TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA) -- The General Governor Office of Golestan will renovate the tomb of Turkmen poet Makhtum-Qoli Faraghi in Aq-Tuqai village.

A budget of about $500,000 is dedicated for the tomb’s renovation as well as providing facilities for visitors and tourists and establishing a park there, the General Governor Office official Fathollah Nuri in a press released on Wednesday.

 

“Although Faraghi mentioned in his poems that he is Iranian and his tomb is located in Iran, some nations alleged that he is not an Iranian poet,” he mentioned.

 

The third congress on Turkmen poet Makhtum-Qoli Faraghi will be held on May 17 at Gonbad-e Kavus in Golestan Province.

 

The participating guests will also gather in the Iranian village of Aq-Tuqai where Makhtum-Qoli is buried, to commemorate the Turkmen poet.  

 

Several other cultural programs including a commemoration ceremony in the birthplace of Makhtum-Qoli, the village of Haji-Qushan, have also been arranged during the congress.

 

As the greatest Turkmen poet, Makhtum-Qoli (1733-1790) is considered to be the founder of authentic Turkmen literature by the people who speak the Turkic language.

 

A small number Turkic-speaking Iranian people live in Bandar Turkmen in the western portion of Golestan Province, in the southeastern Caspian Sea region.

 

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