The White House


September 22, 2003


Dear Mr. President:

Greetings to the religious and civic leaders gathering in Astana for the World Religious Congress. The United States strongly supports the Congress' objective of deepening inter-faith understanding to advance the cause of religious liberty, expand freedom, and eliminate the root causes of terrorism.

I salute you and the people of Kazakhstan for hosting this important event. For the United States, itself a multi-ethnic and religious diverse nation, these meetings underscore the importance of working with our friends in Central Asia to advance the values of tolerance and respect that form the foundation of democracy.

Sincerely,

/s/

George W. Bush
President


His Excellency
Nursultan Nazarbayev,
President  of Republic of Kazakhstan,
Astana