Today is the Independence Day of Kyrgyzstan. Located in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is bordered to the north by Kazakhstan, to the west by Uzbekistan, to the southwest by Tajikistan, and to the southeast by the People’s Republic of China. Bishkek is the capital and largest city. The population is around 5.5 million. The Kyrgyz constitute around 65% of the population of Kyrgyzstan, followed by the Uzbeks and Russians comprising 14% and 13%, respectively.
In the late 1800s, Kyrgyzstan became part of the Russian Empire. In 1924, it became an autonomous region of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). in 1936, its status was upgraded to make it one of the 15 constituent republics of the USSR. Officially known as the Kirgiz Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR), it was also commonly known as Kirgizia. In 1991, Kyrgyzstan declared independence from the Soviet Union.
Agriculture is the economic backbone of Kyrgyzstan. The country is rich in mineral resources like antimony, gold, coal, uranium and other valuable metals. Metallurgy is being developed in the hope of attracting foreign investment.
Kyrgyzstan is a member of several regional and international organizations, including the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Community, the Non-aligned movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
We congratulate the people and government of Kyrgyzstan led by Their Excellencies, President Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev, Prime Minister Zhantoro Satybaldiyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich, Minister of Justice Almambet Shykmamatov, and Minister of Finance Olga Lavrova on the occasion of its Independence Day. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!
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