Hirosaki University awards title of Doctor Honoris Causa to President of Turkmenistan
The ceremony of awarding the academic title - Doctor Honoris Causa of Hirosaki University to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who arrived in Tokyo on a working visit, took place at Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel.
University professors and students of Hirosaki University and the other higher educational institutions in Japan, the representatives of the Association for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Turkmenistan and Japan, and the members of the official delegation of our country attended the ceremony.
On behalf of all those present, President of Hirosaki University Sato Kei cordially greeted the President of Turkmenistan and emphasized that this meeting had marked a new stage in the development of bilateral relations in the humanitarian sphere and, first of all, in the sphere of science.
In the solemn atmosphere, under the storm of applause of all those present, the diploma on the academic title - Doctor Honoris Causa of Hirosaki University was awarded to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the personal contribution to the development of Turkmen-Japanese relations, science and education.
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The President of Turkmenistan pays official visit to the Republic of Italy
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov who arrived on official visit to the Republic of Italy had a talks with Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte and President of the country Sergio Matterella.
In the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with representative of Italian business in the Rome Cavalieri Hotel where the residence of Turkmen leader was hosted during the visit. Heads of the world famous companies like Danieli, ENI, Leonardo S.p.A, Maire Tecnimont, Valvitalia, Thales Alenia Space, Bonatti, SACE, Pietro Fiorentini took part in the meeting, which was held in the format of working breakfast.
The Head of the State outlined the meaning of major changes, which took place in the last years in Turkmenistan, for reformation of the economy providing stable high rates of development to the country.
Speaking of the cooperation with Italy, the Head of the state stated with delight that Turkmen – Italian trade and economic relation are steadily developed at modern stage resting on positive experience and traditions of the partnership.
Having noted high level of understanding and mutual trust achieved with representatives of business circles of Italy, the Head of the State assured businessmen that they will continue receiving necessary support.
The Head of the state made special mention of energy and transport as strategic spheres of Turkmen – Italian economic cooperation. At present time, Turkmenistan and its partners create ramified network of transport, transit and logistic infrastructure. It opens big perspectives for development of combined and multi-optional system of transport and transit connection from Asia to Europe, where corridor connecting Caspian and Mediterranean seas is to be an important link.
In general, current meeting is to strengthen dynamics of cooperation, to open its new directions and perspective, Turkmen leader noted, having expressed confidence that there are all prepositions for this – political will of the heads of two states, economic potential, rust and understanding.
In the end of the meeting, confidence that economic partnership of two countries would be strengthen and developed has been expressed.
In the morning, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Chigi Palace – the official residence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy. Upon arrival, the Head of the State was warmly welcomed by the Head of the Government of Italy at the square where the giard of Honour has been lined up in honour of high-rank guest.
Having exchanged friendly handshakes, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte went to special place.
National anthems of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Italy were played. The Head of Turkmen state and the Head of the Government of the Republic of Italy walked along the line of the Guard of Honour.
After traditional photographing ceremony, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov introduced members of official delegation of both countries to each other.
High-level Turkmen – Italian talks took place on the Chigi Palace afterward.
Greeting President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and having expressed gratitudefor accepting the invitation to come to Italy on official visit, Prime Minsiter Giuseppe Conte confirmed invariable interest of his country in expansion of beneficial cooperation with Turkmenistan.
It was mentioned that current meeting gives good opportunity for exchange of opinions on key subjects of partnership in different directions including in activity of business communities. Speaking of this, the Head of the Government of Italy expressed confidence that talks in Rome would support further development of bilateral cooperation, outlining of priorities taking into account long-term perspective.
Having expressed sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for cordial welcome, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that in his foreign policy, Turkmenistan pays special attention to activation and strengthening of cooperation with the countries of European Union, in particular with the Republic of Italy.
