Almazbek Atambayev took the news of the death of Islam Karimov with deep sorrow. Official message of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic in connection with the death of the permanent head of the neighboring republic says.
Almazbek Atambaev sent a telegram to the widow of the president of Uzbekistan Tatyana Karimova and the chairman of the Parliament of Uzbekistan Nigmatilla Yuldashev. He expressed his condolences to the brotherly people and the leadership of Uzbekistan. The message states that he "took the news of the death of the outstanding statesman, bright and energetic politician and permanent leader of Uzbekistan with deep sorrow". The telegram states that Islam Karimov has showed himself as an experienced manager and a skilled organizer since the Soviet era. In the period of building independence in Uzbekistan he played a key role in strengthening the international position of the country, its success in the social and economic development.
"We knew Islam Karimov as a senior fellow, troubling himself on the strengthening of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek relations," the President of Kyrgyzstan said.
Kyrgyz President noted that the contribution of Islam Karimov to the establishment and development of bilateral Kyrgyz-Uzbek cooperation was really huge. Thanks to his tireless efforts, addressing of issues of bilateral and regional cooperation received a positive trend. The most complex issues which represented serious challenges have been resolved.
"I am sure that the preservation and strengthening of our friendship and partnership relations is the main purpose and meets the true interests of the peoples of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for the sake of which Islam Abduganievich has been conducting a tireless work," the message says.
In a telegram to the First Lady of Uzbekistan Tatyana Karimova, Almazbek Atambayev said that he took the news of the death of Islam Karimov with deep sadness. "His premature death caused a pain not only in my heart, but also in the hearts of all Kyrgyz citizens. We all remember Islam Abduganievich as an outstanding statesman, whose name is associated with the formation and dynamic development of the brotherly country. Talent of the state manager, sincerity, wisdom, surely won a lot of respect to Islam Karimov. I fondly remember the last meeting with him in Tashkent on June 23 in the framework of the SCO summit. Being a man of great soul and hard work, he sincerely felt with everything that happened in Uzbekistan, as well as in bilateral Kyrgyz-Uzbek relations," the message says.