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Prime Minister: Lithuanian Tatars showcase multicultural identity of our state

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2021 07 28

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Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has welcomed participants of a solemn event dedicated to the Year of Lithuanian Tatar History and Culture, held at the Palace of the Grand Dukes.

According to the Prime Minister, the state of Lithuania is strong and beautiful in its diversity and tradition of multiculturalism that reveals as to how we can enrich each other by being different. Lithuanian Tatars are one of the oldest communities that had found and constantly nurtured their home in Lithuania. Prime Minister has emphasised that the pages of the history of our state had been marked by the important role of Lithuanian Tatars in wars, uprisings, and the struggle for the freedom and independence of Lithuania. According to Šimonytė, it is important not to forget the sacrifice of Lithuanian Tatars in rescuing Jews and people of other nationalities during the occupations.

‘I am sincerely glad that despite the painful blows of the Soviet era, the Tatars have preserved their individuality, traditions, as well as ethnic and religious identity in Lithuania throughout the centuries. Lithuanian Tatars have actively joined the life of the country and have constantly strengthened it. Your preserved customs, traditions, and three surviving wooden mosques are a unique heritage of our state. We are proud of all the active creators of modern Lithuania: scientists, public figures, promoters of culture, artists, officers, and community leaders of Tatar origin,’ the Head of Government said to the members of the Lithuanian Tatar communities.

Šimonytė said at the event that she was convinced that a vibrant community with a glorious past and active at present would apply its unique talents in the future as well. According to the Prime Minister, Lithuanian Tatars showcase the multicultural identity of our state, which is a highly important buttress in the global world.

The Prime Minister has wished the participants of the event a happy Year of Lithuanian Tatar History and Culture, and has wished them success.

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