Vienna-based Georgian Musicians Help Development of Georgian Culture, Respond to President’s Initiative

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Thursday, 04 November 2021 10:16

Days following the official visit of President Salome Zourabichvili to the Republic of Austria, during which she called on Vienna-based Georgian cultural figures to participate in the development of Georgia, musicians Ketevan Sepashvili and Temo Kharshiladze took on the call and sent rare-edition music sheet books that were presented to the Talent Decade Tbilisi Musical School by Mr. Vladimer Onoprishvili, Advisor to the President on Cultural Affairs.

The Vienna musicians also gifted CDs of the works of Giya Kancheli, which the Administration sets to distribute as presents to high-level guests in a move to popularize Georgian music.


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    Confirming the commitment of both countries to unbreakable friendly and fraternal ties, the interlocutors stressed that all efforts would continue to be made to intensify fruitful bilateral cooperation in priority areas for the benefit of the Turkmen and Iranian peoples.

    At the end of the telephone conversation, the heads of stateы expressed confidence in the further successful development of Turkmen-Iranian cooperation and exchanged good wishes to each other and the peoples of the neighboring countries.

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    The heads of the Halk Maslakhaty and the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, members and deputies of both chambers of the national Parliament, deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, members of the State Security Council, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, military personnel and law enforcement officers, representatives of political parties, public associations, representatives of national and foreign mass media, local authorities and self-government bodies.

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    Then the honorary elders, representing all the velayats of the country and the city of Ashgabat, present the President of Turkmenistan with the appropriate distinctive badge. On behalf of the Turkmen people, they also express the most cordial congratulations to the head of state.

    It is solemnly announced that, in accordance with the Constitution of the country, the elected President of Turkmenistan has taken office.

    The National Anthem of Turkmenistan is played, in unison picked up by all the participants of the ceremony.

    President Serdar Berdimuhamedov bows his head before the State Flag of Turkmenistan and, following the age-old national tradition, kisses the edge of the sacred banner of the Motherland and applies it to his forehead.

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    * * *

    On the same day, an official reception was given in the Reception Center of Turkmenistan in honor of the inauguration of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov                                                

    * * *

    In the evening, festive events continued in the southern part of the Turkmen capital. On the square in front of the State Tribune, the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the participants of the celebration were met by popular vocalists and choreographic groups of the country.

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    * * *

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