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    ASTANA, MARCH 3, RIA NOVOSTI - President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, now in Saudi Arabia on an official visit, intends to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, and another one to the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, where he will attend Friday public worship, reports the Kazinform, Kazakhstan's government news agency.

    Today, President Nazarbayev was received by Crown Prince Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz al Saud, who is ruling the country in lieu of his ailing father, King Fahd, 81.

    The conferees discussed bilateral partnership, particularly trade and other economic contacts. President Nazarbayev called Saudi entrepreneurs to invest in many Kazakh economic branches, oil-and-gas industry included.

    His Royal Highness Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz decorated the visitor with the Order of Great Badr. President Nazarbayev was the first CIS country leader to receive it. In response, he awarded the high Kazakh Order of Dostyk (Friendship) to the Crown Prince.

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