Mr. Kadir Topbaş, the mayor of Istanbul; Mr. Sooronbai Zheenbekov, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan; Mr. Numan Kurtulmuş, the minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey; Mr. Vasip Şahin, the governor of Istanbul and a large number of Kyrgyz and Turkish invitees attended the solemn opening ceremony of the monument.
The ceremony was opened with legends of excerpts from the Manas epic.
Mayor Mr. Topbaş stressed that today is a landmark event for theTurkish and Kyrgyz peoples. "Today we will write a new letter in history. The opening of the monument to Manas is very important not only for the Kyrgyz, but also for the Turks. The Manas epic is an encyclopedia in world culture. And we are proud that the monument to Manas is erected in Istanbul," he said.a
Mr. Sooronbai Zheenbekov, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan said that today there is a big event for the entire Kyrgyz people. "We are opening a monument to the great Manas in the historical land of Turkey. This is a historic moment, which proves the unity of the Kyrgyz and Turkish peoples. I am sure that this will strengthen the ties between our countries," the prime minister said.
Zheenbekov noted that it is a great honor for the Kyrgyz people to establish a monument to Manas in Istanbul. The epic with a volume of 500 thousand lines is a great wealth for world literature.
"Since 1991, when our country gained independence, to this day the friendly Turkish people continue to help us. Turkey was one of the first to recognize the independence of Kyrgyzstan. Turkey will always remain a close friend and reliable partner for the Kyrgyz people," the head of the Cabinet said.
This project is conditioned by the need to deepen cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the Turkish and Kyrgyz peoples, as well as great interest of Turkish scholars and intellectuals to study the unique literary work - the Kyrgyz heroic Manas epic.