"Dear Kazakhstani friends. My wife Muliani and I, on behalf of the entire mission of the United States of America to Kazakhstan, would like to extend our warm greetings and congratulations on your Independence Day. We are so excited to be living and working in your beautiful country. And you have made us feel right at home with your kindness and hospitality. The U.S. is proud to be a partner with Kazakhstan. We appreciate the important role that Kazakhstan has played and continues to play in promoting peace, mutual understanding, and security in the region and in the world," Theodore Lyng said in a video posted on Facebook by the United States Embassy in Kazakhstan.