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Khalifa arrives in Turkmenistan

posted on 14/02/2006: 812 views

Ashgabat - President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived here yesterday on a two-day official visit to Turkmenistan. Sheikh Khalifa and accompanying delegation were received at Ashgabat International Airport by President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan.

Also present at the airport to receive Sheikh Khalifa and accompanying delegation were Ovezgeldi Ataev, Turkmenistan's Parliamentary Speaker, Aydog Dyev, Deputy Prime Minister, Rashid Meredov, Foreign Minister, a number of senior officials, Hassan Abdullah Al Adhab, UAE Ambassador to Turkmenistan and Gurbannazar Nazarov, Turkmenistan Ambassador to UAE.

The presidential motorcade proceeded to the Grand Mosque, some 22 kms away from the capital, Ashgabat. Sheikh Khalifa toured the mosque, an Islamic piece of art that also features the latest architectural developments. Opened in 2004, it is the biggest mosque in central Asia, with a total area of 136 hectares. The US $120 million mosque accommodates over 20,000 worshippers, and has an Islamic library, function halls, lecture rooms, conference halls and parking lots for 800 cars.

The motorcade then proceeded to the Presidential Palace where an official reception ceremony was offered in honour of Sheikh Khalifa. After hearing the national anthems of the UAE and Turkmenistan and inspecting teh guard of honour, President Sheikh Khalifa greeted senior Turkmen Government officials and representatives of the diplomatic corps, before proceeding with President Niyazov to the central reception lounge. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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