President of Turkmenistan calls the CIS member states to consolidate the efforts on Afghan issues
During the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State, held in Ashgabat under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the head of Turkmenistan outlined Turkmenistan’s position on Afghan issues and called for coordinating the efforts of the Commonwealth to address the problems in Afghanistan.
As emphasized, presiding over the CIS in 2019, Turkmenistan has identified the main task – to provide all-round support for the development of the CIS potential, filling the activities of the Commonwealth with new content in accordance with the objective requirements of the day. In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that one of the important areas of cooperation was a systematic joint work to ensure peace, security and stability, and effective partnership in countering modern challenges and threats.
“It is not easy to achieve this goal. We all see what complicated processes are observed in the world today, including in the immediate vicinity of the borders of the Commonwealth. Without dramatizing them, however, we have to clearly understand what consequences and potential risks they may bear for our countries”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
“It seems that one of the factors that must be taken into account in the joint political and diplomatic work is the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”, continued President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. “Turkmenistan, as the state neighboring Afghanistan, is actively participating in international efforts aimed at strengthening stability in this country, reviving its socio-economic infrastructure, and providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people”.
Confirming the readiness of neutral Turkmenistan to provide its political space for the negotiation process on Afghan issues in cooperation with the UN and other interested international organizations, the President of Turkmenistan expressed belief that this dialogue should be conducted with the leading role of the Afghan side.
At the same time, it was emphasized that Afghanistan-friendly states should take an active part in the implementation of economic projects, aimed at creating and strengthening the energy, transport, communication and industrial foundations of the Afghan economy.
To this goal, today our country, together with its Afghan partners, is implementing a number of international projects.
In addition, Turkmenistan provides humanitarian assistance to the Afghan population on a regular basis, including construction of schools, hospitals and other social facilities. “We think that such an integrated approach to solving political, economic and humanitarian issues will allow us to effectively resolve Afghanistan’s issues and problems in the future”, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized.
Defining the main vectors of coordinated work of the CIS in the Afghan direction, the President of Turkmenistan called for CIS Ministers of Foreign Affairs to hold political consultations in the near future.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The President of Turkmenistan participates in cycling ride on occasion of the World Health Day
The World Health Day has been celebrated on April 7. Mass cycling ride has been timed to this international date, which is set in National calendar. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has taken part in the ride.
Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, leaders of the Mejlis, heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, capital administrations, public organizations, mass media, universities and youth have gathered next to the Path of Health early in the morning.
Addressing the participants, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has congratulated all on the World Health Day. The head of the state highlighted that this wonderful day embodies high principles of friendship, peace and sports. In this regard, this day occupies special place in national calendar as an important date promoting consolidation of unity and solidarity of people.
Mass public physical training and sport activities held on honor of the World Health Day improve international authority of independent Turkmenistan as the country of health and high spirit, the head of the state said. Social and economic potential of our state, spiritual restoration, wealth of the nation and public health are closely connected to harmonious physical and spiritual development of generations.
Therefore, we attach special importance to development physical training, Olympic movement and sports in general, we deservingly continue such primordial national tradition as upbringing of physical and mentally fit, health generations, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.
This is visually indicated by the construction of big sport and equestrian complexes, stadiums, sport schools, Olympic village, by formation of modern profile infrastructure meeting the world level in the country.
Further, Turkmen leader highlighted that many bright events have been written in sport chronicle of our independent state. Turkmenistan has become a center of large-scale international and regional competitions. The success of Turkmenistan in this direction has been recognized by competent international organizations.
Being a member of International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia, our country makes worthy contribution to development of the Olympic movement in the world. This year, the Olympic village of the capital will host the World Track Cycling Championship and the Davis Cup International Tennis Tournament.
These days, preparation for the above-mentioned big competitions and further strengthening of cooperation is carried out together with international sport organizations, the head of Turkmenistan continued.
Having congratulated the participants of the sport event on the World Health Day again, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished all strong health, wealth and big success in work for improvement of Turkmenistan’s authority.
