Russian Oleg Kononenko sent a congratulatory letter to the Turkmen leader and congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on his 63rd birthday.
“As a native of Turkmenistan, the land that gave me a start in life, I am proud and happy to see that, under your leadership, my Motherland has become respected and authoritative member of the international community, dynamically developing state with stable political system, strong economy, and powerful social sector that is opened for innovation and advanced knowledge,” the message says.
“For me personally, your decision to start the development of the space industry in Turkmenistan was the core event. I consider this as a strategic line that is essential to enable Turkmenistan make technological breakthrough in order to be among developed countries of the globe,” the Hero of Turkmenistan, Hero of the Russian Federation, commander of the cosmonaut corps of the the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities said in his message.
The cosmonaut also noted that the Head of Turkmenistan has “a good physical form”, “master skills as a horse rider and a racing driver”.
“Today, in the person of you, the world can see that Turkmenistan is leaded by intelligent, strategically minded, full of energy political and state figure who clearly sees the goals and ways to achieve them,” the congratulatory letter says.
Kononenko has expressed confidence that all these goals will be achieved, and Turkmenistan will continue to confidently follow the path of progress and prosperity.