Turkish President Abdullah Gul sent a message of condolence to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Saturday over the death of Azerbaijani poet Bahtiyar Vahabzade who passed away on Friday.
In his message, Gul said, "Vahabzade's demise is not only a great loss for the Turkic world but for the entire literary world".
Vahabzade was a bridge between the countries forming the Turkic world, Gul also said.
People's poet Bahtiyar Vahabzade was born on August 16, 1925 in Sheki.
His works - lyrical poems, dramas and publications were translated into many languages worldwide.
The creative way of the poet began from the time of the Great Patriotic war.
He became a member of Union of Writers of Azerbaijan in 1945. Over 40 years he taught at Baku State University with his creative work.
He became a correspondent member of Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan in 1980.
Azerbaijani literature became estranged from Communist ideology in 1960. National spirit was demonstrated in works of literary figures though all these works were away from policy.
Only Bahtiyar Vahabzade managed to issue dissident work "Gulustan" poem reflecting fate of Azerbaijani people, whose lands were divided between Russia and Iran early 19th century into North and South Azerbaijan.
Bahtiyar Vahabzade was persecuted by Soviet authorities for this poem.
Over 70 written collections, 20 poems, 2 monographs, 11 scientific work and hundreds of articles brought honor and respect to people's poet. Performances were staged in the theatres and films were taken on his work. He was elected MP to the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan People?s MPs five times.
Bahtiyar Vahabzade was a doctor of philological sciences, professor, real member of Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani people?s poet, laureate of USSR state premium. He was awarded with high state Independence Order.
Earlier on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan, State Minister Said Yazicioglu, National Education Minister Huseyin Celik and Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay also issued messages of condolence over Vahabzade's death.
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