Further, the head of the state has given start to cycling ride, having headed the convoy of the participants, who were dressed in relative sport outfit. Following the President, everybody have started moving along the routes from the Path of health along Archabyl and Bitarap Turkmenistan Avenues of Ashgabat.
Bright performance of art artistic collectives were expanded on the start point and along the route.
Fosters of the Döwletliler köşgi Palace have joined the participants of the ride near Älem Cultural and Entertainment Center. Young participants of sport and health improving actions have joined the ride on the bicycles presented them by the President of the country.
In the last years, Ashgabat, which is a center of active political, business, cultural and social life of the country according to the status of the main city of the country, has turned into significant center of the world sports.
Powerful modern infrastructure including all necessary for going in for various sports including non-traditional sports for our hot climate like ice-hockey and figure skating, which Turkmenistan citizens learn with big interest and enthusiasm, have been made for short period.
List of the most important sport facilities has been added with big profile facilities in a short period, which did not have analogues in the region until now.
Owing to deeply thought socially oriented policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, physical training and sports have gained a big number of supporters in Turkmenistan, which is by right recognized as a country of health and high spirit today.
Major work is carried out under the leadership of the head of the state for assertion of healthy life style in the society, popularization of mass physical training and health improving movement and sport of the highest achievements as well as to establishment of Turkmenistan as big sport country of international level.
Our country puts high humanistic meaning into this activity directly co-relating the following of ideas of the Olympic movement with implementation of the Sustainable development goals, which are aimed at making of the conditions for maximum opening of human potential.
Today, the sports is intended to be an important component of international cooperation while sportsmen – messengers of peace, who assert high ideas of the Olympic movement with their skills and will.
…Meanwhile, the caravan of the participants of the cycling ride led by the President of Turkmenistan has continued moving along beautiful streets of the city.
The head of the state notes that mass sport events held in the country have an educational function in addition to health improving importance promoting the formation of ecological outlook in the society as good ecology and health are two inseparable factors.
The most eco-friendly transport, the bicycle, is an excellent tools for travelling around one’s homeland. At the same time, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov always emphasizes the need of careful attitude to the environment and support of favorable ecological conditions paying close attention to this subject.
Following the route, the cyclists continued riding along Bitarap Turkmenistan Avenue toward the center of the capital, which impresses with monumentality and beauty of its architectural look.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov enters the main square of the country with the Government tribune and finishes the ride.
After sport action, the head of the state has noted that current cycling ride on occasion of the World Health Day is to support further active involvement of the population to mass physical training and health improving movement.
Turkmen leader said that similar activities, which also have an ecological orientation, not only make good effect on people’s health but also support consolidation of the society, inspire people to achieve new success.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that remarkable dates in life of the country and society would be marked this year. On the threshold of the 140th anniversary of Ashgabat, the emphasis shall be laid upon on maintaining clean city and development of the capital, provision of high level of preparation to the events, the President said addressing instructions to relevant officials.
Saying goodbye to the participants of sport action, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished all success and left the place of event.
Cycling rides and various sport events timed to the World Health Day have also been held in all regions of the country.
President of Turkmenistan receives the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Ashgabat within the framework of the Central Asian tour, discussed the key issues of cooperation in the political, trade and economic spheres.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran noted that Tehran supported the foreign policy pursued by neutral Turkmenistan, which is an important factor in strengthening peace and stability in Central Asia.
In this regard, the Turkmen leader thanked Iran for supporting Turkmenistan's international initiatives, including declaring 2021 as the “International Year of Peace and Trust”. The President of Turkmenistan underlined that partnership within the UN allows Turkmenistan to realize its neutral status as an important factor to ensure stability and security in the region. The parties paid special attention to the development of cooperation between the two countries in the economic sphere.
Emphasizing that due to the "open door" policy, the Turkmen market attracts more and more large investors every year, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the interest of Iranian business in expanding business ties with state and private structures of Turkmenistan.
In this regard, it was underlined the importance to intensify the activities of the Turkmen-Iranian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation, as well as to held bilateral meetings at various levels on a regular basis.
The parties also discussed the partnership of Turkmenistan and Iran on important issues of international and regional agenda.
