ASHGABAT (TCA) — A presentation of a new book by Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, “Turkmenistan – the heart of the Great Silk Road,” took place in Ashgabat with participation of members of the Turkmen Government, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations, the public and mass media, the Golden Age Newspaper reported on October 21.
The name of the new book — “Turkmenistan – the heart of the Great Silk Road,” chosen by Turkmen citizens as the slogan of 2018, reflects the concept of modern development of the country based on its historical experience, traditions of peace-making and good neighborliness, and desire for regional and global integration and progress.
The main idea of the book is the understanding of the initiative and creative position of neutral Turkmenistan in the international arena through the prism of its history. A multi-aspect analysis of the civilization phenomenon of the Great Silk Road, which has played a great role in the development of economic, diplomatic, scientific and cultural connections between the East and the West, highlights the role of Turkmenistan with its favorable geopolitical location.
At the presentation, the UN Permanent Representative in Turkmenistan Elena Panova highlighted the importance of the new book by President Berdymukhamedov, published in three languages, in the context of understanding by a wide readership including the foreign one, the meaning of democratic, social and economic changes in the country, as well as international initiatives of the Turkmen Head of State.
Executive Secretary of Turkmenistan’s National Commission on UNESCO Affairs Guvandyk Polatov noted the importance of the new edition for the popularization of spiritual, historical and cultural components of the Great Silk Road phenomenon, particularly its Turkmen part where great monuments like Ancient Merv, Kunyaurgench and Parthian strongholds of Nisa, which are registered in the World Heritage List, are located.