The fifth round of political consultations has been held between the Georgian and Korean Foreign Ministries
The Georgian and Korean Foreign Ministries held the fifth round of political consultations. The Korean delegation was headed by Soosuk Lim, the Director-general of the European Affairs Bureau, while Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania led the Georgian delegation.
Discussions focused on a wide range of the existing bilateral and multilateral relations between Georgia and Korea. The two delegations gave a positive assessment to the recent active partnership both at the level of the Governments and public sector. It was underlined that the meeting between the Georgian and Korean Foreign Ministers, held in September, in frames of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, was a demonstration of the friendly relations existing between the two countries.
Talking points also included the Korean business community’s increasing interest in Georgia’s investment environment. The two sides expressed their readiness to make use of the potential existing in the sphere of bilateral economic co-operation, to enhance cultural relations and deepen people-to-people contacts given the sharp growth of the tourists’ flows.
The two sides expressed their readiness to co-operate actively to celebrate the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Republic of Korea in 2017 appropriately, as well as to exchange high-level visits and to schedule the activities in the sphere culture.
Discussions also focused on the fruitful co-operation in the international organisations, on the current situation and security environment on South Caucasus and Korean peninsula, particularly, on Resolution 2321 (30 November 2016) by the UN Security Council on nuclear tests. The Korean delegation reaffirmed its support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
In conclusion, the two sides agreed to hold the sixth round of the political consultations in Seoul.
GLOBALink | 75 countries including China call for global solidarity for vaccine equity
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Some 75 countries, including China, on Friday called for global solidarity for vaccine equity at the General Debate of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
The pandemic knows no borders. The only solution lies in global solidarity, unity and multilateral cooperation, said the countries in a joint statement.
"We call on all states and stakeholders to strengthen solidarity and international cooperation to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic and its consequences, ensure protection for those most affected, including women, children, youth, the older persons and persons with disabilities, and take measures to counter misinformation, disinformation, stigmatization, racism and xenophobia," said the statement, read by Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations.
The joint statement recognizes the need to begin treating the COVID-19 vaccine as a global public good for health. It commends the contributions made by relevant countries and platforms such as Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and its vaccine pillar, the COVAX facility, for promoting vaccine accessibility and affordability through bilateral and multilateral channels.
However, vaccine equity is still far from being reached. The progress on vaccine roll-out has been widely uneven and unfair. Many countries, in particular the developing world, still lack adequate access to available and affordable vaccines, said the statement.
"We are also worried by disturbing trend of vaccine nationalism and stockpiling of vaccine doses beyond need. In that regard, we welcome the World Health Organization's call to prioritize vaccinating the people most at-risk around the world who are yet to receive their first dose."
The joint statement calls on all states and relevant stakeholders to step up coordinated and concerted efforts for fair and equitable distribution of vaccines in developing countries. It also calls on capable vaccine-producing countries to translate their commitments into action and ensure timely and adequate delivery of vaccine support to receiving countries.
The joint statement encourages support to the ACT Accelerator and COVAX and calls on international financial institutions and other international organizations to provide financial support for vaccine procurement and for strengthening production capabilities in developing countries.
It welcomes the efforts of civil society, the private sector, academia and all relevant stakeholders in vaccine research, production and delivery, and calls on all states and all stakeholders to strengthen global solidarity and jointly promote the fair, affordable, equitable, timely and universal distribution and strengthen local production of vaccines around the world.
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Xi to attend General Debate of 76th session of UN General Assembly
BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the General Debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly and deliver important remarks via video link on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Monday.
Resolution initiated by Turkmenistan was adopted unanimously during the plenary session of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly
On the 2nd of August, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov reported to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that during the 96th plenary meeting of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, the Draft Resolution initiated by Turkmenistan entitled “Strengthening the links between all modes of transport to achieve stable and reliable international transport for sustainable development during and after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic” was viewed.
The Resolution that was cosponsored by 48 states was adopted unanimously. The head of MFA congratulated the President of Turkmenistan with the external policy achievement and underlined that the adoption by the UN General Assembly of this Resolution initiated by the head of state serves yet as one more proof of thoughtful approach of the state to the issues of strengthening international transport cooperation with the aim of sustainable development that is particularly consonant with the international and regional efforts on overcoming the pandemic, its economic and social repercussions.
The given Resolution enriched the sequence of Resolutions in the area of sustaining collaboration between all modes of transport adopted in 2014, 2015 and 2017 upon the initiative of Turkmenistan. It was stated that the principles embedded in the Resolution are coherent with the process of establishing multifaceted system of transport communication launched upon the outcomes of the First UN Global Conference on Sustainable Transport that was held in Ashgabat in November 2016.
