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Festival of friendship opens on Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border
The Festival of Friendship of Turkmen and Uzbek peoples opened today in the Turkmen city of Dashoguz, located near the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border. The best musical and theater groups, eminent figures of culture and art of the two countries participate in the festival.

Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Islam Karimov sent a joint message to the festival participants. "Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are linked very much. This, above all, is common historical and spiritual roots, culture, traditions, customs, kinship, affinity of language and mentality," the message says.

"Traditionally friendly and fraternal relations between the two nations now find even a deeper meaning. We have huge, yet unexplored opportunities and potential for the large-scale expansion of bilateral cooperation for the benefit and in the interest of our peoples," the two leaders emphasized.

As Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, concerts, theater performances, joint exhibition of masters of fine and decorative art, museum exhibitions, demonstration of Turkmen and Uzbek films will be held as part of the festival.

A rich cultural program has been prepared for the guests from Uzbekistan, including visits to famous monuments of the ancient oriental architecture in the Kunyaurgench Historical and Cultural Reserve.

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