Having stated with delight positive dynamics of Turkmen – Italian dialog, the Head of the State noted that regular contacts on different levels, especially on consolidation of efforts for provision of peace, security and stability on global and regional levels, counteraction against modern challenges and threats, play big role in support of high level of successfully developing bilateral relations.
Bilateral trade and economic relations have positive indicators. Number of projects in fuel and energy sector with participation of Italian companies are successfully implemented in our country, Turkmen leader said.
Regarding the cooperation in transport section, as is known our country made number of proposals in this direction including on restoration of the Silk Road in modern conditions, which opens colossal opportunities fr development and progress in regional and global scales.
Fundamentally new direction – the transport diplomacy, one of initiators of which is neutral Turkmenistan standing for multilateral dialog on this issue under the UN and other international organization, is asserted stronger in global cooperation.
This, our country, which was historically located in the heart of the Silk Road, makes big contribution to the development of beneficial cooperation in transport and communication sector, which is one of the main segment of the world economy making direct influence on stability and balance of the world economic relations and always open for cooperation with all interested foreign partners.
Regarding the opportunities of Turkmen – Italian cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, these opportunities can be used wider taking into account diversification of the economy of Turkmenistan, opening of high technology production facilities, implementation of big national and international projects in fuel and energy complex, transport, agricultural, textile and tourism spheres.
Speaking of importance of cooperation in humanitarian and cultural sphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also noted the input of Italian scientists and archaeologists, who carry out archaeological excavation of historical places and centres of development of the world civilizations in our country for many years.
Having focused that next year, our people would observe the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutrality of Turkmenistan, the Head of the State invited the Head of the government of Italy to take part in the work of International Conference dedicated to this event and in celebrations, which would be held in Ashgabat in December 2020.
Having expressed confidence that Italian partners share the interest and willingness of Turkmen side for further intensification and promotion of beneficial interstate relations, the President wished health and big success in his responsible activity for the sake of friendly people of Italy to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Signing ceremony of bilateral documents took place under participation of the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of Italy after the talks.
The following documents have been signed: the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Italy on Air Connection, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Health Protection of the Republic of Italy on Cooperation in the sphere of Health Protection and Medical Sciences, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Protection of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Environment and Land Protection of the Republic of Italy on Cooperation in the Sphere of Risk Assessment, Adaptation and Reduction of the Impact of climate Change, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of education of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Researches of the Republic of Italy on cooperation in Educational Sphere.
After document signing ceremony, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of Italy said warm goodbye to each other, having expressed confidence in successful development of interstate relation.
After, Turkmen leader went to official residence of the President of the Republic of Italy - The Quirinal Palace, on which square the Guard of Honour has been lined up in honour of arrival of high-rank guest.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was greeted by the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella at the central entrance. National anthems of two countries were played.
The heads of the states have entered the Palace and went to the place of the meeting where President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov introduced members of official delegation of Turkmenistan to his Italian colleagues. In his turn, President Sergio Mattarella introduced members of official delegation of Italy to high-rank guest.
After joint photographing on the background of the State flag of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Italy, high-level bilateral meeting took place in extended format in the Arazzi di Lilla Hall.
Greeting high rank guest and members of Turkmen delegations, President Sergio Mattarella expressed confidence that this visit and current talks would give new stimulus to development of traditional Turkmen – Italian relations, which hav constructive, friendly and respectful character.
It was noted that Italy and Turkmenistan have old positive experience of political dialog, big potential for cooperation in trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, which provides favourable opportunities for further effective cooperation in all spectrum.
Fruitful partnership in the world arena where the sides demonstrate high level of understanding in current modern problems is also an actual factor of successful development of interstate relations.
Having confirmed commitment of Italy to wide cooperation with Turkmenistan, President Sergio Mattarella expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for the attention and imitative approach to bilateral cooperation and bringing of it to new levels.
Having expressed gratitude to his Italian colleagues for cordiality and warm reception, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmen side consider this visit to Italy as important stage in development of interstate relations.
