China closes border with Kyrgyzstan during the celebration of Eid al-Adha

© Sputnik / Tabyldy to Kadyrbekovna in photobacteria of Eid al-Adha in Bishkek. Archival photoChina closes border with Kyrgyzstan during the celebration of Eid al-Adha© Sputnik / Tabyldy to Kadyrbekovna the image Bank

Checkpoint on Kyrgyz-Chinese state border will be temporarily closed at the initiative of the Chinese side in connection with celebration of Muslim Eid al-Adha, reported RIA Novosti on Thursday, the representative a press-services of state frontier service of Kyrgyzstan.

The length of the line of the Kyrgyz-Chinese state border is 1084 kilometers, almost all of it takes place in remote areas of the highlands. At the state border of the two countries just two checkpoints. Until the discovery in 2002 of the checkpoint «Irkeshtam-road», which is located at an altitude of about 3 thousand meters above sea level in the South, the border crossing point «Torugart-highway» was the only checkpoint on the border of the two countries.

«At the initiative of the Chinese side, in the period from 1 to 5 September in connection with the celebration of Kurman AIT (Eid al-Adha) the checkpoint «Irkeshtam-road» on the Kyrgyz-Chinese state border will be temporarily closed», — reported in state frontier service.

According to the source Agency, the passage of persons, vehicles and goods on the Irkeshtam will resume on 6 September.

The closure of the border during national or religious holidays in the neighboring country «is a common practice» for the official Beijing announced in HCC.

Eid al-Adha is one of two major holidays in Islam, the feast of the Hajj, which is celebrated 70 days after Uraza-Bairam.

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