Council of CIS Heads of Government holds session in Ashgabat
The Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States holds a session in the Turkmen capital under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Government delegations of the CIS member states arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the meeting that Turkmenistan hosts as a country presiding over the CIS in 2019. As already reported, the Turkmen leader held bilateral meetings with the heads of the delegations of the CIS states on May 30.
In the morning, the participants headed to the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had the photos taken together with Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev and then with the heads of delegations. The forum participants were invited to the venue of the meeting in a narrow format.
Declaring the next, 73rd meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of Government open, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the newly appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, was participating in the meeting as a member of the Council for the first time. After welcoming the head of the government of Kazakhstan on behalf of the Council and on his behalf, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished him every success in his responsible work.
Noting that the heads of delegations of the countries, non-members of the Council, have the appropriate authority to make decisions, the President of Turkmenistan said that the Republic of Moldova participated in the meeting in observer status.
Then the floor was given to the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS - Sergey Lebedev, who presented the information on organizational issues.
After the meeting’s agenda was approved, an exchange of views on the important issues of economic cooperation within the CIS has started.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are committed to development of bilateral ties across the entire spectrum of cooperation
On October 27, 2020, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Khadzhiyev met with the Head of the Presidential Administration of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Shakir Kargar via videoconference.
During the constructive dialogue, the high level of Turkmen-Afghan relations based on the principles of good neighborliness, mutual respect and trust was emphasized. It was noted that the top leadership of Turkmenistan attaches particular importance to the development of comprehensive ties with neighboring countries, in particular, with Afghanistan.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan noted that the Turkmen side fully welcomes the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan to restore peace and stability in the country, and seeks to provide the necessary assistance in the process of reconciliation and integration within the framework of its neutral status. The readiness of Turkmenistan to provide its political space for holding peace talks between the responsible forces of Afghanistan was emphasized.
Turkmenistan firmly stands for a peaceful political settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and suggests using the full potential of political and diplomatic means to achieve concrete results. Realizing that the process of political development is closely linked to economic growth and the humanitarian component, the Turkmen side is actively initiating and promoting a number of significant projects with the participation of Afghanistan.
In this context, Sh. Kargar, especially emphasized the huge contribution of Turkmenistan to the socio-economic reconstruction of Afghanistan and the integration of the Afghan people into the global development channel. The construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, the TAP power transmission line, the development of rail links, the implementation of the "Lapis Lazuli Corridor" and other infrastructure projects of a social, economic and industrial nature are a clear example of the commitment of the two countries to expand cooperation. In turn, all of this is intended to have a beneficial effect on the security, stability and development of the entire region.
There is a solid package of bilateral documents between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan that regulate the strategic partnership of the parties in the field of transport, communications, energy, construction, science and education, and much more. This legal framework for cooperation was supplemented by a number of bilateral and multilateral acts signed in September and October this year.
During the meeting, the need was expressed to continue well-coordinated work on the way to the implementation of joint projects of geopolitical and geo-economic importance, with the active participation of public and private structures of the two countries.
In the course of a meaningful conversation, mutual interest was expressed in enhancing contacts between representatives of relevant departments of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan for the full-scale and timely implementation of promising projects.
The parties reaffirmed their commitment to the development of bilateral ties across the entire spectrum of cooperation.
THIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELDTHIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELD
On the 21st of October, 2020, the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates was held through videoconferencing. The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, while the Emirates side was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
After exchanging warm greetings and highlighting the high dynamics of development of bilateral relations, the Ministers started to discuss a number of key issues in political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres. The high level of trustworthy dialogue between the leadership of two countries was underlined. It was also specifically noted that the high-level contacts play the primary role in further promotion of interstate ties.
The Ministers reiterated the importance of cooperation between the external policy agencies of the two states. Emphasizing that at present year the 25th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates has been reached, the parties expressed satisfaction with the results of the work accomplished during the past period. Special accent was made on collaboration within international organizations, including the UN, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement. Gratitude expressed to the Emirates side for the support of Turkmenistan’s Neutrality and the initiatives of the state in the area of energy and ecological security, sustainable transport, sport and others. As is known, Turkmenistan is calling for the advancement of peaceful dialogue, emphasizes the role of preventive diplomacy and adheres to the “open door” policy. In this regard, the Turkmen side noted the significance of the UN General Assembly resolution declaring 2021 as the Year of International Peace and Trust initiated by the President of Turkmenistan. It was especially noted that Turkmenistan will be glad to welcome representatives from the UAE on the occasion of the relevant events planned for the upcoming year.
Speaking about the threats and challenges of the present, the parties noted the significance of strengthening international cooperation in combatting the global pandemic. The Ministers exchanged views on further steps for overcoming the social and economic impacts of the pandemic on world scale.
The trade and economic relations between the two countries were thoroughly discussed. The interest of both states in expanding the spectrum of cooperation between the governmental and private entities, as well as the enhancement of the investment climate was expressed. An exchange of views took place on the application and development of transport potential of Turkmenistan and the UAE. It concerned the issue of setting in motion the maritime, railway and air transport, application of port infrastructure for the promotion of bilateral and multilateral trade and economic relations. In this regard, the importance of the World “EXPO-2020” was stressed, in which Turkmenistan intends to take active part. It was noted that Turkmenistan is open for cooperation on the implementation of the energy and infrastructural projects, particularly the construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
The parties underlined the importance of “green economy” and exchanged views on the use of stable energy, advancement of innovative technologies and expert knowledge in the field of renewable energy. In this regard, the interest of Turkmenistan in expanding collaboration in the framework of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was expressed.
