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Embassy of Turkmenistan hosts friendly table tennis meeting at embassyDedicated to the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

A friendly table-tennis tournament among the diplomats was held at the Embassy of the Turkmenistan in Seoul on April 8, 2017 on the initiatives of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Seoul. It was in the light of the announcement the year 2017 as the Year of Health and Inspiration in Turkmenistan as well as in the framework of the upcoming 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
It was attended by deputy heads of mission and diplomats of varying ranks from the embassies of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic Uzbekistan and Ukraine, as well as representatives from the local media participated in the tournament.

Participants in the friendly table tennis meeting at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Seoul. Photo shows, from left, Third Secretary Ikram Rozmetov of Turkmenistan; First Secretary Yerzhan Amurtayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Second Secretary Shakhzod Kurbanov of Uzbekistan; Deputy Head of Mission Panko Panov of Bulgaria, Third Secretary Kim Yun-sik of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Counsellor Begench Durdiyev of Turkmenistan, Counsellor Oybek Shagazatov of Uzbekistan, First Secretary Davlatshoh Gulahmadov Tajikistan, Counsellor Asset Issenali of Kazakhstan, Counsellor Atai Namatbaev the Kyrgyz Republic, Admin Officer Ruslan Shoibekov Kazakhstan, First Secretary Pyryh of Ukraine, Counsellor Vagif Jafarov of Azerbaijan; Executive Secretary Shamamed Seyitmuradov of Turkmenistan, Second Secretary Aslan Askar of Kazakhstan and Administrative Officer Rustamjon Boboev of Tajikistan.

Also a number of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, responsible for the issues of the Central Asian countries, took part in the event.
Before starting the tournament a short briefing was held at the Embassy with the participation of representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and a number of local mass media with the aim of informing the foreign guests about the preparations for the forthcoming 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG-2017) as well as various sporting events, being organized in Turkmenistan and abroad dedicated to the aforementioned historical event, including numerous events being held within the framework of announcement the Year 2017 as the Year of Health and Inspiration in Turkmenistan.

The inscription reaeds: Winner 2017 Table-Tennis Tournament among Diplomats residing in the Republic of Korea. Dedicated to the "Year of Health and Inspiration and the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games." Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Republic of Korea. April 8, 2017, Seoul.

Also, the participants were acquainted with the main achievements and transformations in the political, trade-economic, social, cultural and humanitarian spheres of Turkmenistan during the years of Independence.
Concerning the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea in 2017, a high level of the bilateral relations and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries was noted.

Counsellor Oybek Shagazatov of Uzbekistan tries his skills with Admin Officer Rustamjon Bobev Tajikistan.

Then the table tennis tournament was started. The tournament was run in two separate contests with the aim to determine the absolute winner of the competition. Based on the results of the final playing, the winner was awarded with the Champion's Cup and the Certificate of the winner of the friendly table tennis tournament among diplomats. Other participants were solemnly awarded with Certificates of the participation in competition.
At the end of the competition, the participants were invited to a buffet of the traditional Turkmen meals, organized by the initiative of the Embassy.

Second Secretary Shakhzod Kurabanov of Uzbekistan (left) competes with Counsellor Asset Issenali of Kazakhstan.

During the above-mentioned activities the participants were also provided with printed materials on the upcoming 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, including the text of a special press-release in this regard, as well as with several copies of the special editions of the local magazines fully dedicated to the major achievements and reforms in the foreign and domestic political life of Turkmenistan being carried successfully under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan.

Park So-yeon  edt@koreapost.com

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