Development of partnership within the framework of the CIS discussed at the meeting of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs
A meeting of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place in Moscow.
Chairman of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova and Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee attended the meeting.
In a narrow format, the heads of the delegations exchanged views on the important issues of the international agenda and cooperation in the CIS format, as well as adopted the draft Address of the heads of the CIS member states to the peoples of the Commonwealth countries and the world community on occasion of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
In the framework of the expanded meeting, the status of the implementation of the Action Programme to enhance partnership between the CIS Ministries of Foreign Affairs in 2020 was considered. In particular, it was noted that the partners managed to advance in many positions of the document, to maintain an active inter-ministerial dialogue on the key topics and coordinate efforts, interacting at leading international platforms.
Moreover, meeting participants approved the results of the multi-level inter-ministerial consultations held in 2020 within the framework of the Commonwealth.
The heads of the foreign-policy agencies instructed the CIS Executive Committee to submit the draft Plan of multi-level inter-ministerial consultations within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2022 to the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
Two documents, the drafts of which were approved by the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, will be submitted to the Council of CIS Heads of Government for consideration. Among them are the document on cooperation in the field of geodesy, cartography and remote sensing of the Earth and the document on the creation of a basic organization for operational and strategic training of officers of the armed forces.
The meeting participants also approved medium-term action plans for the implementation of CIS strategies - the development of cooperation in the field of physical culture and sports, international youth cooperation, as well as in the field of tourism.
Turkmen leader participates in the Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has taken part as an honorary guest in unofficial Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (Turkic Council) in online format by the invitation of the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Yolbasy, Honorary Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Nursultan Nazarbayev.
It is worth to remind that this international organization was established in October 2009. At present time, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Turkey are the members of the Turkic Council. Hungary has a status of observer in this organization.
Steadily implementing foreign strategy, which is based on the principles of positive neutrality, peace-loving and constructive international cooperation, Turkmenistan successfully develops friendship, good neighborliness and wide beneficial partnership both in bilateral and multilateral formats.
Fruitful cooperation with Turkic-speaking countries, which peoples of which Turkmen nations is united by similarity of historical routes, cultural and spiritual traditions, which go deep to the centuries, is one of visual examples of this. In modern age, these good traditions receive new continuation and content providing favorable prepositions for further activation of multidimensional cooperation based on goodwill, significant potential and common wish of progress and prosperity.
It is remarkable that the head of Turkmenistan has been participating in high-level forums of Turkic Council several times. It proves an initiative position of our country in cooperation with regional and international structures, optimum use if existing capabilities for expansion of efficient trade and economic, humanitarian and cultural relations on wide geographic space, which is occupied by Turkic states in Eurasian continent.
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kasym-Jomart Tokayev, the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yolbasy, Honorary Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Japarov, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban, Secretary General of the Turkic Council Bagdad Amreyev took part in the current Summit.
The agenda of the forum included the subjects of expansion and strengthening of multidimensional interstate partnership, which meets the interests of common wealth and sustainable development.
The floor was given to the head of Turkmenistan. In his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has confirmed the commitment of our country to wide constructive cooperation on international level in regional and international formats.
Addressing the heads of Turkic-speaking states, Turkmen leader expressed sincere gratitude to them for the intent to intensify friendly cooperation with Turkmenistan, for support given to our country in international arena, in particular under the UN, as well as for regular assistance in realization of its peaceful foreign course, which is based on thoughtful home policy.
This occurrence, which is typical for our nations and their national mentality, is based on the principles of friendship, fraternity, mutual support and solidarity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Taking this opportunity, the head of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Honorary Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Nursultan Nazarbayev for the respect by inviting to current international forum as an honorary guest.
Turkmen leader has also expressed gratitude for optimum conditions made for the Summit, which is to continue developing friendly relations and beneficial partnership between Turkic-speaking states.
The head of the state has noted further that the agenda of the current forum, which is very important for bringing the relations between our countries, includes important subjects for definition of the vectors of coordinated activity of Turkic-speaking states.
In particular, current problems of present and long term perspective are discussed and number of important organizational issues are reviewed. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has expressed confidence that decisions made by the outcomes of the meeting would be positive from all sides.