The Ministers discussed the issues of cultural and humanitarian scope and spoke for the strengthening of practical cooperation in the area of science, education, culture and sport.
In the end of the session, the parties expressed satisfaction with the successful work of the current meeting and spoke for the upkeep of active work of the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates for the coming future.
Upon the outcomes of the talks, Protocol of the Third Session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.
ONLINE DIPLOMATIC COURSES ON THE TOPIC "NEUTRALITY OF TURKMENISTAN - FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE, STABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" STARTED IN ASHGABAT
On October 21, 2020, at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, a three-day online diplomatic courses for young diplomats of foreign countries on the topic "Neutrality of Turkmenistan - for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development", organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, have started.
More than 30 diplomats from 13 countries of the world, in particular from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkey, Belarus, Austria, the USA, Hungary, the Republic of South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, Armenia, China take part in these courses.
As is known, these courses, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan, are aimed at increasing the participants' awareness of this status of the state, its role in the implementation of foreign policy.
On the opening day of diplomatic courses, the Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan J.Gurbangeldyev made an opening speech, who noted Turkmenistan's commitment to expanding political and diplomatic dialogue with the countries of the world within the framework of the policy of positive neutrality of the state. He expressed hope that these courses will allow diplomats from different countries of the world to learn more about the specifics of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which, under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is taking important steps to achieve peace, stability and sustainable development in the world and in the region.
On the first day of the course, the rector of the International University for Humanities and Development, as well as the mentors of Turkmen diplomacy - Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan, who teach young Turkmen diplomats the basics of diplomatic service, delivered lectures.
The lecturers spoke about the intricacies of Turkmen diplomacy and the foreign policy of Turkmenistan, carried out in accordance with the principles of permanent neutrality, which calls for peace, mutual understanding and objective interstate relations.
Leading diplomats, specialists from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the teaching staff of specialized universities of the country have been invited to deliver lectures in the online format, who will comprehensively cover novice diplomats on the above topics, as well as talk about the features of Turkmenistan's neutrality.
The program is very busy. Participants of online courses will immerse themselves in lively discussions and will be able to ask questions to experts of Turkmen diplomacy. Young diplomats of foreign countries will be aware of such topics as “The history of the Turkmen model of neutrality and its successful implementation”, “Turkmenistan and the United Nations - interaction on the humanitarian line”, “Energy, transport and environmental diplomacy of Turkmenistan” and others.
Tomorrow, on October 22, diplomatic courses for young diplomats of foreign countries will continue at the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia, where the leaders of the Center will speak.
The courses will run until October 23 inclusive.
SPORTING EVENTS DEDICATED TO THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PERMANENT NEUTRALITY OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS
On October 21, 2020, a two-day sporting tournament among the diplomats has started in the Olympic village of Ashgabat dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The tournament is held in such sports, as the billiards and tennis.
The representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, as well as the heads and representatives of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan are participating to the sporting events.
As is known, comprehensive work is being implemented in the country under the leadership of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the advancement of physical culture and sports, promotion of health lifestyle which has a favorable effect on the human health. The necessary conditions are created for the regular physical training and sport.
"PREVENTIVE DIPLOMACY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF TURKMENISTAN'S NEUTRALITY" - PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN
Turkmenistan is one of the states of Central Asia - a region that today attracts more and more attention of the world community. Here geopolitical and geo-economic interests of many countries of the world are intertwined. Realizing this, Turkmenistan, under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, actively participates in processes aimed at strengthening peace, stability, sustainable development and mutual understanding between the peoples of the region, which is of no small importance for achieving universal peace and progress.
One of the important partners of Turkmenistan in this regard is the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), established in accordance with the decision of the UN General Assembly with the support of neighboring states and members of the Security Council in 2007. The headquarters of this unique structure is located in Ashgabat.
The effectiveness of preventive diplomacy has been tested by time. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the role and importance of the activities of the UNRCCA in his video address to the participants of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. Turkmenistan actively supports the work and initiatives of this Center, which has done a lot since its inception, in particular, in promoting political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction between the states of the region and neighboring countries. Turkmenistan actively cooperates with UNRCCA in maintaining regional security, including the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Among the main areas of current cooperation is overcoming pressing threats and challenges, in particular the global pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
In 2020, Turkmenistan celebrates the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of the state. By maintaining friendly, impartial and mutually beneficial relations, the state has achieved a lot within this status, one of the pillars of which is preventive diplomacy.
As the President of Turkmenistan noted during his speech at the 75th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly: “Following the logic of its neutral policy to ensure regional peace, security and development, consistently unlocking the potential of preventive diplomacy, during the session, Turkmenistan intends to invite the General Assembly to consider the draft resolution “Role of Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia”.
Turkmenistan is committed to regional and international cooperation through established platforms and programs to achieve concrete results in the economy, trade, healthcare, education and science, the development of energy and transport corridors, and environmental safety. In this context, it is important to emphasize the partnership of Turkmenistan within the framework of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program and other significant structures.
Following the principles of preventive diplomacy, Turkmenistan intends to further make a positive contribution to the process of achieving peace, stability and sustainable development at the regional and international levels.