In recent days, distorted information about allegedly illegal activities of Turkmenistan's border services with respect to the Iranian vessel has spread in the media of Iran and other countries. The Turkmen side states that on March 21, 2018, the border services of Turkmenistan suppressed an attempt to smuggle a large consignment of narcotic drugs by a group of citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran that violated the state border of Turkmenistan on the motorway boat in Turkmenistan's territorial waters, 3-4 km from the coastline of Turkmenistan.
During the detention, these smugglers, not submitting to the commands of the border patrol, took provocative actions against the Turkmen border guards, regarded as an encroachment on life, as a result of which violent methods of coercion were applied against violators in strict accordance with the legislation of Turkmenistan.
Currently, in the case of the incident, the parties, within the framework of the existing border commissar meetings, take appropriate procedural steps.
The Turkmen side, speaking about the above, stresses that any attempts to politicize this issue, from whom they would not proceed, will be regarded as unfriendly towards Turkmenistan and immediately refuted by the Turkmen side.
A BRIEFING DEDICATED TO THE RESULTS OF THE 15TH ECO SUMMIT WAS ORGANIZED
On November 29, 2021, in the “Garagum” hotel of Turkmen capital there was organized a briefing dedicated to the results of the 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization.
The briefing was attended by the heads and representatives of diplomatic missions and representation offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of the local media and journalists accredited in Turkmenistan, as well as the representatives of foreign media from various countries.
At the beginning of the event ECO Secretary General presented a special ECO award to the Chief Researcher of the Institute of Language, Literature and National Manuscripts named after Magtymguly of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan Yazklych Orazklychev in the category of “History, Culture, Literature and Fine Arts”.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov opened the event with introductory speech. Then, ECO Secretary General Khusrav Noziri made his remarks. The heads of the diplomatic missions of the ECO member-countries in Turkmenistan made their presentations. In addition, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan, and the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat made their speeches at the briefing.
Turkmenistan being a member of the ECO makes an invaluable contribution in the expansion of the cooperation on the economic field and enhances friendly relations in the framework of the ECO. It was underlined, that Turkmenistan during the period of its chairmanship in the Organization in 2021 carried out active and meaningful work in accordance with the prepared Concept of the chairmanship.
It was noted that within the framework of the Summit the agreement was reached about a significant acceleration of the pace of cooperation in all fields of mutual interest aimed at of transforming the ECO into a dynamic and effective regional economic structure, in which priority attention will be given to the cooperation in transport and energy.
As was mentioned, the agreements and decisions reached during the 15th Summit of the ECO are capable to give powerful innovative and quality impulse to our cooperation, give it consistency and specificity, and create the prerequisites for accelerated integration both in the ECO space and in the context of interregional and continental processes.
THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY AND TRANSPORT-LOGISTICS INTERACTION WITHIN THE ECO
During his speech at the 15th ECO Summit, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also touched upon energy issues, highlighted the importance of expanding the transport and communication sphere.
“Among the priority directions of the ECO, Turkmenistan sees the development of cooperation in the transport and energy spheres,” the Head of state noted. He stressed that at present, these segments of the partnership objectively act as a defining trend in global economic growth.
In this context, the President of Turkmenistan voiced the need to consolidate joint efforts in this direction and gave examples of the phased implementation of the construction of power transmission lines along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route, railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, as well as the advancement of the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
It was noted that Turkmenistan pays special attention to the activation of transport and transit communication along the East-West and South-North lines. In particular, this is about the creation of transport corridors Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan - Iran - Oman, as well as Afghanistan - Turkmenistan - Azerbaijan - Georgia - Turkey.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan proposed to study the use of logistics and infrastructure facilities in Turkmenistan itself in order to activate transport and transit communication between the regions of the Caspian basin and the Black Sea with access to the countries of Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.
The President of Turkmenistan noted the importance of Afghanistan's participation in these processes, which thus becomes an active subject, a valuable and integral participant in economic partnership. “We see this as a strategic prospect for Afghanistan, its role in regional and global processes, the most important condition for achieving peace, harmony and development on Afghan soil,” added the Head of Turkmenistan.
ASHGABAT HOSTED THE 15TH ECONOMIC COOPERATION ORGANIZATION SUMMIT
Today, on November 28, on the Day of Formation of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), the 15th Summit of the Leaders of the ECO Member States was held in Ashgabat under the chair of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
As is known, in 2021, Turkmenistan chairs the Economic Cooperation Organization. The chairmanship of our state was adopted on March 4 of this year at the 14th ECO leaders' Summit, which took place in Turkey online.
