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President Abdullah Gül paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan between May 26 and 28 at the invitation of the Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

On Wednesday, May 27, Mr. Bakiyev received Mr. Gül in an official welcoming ceremony at Government House. Following the ceremony, Mr. Gül and Mr. Bakiyev had a tête-à-tête meeting and then chaired their respective delegations during the talks between the two countries. Afterwards, Mr. Gül and Mr. Bakiyev held a joint press conference.

Following the press conference, Mr. Gül attended the Turkey-Kyrgyzstan Business Forum meeting and participated in a foundation laying ceremony for Turkey's new embassy building in Bishkek as well as for a shopping centre to be built by a Turkish company.

Afterwards, Mr. Gül made his way to the Jusup Balasagun Kyrgyz National University, where the Science Committee's decision, dated May 22, 2009, was read out, to bestow the title of honorary professor on Mr. Gül for his contributions to the process of integration within the Turkic world as well as for the cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Turkey on education. Mr. Gül, wearing the academic gown, was presented with an honorary professor's diploma.

Mr. Gül also held talks with the Kyrgyz Prime Minister Igor Chudinov, and attended the official dinner given by Mr. Bakiyev in his honour.

On the third day of his visit, Mr. Gül visited the Jokorgu Kenesh, the legislature of the Kyrgyz Republic, and addressed its members. He then attended a ceremony opening a new building at the International Atatürk-Alatoo University (IAAU).

Later in the day, Gül visited Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University and went to inspect Ala Archa National Park. Mr. Gül flew to the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on the same day.

During Mr. Gül's visit to Kyrgyzstan, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on environmental protection.


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