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Kyrgyz-Tatar Education Agreements Signed


The ministers of education and science of Tatarstan, Albert Gilmutdinov (left), and Kyrgyzstan, Kanat Sadykov, sign an agreement in Kazan.

The ministers of education and science of Tatarstan, Albert Gilmutdinov (left), and Kyrgyzstan, Kanat Sadykov, sign an agreement in Kazan.

BISHKEK/KAZAN -- A Kyrgyz delegation led by Education Minister Kanat Sadykov and officials of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan have signed cooperation agreements in education and science in Kazan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyz Education Ministry spokeswoman Ainura Kanimetova told RFE/RL the sides also discussed cooperation at the secondary-school level and in higher education.

There are currently about 100 Kyrgyz students studying at universities in Tatarstan. Additionally, a so-called "Multinational Sunday School" operating in Kazan's Vakhit district has a department that teaches in the Kyrgyz language.

Sadykov's delegation arrived in Kazan on February 6 and is due to return to Kyrgyzstan on February 10.

Kyrgyz and Tatars speak a similar Turkic language and share a cultural and religious affinity.

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