Turkmenistan cultural officials visit Makhtum-Qoli tomb

TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) -- A group of Turkmenistan’s cultural figures visited the tomb of the great Iranian Turkmen poet Makhtum-Qoli in Golestan Province on May 18, the anniversary of the poet’s birth.

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


Makhtum-Qoli Faraghi is buried in Aq-Tuqai village. The delegation was here to pay their respect to the poet and was warmly received by the officials of Golestan Province


Turkmenistan TV reporter Oghul Jannat Bashimova regarded the poet a cultural commonality between Iran and Turkmenistan


“The monument of the poet is beautifully constructed and, as the Iranian officials have announced, the place will turn into a tourist destination in the future,” she told the Persian service of IRNA.


She also expressed her gratitude to Iranian officials for providing the means for the cultural officials to be able to travel to the province.


Turkmen author Araz Qilichyaz Qilichov, also among the delegation, said that he always wanted to visit the tomb of the poet.


He said that Makhtum-Qoli is a great symbol for Turkmen writers and poets, adding, “The anniversary of the birth of the poet is also celebrated in Turkmenistan, but it is the dream of each writer and poet to come to Iran on these days.”


He referred to the poet as the one who links the hearts of the two nations and enhances friendship between Iran and Turkmenistan.


A delegation of 70 poets and writers from Turkmenistan attended the third congress on Turkmen poet Makhtum-Qoli held at Gonbad-e Kavus in Golestan Province.


A small number of 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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