Minister of Defence celebrated Virgin Mary's Day in Afghanistan
Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria celebrated Virgin Mary's Dormition Day with the Georgian soldiers on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Minister of Defence donated Virgin Mary’s Icon to the Church of Virgin Mary on Bagram Airfield.
"I’d like to congratulate Virgin Mary’s Day to our soldiers in Afghanistan. It is symbolic that we are here today with our soldiers and pray in this church, which was built by the Georgian soldiers. I saw how our chaplain blessed our soldiers prior to going to a mission, especially before going out to patrolling. Georgia prays for these soldiers and their safe return to our country. God bless them,” said Defence Minister Levan Izoria.
Georgian Soldiers celebrated Virgin Mary’s Day together with other foreign parish, including the Bosnian military personnel. The American Chaplain of Bagram Airfield also attended the liturgy as well. Military Chaplain of the 52nd Battalion, Father Zakaria conducted the church service on the Bagram Airfield. Following the liturgy, Defence Minister Levan Izoria treated the Georgian and foreigner military personnel with the Georgian sweet pastry, specially brought for this day from Georgia.
THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN HOSTED A MEETING WITH THE SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FOR AFGHANISTAN
On November 14, 2022, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev met with the Special Envoy of the People's Republic of China for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, the high level of strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and the People's Republic of China was emphasized. In this context, it was noted that the dynamics of the Turkmen-Chinese bilateral cooperation is largely due to the open, trusting and friendly dialogue formed between the Leaders of the two states, which gives a powerful impetus to the further development and expansion of cooperation between Turkmenistan and China.
The parties noted that Turkmenistan and China are actively involved in the processes of national reconciliation and economic recovery of the neighboring country, and maintain a dialogue on the Afghan issue on a permanent and systematic basis. Both countries are actively cooperating within the framework of the mechanism of interaction between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of countries neighboring Afghanistan.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan stressed that Turkmenistan considers peacebuilding in Afghanistan from the point of view of the unity of its three main directions: political, economic and social-humanitarian.
First of all, Turkmenistan stands for the development of a dialogue with the new authorities of Afghanistan as the main factor contributing to maintaining stability in the country and bringing closer the prospects for achieving internal harmony and a balance of interests in Afghanistan. Secondly, the process of peacebuilding in Afghanistan cannot be considered without the involvement of this country in regional economic integration processes through the implementation of major infrastructure projects. And, thirdly, the humanitarian component of peacebuilding in this country has always had a positive impact on this process.
In addition, the Turkmen side considers it necessary to search for and use opportunities to hold consultations with authorized Afghan officials on the issues of ensuring peace and security in the region, including issues of countering terrorism and other challenges and threats of our time.
In this regard, the Turkmen side confirmed that it would continue to provide regular support to the Afghan people, based on the principles of good neighborliness and centuries-old friendship.
TASHKENT HOSTED AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "AFGHANISTAN: SECURITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT"
On July 26, 2022, an international conference "Afghanistan: Security and Economic Development" was held in Tashkent. The forum was attended by official delegations, scientists and researchers, heads and experts of leading analytical centers of the neighboring states of Afghanistan, including from all countries of Central Asia, Russia, the USA, Iran, Pakistan, India and Belgium, heads and specialists of a number of international and regional organizations, including the UN, the EU, the OIC, the SCO, as well as the delegation of the Interim Government of Afghanistan.
The conference participants expressed their understanding that today the main priority should be the revival and strengthening of the Afghan economy as an important factor in achieving lasting peace in this country, and reaffirmed their commitment to its formation as a peaceful, indivisible, independent, economically developing state, free from terrorism and drug crime.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev noted in his speech that the Turkmen side is interested in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, its integration into world economic relations, and infrastructure development. It is these factors that will have a positive impact on ensuring the security and stability of both the country itself and the region as a whole.
He also stated that for Turkmenistan, the process of peacebuilding in Afghanistan is based on the unity of three key areas: political, economic and social-humanitarian.
In the political dimension, he stressed, Turkmenistan calls on all interested states and international organizations to develop a dialogue with the new Afghan authorities. V. Hajyiev also drew attention to the importance of developing cooperation with Afghan companies, continuing the implementation of international economic projects that have been launched. In addition, the need to provide regular humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people in order to prevent the threat of a humanitarian crisis was noted.
Readiness was expressed at the forum to continue the coordination of international efforts and joint work to promote the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan and its integration into the world community.
TURKMENISTAN SENT HUMANITARIAN AID TO AFGHANISTAN
A humanitarian cargo sent from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan in connection with the devastating earthquake that occurred recently in the Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika arrived in Kabul today.
This action was carried out in accordance with the Order of the President of Turkmenistan, who immediately responded to the natural disaster that befell the fraternal people.
Turkmenistan sent 24,700 tons of cargo, including food, medicines, hygiene products, household essentials.
Sending humanitarian aid to the Afghan people is one of the components in the implementation of systemic comprehensive support to Afghanistan by the Turkmen state for many years.
EU AND CENTRAL ASIA SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES AND ENVOYS MEETING ON AFGHANISTAN WAS HELD IN ALMATY
On May 31, 2022, a regular meeting on Afghanistan of special representatives and special envoys of the countries of Central Asia and the EU was held in Almaty.
During the event, international and regional efforts were discussed for the peaceful resolution of the Afghan crisis, the active involvement of Afghanistan in regional integration processes, the economic recovery of the country and the implementation of various infrastructure projects on its territory.
In his speech, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajiyev focused on the main aspects of Turkmenistan's policy towards Afghanistan, including the ongoing TAPI project and constructive dialogue with the current authorities of Afghanistan.
An agreement was reached to continue holding a dialogue of this format on a regular basis. As a result of the event, a joint statement was adopted.
In addition, within the framework of participation in the event, V.Hajiyew had a meeting with Deborah Lyons, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, as well as on international and bilateral efforts on assistance to Afghanistan.
The delegation of Turkmenistan travels to China for a meeting of neighboring countries of Afghanistan
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov sent a delegation of Turkmenistan to China, the city of Huangshan, to participate in the third meeting of foreign ministers of neighboring countries of Afghanistan. According to the order signed by him, the delegation was sent on a business trip for the period of March 29-31.
In Huangshan, representatives of Turkmenistan will also take part in the Dialogue "Neighbors of Afghanistan + Afghanistan".
China will host the third meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbors on Wednesday and Thursday, where Beijing will support a new dialogue mechanism that will unite Russia, Pakistan and Iran among other neighbors.
China will host foreign ministers or their representatives from Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, China's foreign ministry said on Monday. Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Government of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaki has been invited to the dialogue “Neighbors of Afghanistan + Afghanistan”.
“The situation in Afghanistan is now in a critical transition from chaos to order, and the Afghan people are facing numerous challenges both inside and outside that need to be addressed with more support and help from others,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday.
“By hosting the third meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighboring countries, China hopes that neighboring countries will come to a greater consensus on the Afghan issue, discuss ways to jointly stabilize the situation in Afghanistan, support and assist the Afghan people, and share our voice with the rest of the international community as neighbors of Afghanistan. At this time, we also expect the international community to give more support to Afghanistan, and urge the US to seriously assume the primary responsibility for Afghanistan's economic recovery,” Wenbin said.