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15 March 2018
Joint Statement of the Heads of Central Asian States on the Bright Holiday of Nauryz

We, the Presidents of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, cordially congratulate the nations of Central Asia on Nauryz, the common holiday for all of our area.

We emphasize that on February 23, 2010, the holiday was recognized by the UN General Assembly Resolution as the International Day of Nauryz and was included by UNESCO in the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

For its thousand-year history the Nauryz Holiday has become a symbol of the revival and renewal of nature and society, spiritual purification and self-improvement of a human being. This blessed holiday epitomizes prosperity, unity, brotherhood and mutual support; all those enduring cultural and historical values ​​that unite our nations. We must cherish and develop this great heritage, inherited from our common ancestors.

The period of celebrating Nauryz at all times is accompanied by the consolidation of human and family relations, ties of friendship and good neighbourliness, a special hospitality between neighbours. This is important today for our countries, united by the common history, culture, way of life and traditions.

It is very symbolic that on the eve of this general holiday we express our desire for regional cooperation, mutual support, and joint solution of topical issues in order to ensure security, stability and sustainable development of our entire region.

Mutually beneficial trade, economic and investment cooperation, the expansion of the regional transit and transport infrastructure, the rational development of water, energy and food potential, the development of industry and processing industries, the use of advanced technologies and innovations, the advancement of the digital economy will contribute to the sustainable growth of the well-being of the Central Asian nations.

Realizing our historical responsibility for preserving and strengthening the relations of mutual respect, friendship and unity between our peoples, we call for deepening cooperation in the sphere of culture and art, education and science, tourism and sports.

On the eve of the vernal equinox, the holiday of renewal and spiritual cleansing, we wish the people of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as all the nations of our planet peace and well-being, welfare and joy, progress and success.

Let Nauryz bring prosperity and happiness to every family!


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