Days of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation in Turkmenistan kicked off in Ashgabat. The opening ceremony took place at the Palace of Mukams of the State Cultural Center. It was attended by visiting President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation Rustam Minnikhanov.

The President of Tatarstan delivered a welcoming speech and congratulated the people of Turkmenistan on the forthcoming 25

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anniversary of the country’s independence.

The official part of the ceremony was followed by a joint concert by masters of art of the Republic of Tatarstan and Turkmenistan.

An exhibition of works of arts and crafts, works by masters of decorative and applied arts and reconstructed rarities of Tatarstan was set up at the foyer of the Palace of Mukams. The exhibits included pieces of the national costume and jewelry, works by wood carvers and calligraphers, leather mosaic, tambour embroidery and musical instruments. The exhibition also presented the achievements of Turkmenistan.

The State Library of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan hosted a meeting of artists, writers and journalists of the two countries.