Turkmenistan and Italy has good experience of cooperation in subject of regional and world development. Having same or similar positions in provision of peace, stability and security, our countries support peaceful, political solution of international problems, the Head of Turkmenistan said.
This is indicated by understanding between two states in big international organizations. Turkmenistan appreciates the approach of the Republic of Italy to number of regional problem, in particular to the situation in Afghanistan. Our country stands for close international cooperation in regulation of the situation in neighbouring state by peaceful political methods, for economic support to the state and integration of Afghanistan to the world economic relations through the participation in big infrastructural projects, Turkmen leader highlighted.
Turkmenistan is willing to combat such threats as international terrorism, extremisms, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime together with Italy and world community, the Head of the State said. In general, our country see the Republic of Italy as its important partner in the world political arena.
Energy and transport are strategic directions of Turkmen – Italian partnership. Support of initiatives of Turkmen side in the sphere of stable energy by Italy speaks of similarity of approaches of both countries to this global problem. The President continued that we put diversification of energy routes to the meaning of energy security. In this context, Turkmenistan considers opportunities of delivery of its energy carriers to western direction and works together with European Commission on legal and technical aspects. We hope that Italy as competent members of the European Union would continue rendering necessary active support to this proves, the Head of the state said.
Speaking in general of productivity of using of mutual capabilities under energy dialog between Turkmenistan and Europe, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke for using of bilateral relations, available understanding in the context of activation of European vector of energy policy of our country. At the same time, the President noted that long-term goals of Turkmenistan and Italy are matching.
The Head of Turkmenistan stated that wide opportunities are opened for cooperation in transport sphere. Geographic locations of both countries allow them playing big role in development of transport and transit corridors between Asia and Europe across the regions of Central Asia and Caspian basin to Black and Mediterranean seas and states of South Europe. Therefore, strategic regional and continental systems of economic integration form up. In this case, Turkmenistan sees Italy as one of important partners not only under bilateral relations but also in the context of cooperation with European Union.
Historically, Italy played big role in relations between the East and West from old times; it served as a bridge of civilized communication between the nations of the continent. As a neutral and peace-loving state, Turkmenistan is willing to support positive processes in Eurasia together with Italy, to strive that all issues of international politics were solved at negotiation table based on the standards of international law and the UN Chapter, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Speaking of cooperation in humanitarian sphere, the Head of the State said with delight that significant part of documents signed during current visit is agreements in sphere of science, education, culture, health protection and ecology.
Speaking of importance of inter-parliamentary cooperation, Turkmen leader noted that taking into account coming reformation of national legislative body, gradual assertion of democratic principles and practices in the country, Turkmenistan is interested in relative experience of Italy.
The Head of the State highlighted that current meeting has confirmed that Italy is reliable and perspective partner of Turkmenistan. In its turn, Turkmenistan builds its relations with Italy for long-term and strategic perspective. Our country appreciates the level of understanding and trust and is ready to do all necessary for consolidation of Turkmen – Italian friendship and interstate cooperation, which meets common interests.
Having noted that condition and perspectives of cooperation in trade and economic sphere have been discussed at the talks with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that big joint business forum, which was held in Milano on November 6 and resulted in signing of dozens of contracts and agreements, would give strong impulse to bilateral partnership.
Having expressed gratitude to President Sergio Mattarella for constructive meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited his Italian colleague to visit Turkmenistan at any convenient time and wished him strong health and success in responsible government activity and prosperity to the people of Italy.
In the afternoon, the Head of the state went to the Altare della Patria Monument. This monumental complex, which is located on Venice Square on the slope of Capitol Hill, was built to mark unification of Italy. In the solemn atmosphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov put the wreath to the tomb of Unknown Soldier, having paid tribute to the memory of national heroes of the Republic of Italy.
Having completed the programme of official visit, Turkmen leader went to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport from where left for Turkmenistan.