As is known, the head of the state continued, Turkmenistan made important initiatives on current problems of the agenda of international politics including initiative for provision of global and energy security, development of transport sphere, environment protection, intensification of trade and economic relations and other. Our state approaches practical implementation of these proposals in the world scale with full responsibility.
Speaking of this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has focused attention of the participants of the Summit on some subjects of international significance.
Having outlined the provision of global energy security as one of immediate objectives of the present, the head of Turkmenistan noted that realizing the necessity of equal and fair use of the world energy resources, our country stands for the formation of reliable and stable system of their supplies to the world markets taking into account the interests of relevant parties.
In this context, Turkmenistan has proposed to establish negotiation processes on global energy security under international organizations, especially on the United nations level. Relative Resolutions developed in this field have been widely supported by the UN General Assembly. Turkmen side invites the states, which are interested in creating the system of global energy security, to take an active part in this beginning.
Turkmenistan will continue putting efforts in this direction and implement constructive international cooperation in bringing of oil and gas resources and power energy to the world markets for these purposes, the leader of the nation highlighted expressing confidence that it would be beneficial for all countries including Turkic-speaking states.
Having outlined transport and communication sphere as one of strategic spheres of the economy, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that Turkic-speaking countries have a tremendous potential for joint implementation of efficient measures in this sector.
The head of the state noted that Turkmenistan undertakes measures for modernization of its modern transport and communication system and formation of transport and transit corridors of international and regional level, which would consolidates the efforts of international community.
For this purpose, the UN General Assembly has adopted three resolutions in the sphere of development of all modes of transport at the initiative of our country and support of the state members of this Summit. Big work on creation of global transport and transit corridors is made to implement these constructiveness oriented international documents.
In this regard, the confidence that fraternal Turkic-speaking states would take an active part in joint work aimed at further development of the systems of international transport provision.
Ecology and environment protection, which is current issues of life and society these days, are also among the priorities of international activity of Turkmenistan. Speaking of the Central Asian region, complicated situation with the Aral Sea raise the highest concern.
Continuing the subject, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has noted that this ecological catastrophe directly affects life and health of people living in the Aral Sea region and other countries. Therefore, liquidation of this disaster and mitigation of its negative impact have to be made immediately.
Turkmenistan actively works in ecological sphere and environment protection on global level. Our country was an author of the UN General Assembly on Cooperation between the United Nations Organization and International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea as well as proposed an initiative of development of the UN Special Program for the Aral Sea Basin. At present time, Turkmenistan closely cooperates with the world community, especially with the UN, in this sphere.
- I am confident that these necessary measures will support further intensification of cooperation between our countries, - Turkmen leader said also calling all parties to participate actively in implementation of the above-mentioned documents.
In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has expressed firm confidence that the goals of work carried out in the above-mentioned three directions and strategic vectors of international partnership would be reflected in the documents aimed at development of the relations between Turkic – speaking countries.
The head of Turkmenistan has also highlighted that big role in friendly and fraternal relations between state members of the Summit is given to culture, science and education as common spiritual and cultural heritage and values serve as a solid foundation for strengthening and intensification of interstate relations.
In this context, the President has spoken about the relevance to expand the range of programs and projects implemented under the TURKSOY, having proposed to carry out relevant work for spreading and popularization of works of famous poets and writers, outstanding cultural and art masters of the state members of the Forum in the world.
At present time, Turkmenistan has started preparation to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Turkmen classic poet Magtumguly Fragi in 2024. Special attention is paid to international cooperation in this work, especially to joint activity with Turkic-speaking countries. Summing up what was said, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence in the need of further intensification of cooperation of the state members of the Summit in cultural sphere.
Continuing his speech, the head of Turkmenistan has focused attention of his foreign colleagues on such important subject as novel coronavirus pandemic, which has become a significant ordeal and presenting a serious threat to the whole world, for recovery of which huge efforts of entire world community are required. Our country was one of the first that undertook integrated measures for prevention of entry of COVID-19 to its territory.
