President visits culture, health facilities in southwest Azerbaijan

Fri 06 May 2011 09:48 GMT | 13:48 Local Time

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Ilham Aliyev has visited Agjabadi in southwestern Azerbaijan as part of a tour of the country's central and southern districts.

He toured the Uzeyir Hajibayli Karabagh Mugam Centre in Agjabadi on Friday and praised the work done there.

The centre, built in 2008, has winter and summer auditoriums that can seat 155.

Some of the 96 students from Agdam, Beylagan, Lachin, Kalbajar, Oguz and Barda districts, studying mugam at the centre, performed the mugam Karabakh shikastasi for the president.

Ilham Aliyev laid flowers at the bust of composer Uzeyir Hajibayli and viewed a photo stand showing his own support for mugam and that of of former President Heydar Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.

The president went on to visit the refurbished Yagub Mammadov Cultural Centre in Agjabadi.

Reconstruction of the Cultural Centre started in 2008. It now has a 304-seat auditorium, a modern lighting systems and dressing rooms.

Students at the centre performed the Azerbaijani classic, Sari Gelin (The Blonde Bride), for the president.

The president praised the work done and gave recommendations and instructions.

Ilham Aliyev went on to open a new building at Agjabadi's Chess School. He toured the classrooms and computer rooms and viewed more photo stands.

From culture he moved to health, laying the foundation for a new hospital in Agjadbadi.

The hospital will cover four hectares and have four main central buildings and three auxiliary buildings, Health Minister Ogtay Shiraliyev told the president.

The hospital will treat patients from Agjabadi and neighbouring districts.

The head of state talked to the builders and gave them advice and instructions.




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