peoples of its member states.

I wish Your Excellency good health and achievements in your leading post of SCO, a young international organization.

Nursultan Nazarbayev

President

The Republic of Kazakhstan

Astana,6 January 2004

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