Nazarbayev gave a start to the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan
The Kazakh President awarded the Uzbek colleague with the order of “Dostyk” of the 1st degree.
In Astana, the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan was solemnly opened. At the ceremony, heads of the two states Nursultan Nazarbayev and Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended.
The leaders noted the importance of the events and long years of friendship and productive cooperation between the two states.
“The Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan reflects the true brotherly relations of the two states with centuries-old roots. They are added with the common history, rich spiritual legacy of our ancestors. We have a common outlook, conception of the world, common history, religion and traditions,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
The Kazakh President noted that Astana and Tashkent consistently demonstrated the common views on the key international issues, and developed the trade and economic cooperation.
One of the main events in the history of cooperation of the two states was called the denouncing the next 2019 year as the Year of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan by the President.
The Kazakh President noted that in Astana a monument of Alisher Navoiy was constructed. And noted that in Tashkent there are a monument of Abai Qunanbaiuly.
Nursultan Nazarbayev awarded Shavkat Meziyoyev the “Dostyk” order of the 1 degree.
The Uzbek President thanked the head of state for the award: “We should preserve and increase the spiritual properties of our states, based on ideals of humanism and kindness. From this point of view, over the last time, as a result of our political will and mutual aspiration to strengthen the ties of friendship, good neighbourliness and strategic partnership, we reached real breakthroughs in all directions of our interaction.”
At the solemn ceremony, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Kyrgyz President Sooranbay Jeenbekov addended. The Presidents of the Central Asian states held a first consultative meeting in Astana. The talks will be held annually before the Nauryz holiday.
The ceremony of opening of the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan continued with a concert. Renown Uzbek singer performed on the stage of “Astana Opera”. Among them: Yalla, Sayyora Gafurova and the youth symphonic orchestra of Uzbekistan, Savara Nazarhan, Fizlidin Husanov, a laureate of international competitions.