The Heads of state and government of the ECO Member States, in particular Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, attended today’s Summit.
Before the start of the main session, a ceremony of joint photographing of the Heads of state and government of the ECO Member States took place.
Opening the 15th ECO Summit, the President of Turkmenistan warmly greeted the Heads of Delegations and gave the floor to the Chairman of the 14th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Then the participants of the ECO meeting elected the President of Turkmenistan as the Chairman of the 15th Summit.
Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan voiced the priority areas of cooperation within the framework of the country's chairmanship in the Organization and stressed that the Turkmen side with good reason considers the holding of this forum as an important event designed to strengthen cooperation of the participating countries in the economic, trade-investment, and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
Stating the progressive dynamics of the dialogue between Turkmenistan and the ECO, the Head of the Turkmen state also noted the successful development of friendly, good-neighborly relations with each Member State of the Organization separately.
Speaking during the Forum, the Heads of State and Government of the participating countries, as well as the ECO Secretary General, emphasized that the current Summit has become an effective platform for making decisions on topical and key aspects of regional economic cooperation in the ECO space.
Today, on the platform of the Organization, all conditions have been created for the further development of multilateral regional cooperation for the socio-economic growth of the member countries, as well as the expansion of effective mutual cooperation in the field of trade, industry, transport and communications, agriculture, energy, health care, education, science and culture.
As is known, the ECO is currently a respected, authoritative international economic structure that has received recognition in the world and today's meeting is designed to further strengthen the relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and effective mutually beneficial partnership between all Member States, to determine the areas of joint work for the coming period.
Following the results of the 15th ECO Summit, the Final Document was adopted.
Then, the ECO awards ceremony took place, during which representatives of the Organization's Member States were awarded a special award from the Economic Cooperation Organization in the categories "science and technology", "economics", "history, culture, literature and fine arts" and "agriculture and the environment".
THE HEAD OF TURKMENISTAN DEFINED THE PRIORITIES FOR EFFECTIVE INTERACTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM IN SEOUL
Today, on November 18, during his video address to the participants of the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the need of further expansion of mutually beneficial dialogue in promising areas of interest.
The Head of Turkmenistan also drew participants’ attention to the most relevant issues of regional agenda and prospects of the development of mutually beneficial partnership in Eurasia. Turkmen-Korean relationship performance in bilateral and multilateral formats was underlined.
Development of effective trade-economic, energy ties, transport-transit corridors became another theme for the discussions.
In his speech the President of Turkmenistan, having noted the significance of the development of cooperation in the sphere of health protection, “green growth”, food security, emphasized the need for activation of a joint work with authoritative international and regional structures.
He also noted great prospects for multilateral activities in the sphere of humanitarian interaction. “The year of 2021 declared by the UN General Assembly on Turkmenistan’s initiative as the Year of Peace and Trust, is coming to an end. This initiative was based on the desire to attract attention of the world community to the need of strengthening of the peace culture and respectful dialogue, eliminating the trust deficit in interstate relations”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
Expanding human contacts through historical, cultural and educational ties, which were also identified as a priority of the Republic of Korea’s New Northern Economic Policy, is put forward as a solution to a common problem.
PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR NORTHERN ECONOMIC COOPERATION
On November 18, 2021, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov delivered a video address at the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation, held in Seoul, Republic of Korea in a hybrid format.
Serving as a multilateral platform to promote economic cooperation in the Eurasian continent, this forum annually brings together prominent statesmen, representatives of business circles, world-renowned experts, as well as members of international and regional organizations. This year the Forum was launched under the motto “30 Years of Northern Cooperation: Toward a Future of Peace and Prosperity”.
In his video address to the Forum participants, the President of Turkmenistan expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the Republic of Korea and noted that Turkmenistan views this representative forum as an important international platform for discussing and promoting strategic areas of economic cooperation throughout the Eurasian continent, as well as in a bilateral format with the Korean side.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan supports constructive steps to consolidate the efforts of the international community aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, the Leader of the Nation added, “in this context, we see a lot in common in the development and implementation of sustainable development programs and strategies on the Eurasian continent, which forms the basis of the New Northern Economic Policy of the Republic of Korea and the strategic course of Turkmenistan aimed at “Revival of the Great Silk Road”.
Countering the coronavirus pandemic and prevention of politicization of the international community’s efforts in this direction were among the key topics of the current forum. In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan expressed the need to further intensify cooperation within the UN, WHO and other reputable international organizations. “In general, we see good prospects for joint work on the implementation of projects in high-tech industries”, noted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The current Forum also considered issues on further promotion of multilateral cooperation in the field of energy, transport, environment and digitalization.