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27.01.09 11:41

Turkmenistan marks Day of Homeland Defenders for the first time

On 27 January 2009, Turkmenistan is for the first time celebrating Day of Homeland Defenders which was established by the decree of the head of state. Today is also the 17th anniversary of the establishment of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan. Turkmen President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan, Army General Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sent a message of congratulations to the military personnel of Turkmenistan.

"Independent Turkmenistan, our fatherland, that our ancestors dreamed of so much and loved devotedly and stood up for staunchly, is dear to us. Our sacred duty is to glorify and defend it," the message said. The text of the message was published in central print media of Turkmenistan.

"We devote our knowledge, labor, inspiration and energy to a new revival of our fatherland. We will spare no effort to position ourselves as a state advocating for peace and prosperity, maintaining friendly relations and mutually beneficial and equal cooperation with all countries, first of all neighboring countries, as a state committed to the policy of neutrality and regional peacemaker. That is why our foreign policy and our initiatives that are based on humanism, reliable and equal relations, enjoy wide-spread support of the international community," the president said.

"Day of Homeland Defenders is a significant event for the country, people and the National Army. We will continue celebrating this day at the highest level to demonstrate our pride, unlimited love and deep respect to the Armed Forces and courageous soldiers," the Turkmen leader noted.

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