In this context, the Resolution also points out the importance of the International Conference of transport ministers of developing landlocked countries planned to take place in Turkmenistan in 2022.
The participants of the press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world” highlighted the timeliness of holding the Year of Peace and Trust
During today’s press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world”, which was held in the MFA of Turkmenistan with the participation of the heads of the authoritative foreign broadcasting organizations, it was highlighted the timeliness of Turkmenistan’s initiative, as well as the Resolution of the UN General Assembly on proclamation of the year of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust.
The Deputy Chairman of Interstate TV and Radio Broadcasting Company “Mir” B.Kozorezov during his speech stated that international initiatives and undertakings of Turkmenistan are fully targeted to promote global peace and mutual understanding.
Speaking at the press-conference, Programs Director of Turkish TV and Radio Broadcasting Company “TRT World” B.Bayraktar said that the country during the years of its independence achieved huge success in all spheres of national economy, which is confirmed by the development of the infrastructure and industry with high pace.
Director General of the Russian International Network of Information TV Channels “Russia Today” A.Nikolov stated that international initiatives of neutral Turkmenistan aimed at peaceful and trusting coexistence of the countries and peoples of the world, are in tune with the Goals of the Global Agenda.
In his video address, Javad Mottaghi, Secretary General of the Asian-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) underlined the significance of the peacefulness and conflict-free interstate and interpersonal contacts in international relations.
Deputy Direcor of the Directorate of international relations of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company” A.Perevoshchikov stated that Turkmenistan, being the neutral state invariably acts for the strengthening of peace and security on regional as well as on world scale, thereby actually proving the efficiency of the institution of the permanent neutrality.
Within the frame of his statement Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India Shri Shashi Shekhar Vempati underlined that today the notions of peace and trust are important as never before. In this regard the work of media plays considerable role. By means of close cooperation we can convey to the listener the objective information and facilitate the friendly dialogue between the countries and peoples.
During the speech of the Chairman of National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of Uzbekistan A.Hadjaev, he stated that this event confirms once again aspirations of Turkmenistan to further strengthen peace, stability and security in the region. In this context, the mass media plays important role in building confidence in the society, which is the driving force of the development.
Besides that, in their presentations the Director of Georgian TV channel “TV-24” B.Nachkebia, Director of the international radio programmes of “AZTV” F.Iskenderov, as well as the representatives of the State Information Agency of Azerbaijan “AZERTADJ” S,Ibragimov and Armenia’s Information Agency “ARMENPRESS” A.Djanpoladyan, it was underlined the significance and timeliness of the proclamation by the League of Nations of the “International Year of Peace and Trust”. They expressed especial need of strengthening trust and mutual understanding in international relations for full realization of Sustainable Development Goals and provision of peaceful coexistence of the states and peoples of the world.
The Chairman of the State Information Agency of Turkmenistan M.Gazakbaev, the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Television, Radiobroadcasting and Cinematography of Turkmenistan A.Kakaev and Editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Turkmen Dunyasi” B.Muradov also underlined the significance of proclamation by the UN General Assembly of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust. Initiatives of the Leadership of the country are aimed at promotion of global peace, mutual understanding and solidarity, as well as preservation of unity and harmony in the world.
As is known, during Independence years the domestic and foreign policy of Turkmenistan was being developed in accordance with the principles of neutrality, aimed at strengthening of bonds of friendship and peace among the countries and peoples.
Участниками пресс-конференции «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире» особо отмечена своевременность проведения Года мира и доверия
На сегодняшнем пресс-конференции «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире», состоявшегося в МИД Туркменистана при участии руководителей авторитетных местных и иностранных телерадиовещательных организаций особо отмечена своевременность инициативы Туркменистана, а также резолюции Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН опровозглашении 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия.
Так, в ходе своего выступления В.Кaзaрезов, Заместитель Председателя Межгосударственной телерадиокомпании «Мир» констатировал, что международные инициативы и начинания Туркменистана всецело нацелены на продвижение глобального мира и взаимопонимания.
Выступая на пресс-конференции программный Директор Турецкой телерадиовещательной корпорации «TRT World» Б.Байрактар подчеркнул, что страна за годы своей независимости добилась огромных достижений во всех сферах национальной экономики, что подтверждается развитием инфраструктуры и промышленности высокими темпами.
А.Николов, Генеральный директор Российской международной сети информационных телеканалов «Russia Today» особо отметил, что международные инициативы нейтрального Туркменистана будучи нацеленным на мирное и доверительное сосуществование стран и народов мира, созвучны с Целями Глобальной повестки.
В своем видеообращении Джавад Моттаги, Генеральный секретарь Азиатско-Тихоокеанского вещательного союза (ABU) подчеркнул особую значимость миролюбия и бесконфликтных межгосударственных и межличностных контактов в международных отношениях.
