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Diplomats from Turkmenistan take part in conference on World War II and veterans from Central Asia

Diplomats from Turkmenistan take part in conference on World War II and veterans from Central Asia

The Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan, the International Institute of Central Asia and the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan organized the scientific and practical conference "The Second World War in the history and memory of the peoples of Central Asia: events, participants, symbols," which was held in Tashkent with the participation of representatives of Turkmenistan. The event was held at the "Victory Park" Memorial Complex. Ambassadors, military attaches and staff of the Russian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean, American, British, German and Italian diplomatic missions, as well as the head of the SCO Public Diplomacy Center, Central Asian experts in World War II and university students participated in the conference. The participants laid flowers at the "Ode to Fortitude" memorial.

The mission and objectives of the event were to provide a scholarly understanding of the contributions of the Central Asian nations to the overall triumph in World War II, to identify the moral and cultural origins of the heroic deeds of veterans from Central Asia, to increase public interest in the study of national history of regional countries, and to provide patriotic education for young people.

The conference was opened by Uzbek Deputy Defense Minister Hamdam Karshiev, who noted that the nations and land of the former Soviet republics suffered most directly as a result of World War II. The deputy defense minister of Uzbekistan emphasized that Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan bow with the greatest respect before the heroism, spiritual fortitude and patriotic self-sacrifice of veterans who did not spare themselves on the front lines and in the hot work on the home front.

Anvar Nasirov, Director of the International Institute of Central Asia, noted the enormous role of the Central Asian region, which has become a strong rear, providing the frontline needs. The scientist stated that Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan sent to the front over 4 million sons and daughters, 1.5 million of whom never returned home, and 780,000 were holders of orders (including 1,000 Heroes of the Soviet Union and 250 full Cavaliers of the order of Glory). Also the Central Asian states became home and workplaces for 3 million inhabitants of the occupied and front-line territories during the evacuation.

All speakers noted that the victory in World War II was achieved through the contribution of all nations. Those present expressed their conviction that the nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, preserving the memory of the military and labor exploits of veterans, will unanimously make every effort to preserve peace and well-being as the greatest sacred things.

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