Reception dedicated to upcoming Asian Games Flame lighting ceremony held in Kuwait

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ASTANA. January 11. KAZINFORM Kazakh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Kairat Lama Sharif organized a reception dedicated to upcoming ceremony of lighting and torch relay ceremony for the Asian Games - 2011 in Al-Kuwait, the press service of the Embassy reports.

A Kazakh delegation headed by Minister of Tourism and Sport Temirkhan Dosmukhanbetov, representatives of the Olympic Council of Asia as well as foreign diplomatic corps accredited to Kuwait took part in the reception.

передача огня Addressing the guests T.Dosmukhanbetov noted that holding of the Winter Games is a unique historic event for Kazakhstan and will become an important landmark of the independent state's history. The Minister thanked the Olympic Council of Asia for the efforts on strengthening the sport contacts between Kazakhstan and Kuwait and rendered assistance in preparation for the Asian Winter Games.

T.Dosmukhanbetov also said that he was satisfied with the dynamics of bilateral relations development between Kazakhstan and Kuwait the base of which was founded by President N.Nazarbayev during his official visit to Al-Kuwait in 1997. He expressed assurance that the first official visit of Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Astana scheduled this year would become an important event in the history of relations of the two states and raise it to a new level.

President of the Olympic Council of Asia, Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in his turn highly appreciated Kazakhstan's preparation for holding the VII Asian Winter Games. According to him, this large-scale event transforms the vision of Kazakhstan as a country aimed at the highest sport achievement.

As earlier reported, in May, 2007 the President of the Olympic Council of Asia awarded President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev with the highest award of the Council for his contribution to sport development in the Asian continent.

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