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    In Presence of Uzbekistani President… ICESCO’s Director-General Participates in Opening of International Maqom Art Forum in Zaamin

    28 June 2024

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), took part in the opening ceremony of the 2nd International Maqom Art Forum in the esteemed presence of His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The forum, organized by the Uzbek Ministry of Culture in Zaamin between June 27-30, 2024, features a high-level attendance of 400 participants from around 80 countries.

    In his address during the opening ceremony, held on Thursday, June 27, 2024, His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev welcomed the Forum’s guests, underscoring Uzbekis tan’s pride in its cultural heritage, its efforts to preserve and enhance it and its openness to collaboration with international organizations to achieve this goal.

    In his remarks, Dr. AlMalik expressed his delight in participating in the forum, highlighting the values that shape the identity, history, and geography of Uzbekistan. These values embody pride, generosity, peace, justice, unity, and national cohesion, reflecting the ambitions and sacrifices of a population that has mastered the art of achieving its dreams and establishing its distinguished stature among rising nations.

    Moreover, Dr. AlMalik praised President Mirziyoyev’s leadership, which champions the fields of thought, science, and wisdom, and commended His Excellency’s focus on cultural advancement and the enhancement of Islamic civilization, as well as the organization of the Maqom Art Forum. Dr. AlMalik emphasized the honor bestowed upon ICESCO when President Mirziyoyev acknowledged that the Organization is “on the right path, drawing closer to kinship ties and the unifying civilization of our Islamic world.”

    Dr. AlMalik also highlighted Uzbekistan’s contribution to the Islamic and human civilization, mentioning notable figures such as Imam Al-Bukhari, renowned for his significant contributions to Hadith sciences; Al-Khwarizmi, the discoverer of algorithms; Ibn Sina, the founder of modern medical science; Al-Biruni, who established the first school of astronomy; and Al-Farabi, whose book, the Virtuous City, is celebrated.

    Dr. AlMalik concluded his speech by reaffirming ICESCO’s commitment to deepening its cooperation with all Uzbek institutions in education, culture, and science to preserve heritage and mobilize universities and research centers for a better future.

    Following, the musical performances commenced, showcasing traditional dances and songs that introduced attendees to Uzbekistan’s unique cultural heritage.

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