In Samarkand began the ceremony of farewell with Islam Karimov

In Samarkand started the funeral ceremony with President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, reports “Interfax” from the event.

The ceremony takes place at the Samarkand residence of the head of state. In the audience were heads of state, delegations of foreign countries, representatives of the public and the media.

A mourning ceremony was opened by the Chairman of the state Commission for organization of funeral, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev.

Earlier in Samarkand to participate in the ceremonies in connection with the death of the President of Uzbekistan has arrived the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, who headed the Russian delegation on behalf of President Vladimir Putin. The delegation also included Vice Prime Minister-chief of government staff Sergei Prikhodko.

The Uzbek authorities officially announced the death of Karimov yesterday. The message was read out on national television. The country has declared three days of mourning.