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Turkmenistan President has made a small hajj

15.04.2007 08:41 msk

ITAR-TASS

Turkmenistan

While staying in Saudi Arabia Turkmenistan President visited relics of islam in sacred Mecca, where he went through ceremonies of small hajj (umra), ITAR-TASS informs. Unlike hajj when visiting sacred places is carried out in the time strictly defined by lunar calendar, each Moslem can perform an umra in any month throughout the year.

Saudi Arabia is the first country Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow visits after his appointment to the post in February this year. In Jidda he will carry on negotiations with Saudi king Abdullah ibn Abdel Aziz Al Saud "on bilateral relations’ prospects, and also a number of the international problems". The negotiations are expected to result in signing an agreement on cooperation in trade and economic; humanitarian spheres which will enhance mutual relations between the two countries.

Diplomatic relations between Ashkhabad and Er Riyadh were established in 1992. This very time the first Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov visited Saudi Arabia and made a small hajj.