Заместитель директора Дирекции международных отношений Федерального государственного унитарного предприятия «Всероссийская государственная телевизионная и радиовещательная компания» А.Перевощиков констатировал, что Туркменистан будучи нейтральным государством неизменно выступает за укрепление мира и безопасности в региональном и мировом масштабах, тем самым на деле доказывает эффективность института постоянного нейтралитета.
В рамках своего выступления Шаши Шекхар Вемпати, главный исполнительный директор Индийской вещательной компании «Prasar Bharati» подчеркнул, что сегодня понятия мир и доверие важны как никогда раньше. В данном аспекте работа СМИ играет здесь важную роль. Путем тесного сотрудничества мы может доносить объективную информацию до зрителя и тем самым способствовать укреплению дружественного диалога между странами и народами.
В ходе выступления заместителя председателя Национальной телерадиокомпании Узбекистана, Н.Хикматуллаева было отмечено, что данное мероприятие еще раз подтверждает стремления Туркменистана дальнейшему укреплению мира, стабильности и безопасности в регионе. В данном контексте СМИ играет важную роль в укреплении доверия среди общества, являющегося движущей силой развития.
Кроме того, в выступлениях Директора Грузинского телеканала «ТВ-24» Б.Начкебия, директора программ международного радио «Aztv» Ф.Искендерова и представителей Государственного информационного агентства Азербайджана «АЗЕРТАДЖ» С.Ибрагимова, информационного агентства Армении «АРМЕНПРЕСС» А.Джанполадяня подчеркнута значимость и своевременность провозглашения Лигой Наций Международного года мира и доверия. Выражена особая насущность укрепления доверия и взаимопонимания в международных отношениях для полноценной реализации Целей устойчивого развития и обеспечения мирного сосуществования государств и народов мира.
Председатель Государственного информационного агентства Туркменистана М.Газакбаев, заместитель председателя Государственного комитета Туркменистана по телевидению, радиовещанию и кинематографии, А.Какаев и главный редактор газеты «Туркмен дуньяси» Б.Мурадов также особо подчеркнули значимость провозглашения Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия. Инициативы руководства страны нацелены на обеспечение мира, взаимопонимания и солидарности, также сохранению единства и гармонии во всем мире.
Как известно, за годы Независимости внутренняя и внешняя политика Туркменистана развивается в соответствии с принципами нейтралитета, нацеленного на упрочение и развитие уз дружбы и мира между странами и народами.
The meeting with the delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement was held in the MFA of Turkmenistan
February 6, 2021 the leadership of Turkmen foreign ministry met with the delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the MFA of Turkmenistan.
During constructive negotiations, the parties have underlined the importance of establishing and maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In this regard, it has been noted that Turkmenistan has given significant support for Afghan people, contributed to the development of Afghan economy, primarily strategically important fields such as energy, transport, connectivity and communications.
The significant projects in the aforementioned fields are “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India” pipeline, high voltage electric power transmission line, fiber-optic connection along “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan” route, as well as railways connecting Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
The delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement expressed full support to the implementation of above-mentioned infrastructure projects aimed at ensuring well-being and prosperity for Afghan people.
The representatives of Afghan delegation made a statement to the press and answered questions from journalists after the negotiations.
Further, full text of press statement by thedelegation of Political Office of Taliban movement is published
«Dear Mass Media Representatives!
First of all, let me welcome you today at the press conference and introduce myself. My name is Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, I am member of the Political Office and Negotiations Team of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
On behalf of the IEA Political Office, I would like to express my gratitude to the Turkmen side for the invitation to visit Turkmenistan and for warm hospitality.
Yesterday, as part of our visit, we visited two mosques and acquainted with the ancient religious sites and cultural traditions of the Turkmen people.
Today, here, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, we held talks in an open and friendly atmosphere with His Excellency Rashid Meredov, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan and Deuty Prime Minister and his delegation, during which we gave a positive assessment of the policy of neutral Turkmenistan towards Afghanistan and the long-term political and economic support to Afghanistan that neighboring Turkmenistan is providing, provided and will provide.
Turkmenistan, as a Muslim, neighboring, neutral state, has been taking initiatives for a number of years aimed at establishing peace and development in Afghanistan.
The implementation of infrastructure projects in Afghanistan initiated by Turkmenistan deserves special attention and assessment. There is no doubt that the early start of construction of projects such as TAPI, TAP and railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan will contribute to the achievement of prosperity and economic development in Afghanistan. On the one hand, while we are struggling to gain independence of our country, meanwhile, we are trying to contribute to prosperity of our people and development of our country by providing protection to all national projects in the country.
In this regard, as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, we declare our full support for the implementation and security of TAPI and other developmental projects in our country.