Kaza­khstan thanks Bo­rat

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KAZA­KHSTAN has is­sued an of­fi­cial ‘Thank you’ to comic Sacha Baron Co­hen for his smash hit flick

Bo­rat, say­ing it has been bril­liant for tourism.

The 2006 mock­u­men­tary – chart­ing a fic­tional Kazakh TV per­son­al­ity played by Co­hen, 40 – took the p*ss out of the for­mer Soviet state.

On its re­lease Bo­rat was BANNED in Kaza­khstan for of­fend­ing the en­tire na­tion.

But now min­is­ters have per­formed a U-turn, ad­mit­ting the flick has done won­ders for at­tract­ing vis­i­tors.

For­eign Min­is­ter Yerzhan Kazykhanov told the coun­try’s par­lia­ment this week: “I salute Bo­rat for help­ing at­tract tourists.”

In the flick Bo­rat is seen snog­ging the face off his sis­ter, keep­ing a cow in his Kazakh liv­ing room and drop­ping a bag full of live chick­ens on a New York sub­way train.

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