On April 17, in Ufa, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov and Acting Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov took part in a solemn opening of the Days of the Republic of Tatarstan in Bashkortostan.
Before the concert, Minnikhanov and Khabirov got acquainted with with the cultural and educational exhibition project “The Bridge of Friendship”.
Under the project, in one of the halls of the Bashkortostan State Concert Hall, a presentation of the diversity of the history and culture of the Bashkir and Tatar peoples was held. The exhibition presented Bashkir and Tatar national costumes, a range of literature, historical documents and also a master class on national ornaments was organized.
“This evening is dedicated to the strong friendship of two fraternal peoples. For many centuries, our ancestors have argued with their feats of arms and
labor that the brotherhood of nations is the strongest foundation for the well-being and prosperity of our Fatherland,” Khabirov said at the opening ceremony.
He said that over one million Tatars live in Bashkortostan. “This is the largest Tatar diaspora outside of Tatarstan. They feel great in our republic. I want to thank Tatarstan President for the support of the Bashkir diaspora in Tatarstan. We can achieve more together,” Khabirov added.
In his turn, Minnikhanov congratulated the Bashkortostan citizens on the 100th anniversary of the Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. He noted that the Days of Tatarstan in Bashkortostan were organized for the first time in over 30 years. “Today, there is no one closer than Tatar and Bashkir. We had a meeting with representatives of the Tatar community.
The issues that are close to all of us emerged in all the speeches, in particular, the preservation of the native language, national traditions and customs. Tatarstan and Bashkortostan are the two leading regions of Russia, we have much in common. Our friendly relations should only get stronger!” Tatarstan President said.