At the same time, Turkmenistan has made international initiatives aimed at development of joint and coordinated solutions for countering the spread of the infection as well as actively participated in taking certain targeted measures in the region. In addition, our country supports the consolidation of efforts and potential of all states in combating modern challenges and threats. The leader of the nation noted that Turkic-speaking countries have accumulated certain experience in joint work in this direction.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has stressed that it would be right if in future, medical facilities and scientific and research institutes of the state members of the Summit would work on combating the coronavirus pandemic together with the world community.
Finishing his speech, the head of Turkmenistan has expressed firm confidence that the current Summit and matters reviewed at the session would support the expansion of equal and beneficial partnership as well as friendly and fraternal relations between the states and the nations.
The speech of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been listened to by the participants of the Summit with big interest and attention.
In their speeches, the heads of the state members of the Forum have noted the importance of the Forum in the context of activation of cooperation between the states of the region and exchange of practice, made important initiatives on subjects related to provision of common security and stability, sustainable development of the economy of the state partners.
The participants of the Summit have expressed interest of Turkic states in expansion of multidimensional cooperation with Turkmenistan, which has advantageous geographic location in Central Asia and has recommended itself as reliable and responsible partner.
Press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world” was held in the MFA of Turkmenistan
On March 24, 2021, a press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world” was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in a hybrid format. The event was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s Independence, to the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of the country as well as to the announcement of the year 2021 as the Year of Peace and Trust.
The press-conference was attended by the editors-in chief of the national printed editions, representatives of the foreign media, accredited in the country and heads and representatives of the national media. Heads and representatives of the authoritative foreign broadcasting organizations, as well as about 80 journalists from the information agencies of 18 countries of the world participated to the press-conference by means of videoconferencing.
The speakers from Turkmenistan and foreign countries set out their vision of the notions peace and trust, which today are very important as never before. They highlighted the role of mass media in promotion of these values on national, regional and international levels.
The participants of the press-conference highlighted timeliness of the proclamation by the UN General Assembly the year of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust. In this context the participants expressed the success and efficiency of the foreign and domestic policy of Turkmenistan conducted under the wise leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during independence years.
At the press-conference the speakers picked up Turkmenistan’s success during independent years in political, economic and cultural-humanitarian fields. It was underlined the important position of Turkmenistan in the sphere of promotion of peaceful and trustful relations in the region and beyond.
The participants expressed to the Turkmen side their gratitude fo the organization of this event. Representatives of International media confirmed their interest to work in close contacts with Turkmen colleagues for further strengthening of bonds of friendship and mutual understanding among the countries and peoples.
В МИД Туркменистана состоялась пресс-конференция «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире»
24 марта 2021 года в Министерстве иностранных дел Туркменистана в гибридном формате состоялась пресс-конференция «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире». Данное мероприятие, приурочено к 30-летию Независимости Туркменистана, 25-летию постоянного Нейтралитета, а также объявлению 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия.
На пресс-конференции руководители и представители национальных и зарубежных средств массовой информации, иностранные журналисты, аккредитованные в Туркменистане. Посредством видеоконференцсвязи в мероприятии участвовали руководители авторитетных иностранных телерадиовещательных организаций, а также около 80-ти корреспондентов информационных агентств из 18-ти стран мира.
Выступившие в ходе встречи делегаты из Туркменистана и зарубежных стран изложили свое видение понятий – мир и доверие, которые сегодня актуальны как никогда раньше. Выделена роль СМИ в продвижении этих ценностей на национальном, региональном и международном уровнях.
Участники пресс конференции особо отметили своевременность провозглашения Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия. В данном контексте они выразили успех и эффективность внутренней и внешней политики Туркменистана, проводимой под мудрым руководством Президента Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова.
На мероприятии выделены успехи Туркменистана за годы независимости в политической, экономической и культурно-гуманитарной областях. Особо подчеркнута важная позиция Туркменистана в деле продвижения миролюбивых и доверительных отношений в регионе и за его пределами.
Выражена благодарность туркменской стороне за организацию данного мероприятия. Представители международных СМИ подтвердили заинтересованность в работе с туркменскими коллегами для дальнейшего укрепления уз дружбы и взаимопонимания между странами и народами.