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09/05/11 - President of Turkmenistan ends visit to Uzbekistan

posted 15 Jan 2012, 04:40 by Ambasciata Uzbekistan

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited Bukhara on May 6.
Bukhara is one of the sacred cities of Uzbekistan, one that has injected a remarkable input into the development of world civilization. With its grand thinkers, peerless historical shrines and architectural masterpieces, Bukhara has helped fame Uzbekistan to the entire globe.
Islam Karimov and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov traveled to the memorial complex of splendid scholar Bahouddin Naqshband. Wide-scale efforts in the wake of independence were designed to reinstate the national cultural and spiritual values, to revamp historic monuments – with what tourists have said a startling outcome.
As early as in 1993, President Islam Karimov initiated the reconstruction of this celebrated monument timed to the 675th birthday anniversary of Bahouddin Naqshband. As a result, the original appearance of tombs, mosques, madrassahs was re-established, and the complex became a shrine for worship.
The two Presidents journeyed to Samanids mausoleum. This premier sample of the Eastern art of building has an exceptional architectural solution: the catacomb is erected on extraordinarily accurate geometrical calculation.
Then the two heads of state visited Poyi Kalon complex. The ensemble comprising Masjidi Kalon, Minorayi Kalon and Mir Arab madrassah, has impressed the leader of Turkmenistan to the end, he declared.
Once at Labi Hovuz complex, Islam Karimov and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov toured the Nodir Devonbegi madrassah, where they appraised the goods of national crafts masters, namely, embroidered skullcaps and golden-embellished robes, carpets and apparels, elegant products of ceramics and metals, national miniatures, music instruments, and much other merchandise. The Presidents had a talk with local craftspeople who noted that small business and private entrepreneurship, including national handiworks, have been afforded titanic impetus in Uzbekistan.
The chief of Turkmen state mentioned in particular that Bukhara has attained a modern image along with restored historic monuments in the wake of independence, stimulating tourism to thrive a great deal.
Uzbek-Turkmen summits have had their own traditions established. For instance, during his visit to Turkmenistan in 2010, President Islam Karimov was presented gift – a pedigree racer horse. This time around, the head of Uzbek state has presented Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with a Captiva off-roader manufactured at Asaka automotive factory.

The two leaders traveled to Bukhoro Madaniy Markazi (Bukhara Cultural Center) constructed at President Karimov’s initiative, on a 107-hectare land. Unique trees as much as the assortment of flowers growing here amuse the eye. A magnificent monument ‘Ancient and Eternal Bukhara’, a symbol of the marvelous past and the current prosperity of the city, dominates the complex in its center. The memorial has names of glorious thinkers inscribed on it, ones who the Uzbek people have taken pride in. The commemorative has also the renowned monuments drawn on its walls. Moreover, the complex boasts an amphitheater and regional music drama theater. Obvious are the vast preparations for the festival with arts masters from the two nations – also an integral part of bilateral meeting at the highest level.

All in the theater welcomed the two heads of state with applause. Uzbek and Turkmen arts foremen and women superbly performed folk songs, melodies and dances unique to the two peoples. Toward the end of concert, singers from the two countries together intoned a song about Motherland, testifying to the cultural and spiritual community of Uzbek and Turkmen peoples.
That occasion wound up President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Turkmenistan’s leader suggested the visit has proved fruitful, and expressed gratitude to President Islam Karimov for “a heartfelt and affable welcome”. The head of Turkmen state requested that his Uzbek counterpart visit Turkmenistan in time comfortable for him.
The two Presidents articulated that the deals reached and documents inked during the visit would ultimately serve advancement of the two countries, elevation of wellbeing of the two peoples and the further enrichment of the Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation.