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Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

This year Turkmenistan positioned itself as a hub for celebrations of Novruz Bairam, the spring holiday celebrated by much of the Turkic world and Iran, hosting an impressive array of heads of state from these countries that included Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Pakistan’s Asif Ali Zardari, Tajikistan’s Emomali Rahmon, Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai, the President of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhamov, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, Kasymjomart Tokayev, Turkey’s Energy Minister, Taner Yildiz and members of delegations from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The festivities, which included concerts, traditional performance, and equestrian shows from the countries represented, took place in the sub-mountain valley of Akhal.

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