Samarkand Square opens in French city of Digne-les-Bains

27 Sep 2011

Samarkand Square opens in French city of Digne-les-Bains

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A new square named after one of Uzbekistan’s ancient cities, Samarkand, has been inaugurated in the French city of Digne-les-Bains, the administrative centre of Alpes de Haute Provence. The days of Uzbekistan in Digne-les-Bains were held on 23-25 September to mark the opening of the new square as well as the 20th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence.

The Samarqand Square is located in the area of Truyas in the north-eastern part of Digne-les-Bains.

The events were attended by representatives of official, socio-political, business and cultural circles of the department as well as France’s regional media. Addressing those attending the opening ceremony, the mayor of Digne-les-Bains, Serge Gloaguen, expressed his sincere congratulations on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence and said that “the inauguration in France of the new square in honour of one of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan is a symbolic event in French-Uzbek bilateral relations”.

Gloaguen said that the unanimous decision adopted by the mayor’s office and the municipal council of Alpes de Haute Provence to open the square is recognition by the French side of the rich spiritual, cultural and historical heritage of the ancient city of Samarqand, a cradle of the world civilisation. “In this respect, the opening of the new Samarkand Square in France, as Uzbekistan marks the historic occasion of the twentieth anniversary of its independent development, is our modest gift to the country.”

A conference dedicated to Uzbekistan was held at the mayor’s office of the city of Digne-les-Bains, where there was a presentation of Uzbekistan’s historic, tourism and economic potential; detailed information was given on the historic, spiritual, cultural heritage as well as the social and economic development of the country.

The deputy mayor of the city of Digne-les-Bains for the issues of urbanism, Colette Charriau,said that that day would be remembered by the residents of Digne-les-Bains as the day of establishing long-lasting ties with Uzbekistan. “I believe by having named one of the squares of our city after legendary Samarkand, we have set the foundations for the economic, cultural and educational exchanges between the residents of our region and your country.”

The deputy mayor of Digne-les-Bains for the issues of sports, tourism and local democracy, Florence Viti-Bertin, believes that the naming of one of the squares of the city of Digne-les-Bains in honour of Samarkand is opening a new page in the further development of friendly relations between Uzbekistan and France.