Thus, high-level Turkmen – Italian talks in Rome, business meeting of the Head of the State with representative of big Italian business as well as joint business forum in Milano visually demonstrated the willingness of the sides for full-scale cooperation.
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A briefing at the MFA on the outcome of the XVIII Summit of the Heads of States and Governments of the Non-Aligned Movement
On October 28, 2019, a briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the foreign policy course of our country.
The briefing was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, representatives of local and foreign media accredited in the country.
Besides the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Ms. E.Panova and Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia Ms. N.German gave speeches at the briefing.
During the briefing, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan R.Meredov made a special emphasis on the working visit of the President of Turkmenistan on October 25, 2019 to the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan to attend the XVIII Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.
It was attended by the Heads of States and Governments of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, observer states and heads of international organizations. In addition, a number of states were represented at this Summit as guests of honor. The Baku Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement made it possible to constructively consider the role and place of the Non-Aligned Movement in the modern world, to discuss issues related to the implementation of its goals and objectives, taking into account current realities and prospects for the long-term development of international cooperation as a whole. Therefore, it was not accidental that the slogan “Ensuring a joint and adequate response to the challenges of the modern world, guided by the Bandung principles” was chosen as the motto of the forum.
In this context, the Minister noted that these fundamental principles, which include respect for fundamental human rights, the goals and principles of the UN Charter, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, the promotion of mutual interests and cooperation, respect for justice and international obligations, the settlement of all international disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the UN Charter and a number of other areas, formed the basis of the foreign policy of neutral Turkmenistan in the early years of our independence.
It was emphasized that President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended the 18th Baku Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. The head of state made a keynote speech at this Forum, which assessed the current state of affairs in the world and announced very serious initiatives aimed at resolving a number of pressing issues on the global agenda today.
During the current high-level meeting, the Turkmen leader voiced initiatives on key aspects of global sustainable development, such as peaceful coexistence of states, countering terrorism, resolving refugee problems, achieving food security, and environmental well-being.
As the President of Turkmenistan emphasized in his speech “We are convinced that our states should act from a consolidated position in defense of the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, actively uphold justice and equality in international economic relations, and strongly oppose discrimination, unreasonable, often artificial barriers in the world trade, for the recognition of the economic sovereignty of peoples and states.”
The minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan also informed the briefing that on October 21-23, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov carried out a working visit to Japan. During the visit, the Turkmen-Japanese business forum and a number of bilateral summits were held. As a result of the meetings, a solid package of bilateral documents was signed between Turkmenistan and Japan.
R.Meredov also noted that on October 27, 2019, meetings were held between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, who arrived in the capital of Turkmenistan on an official visit.
Official greeting ceremony of Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad
The official greeting ceremony of Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad, who arrived in Turkmenistan on an official visit, took place in Ashgabat.
In the morning, the motor cortege of the Prime Minister of Malaysia headed to the Square of Independence, where President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov cordially greeted the distinguished guest.
The commander of the Guard of Honour reported to the leaders of the two states and the national anthems of Turkmenistan and Malaysia were sounded.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad bypassed the Guard of Honour.
The members of the official delegation of Turkmenistan and the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in our country were introduced to Prime Minister of Malaysia. The members of the government delegation of Malaysia were introduced to the President of Turkmenistan.
The President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia proceeded to the Oguzkhan Presidential Palace Complex.
The top level Turkmen-Malaysian talks started after the traditional ceremony of photographing.
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President of Turkmenistan and President of Azerbaijan discuss the important issues of cooperation
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who arrived in Baku to take part in the Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement, had a meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
Expressing gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for the participation in the Summit, the President of Azerbaijan – the country presiding over the Non-Aligned Movement in 2019-2022 highly evaluated the open-door policy and the policy of multi-format international cooperation, pursued by neutral Turkmenistan.
It was underlined the importance of the constructive initiatives aimed at creating a solid foundation for developing and sustaining peace on the conflict-free basis in XXI century, put forward by the Turkmen leader.
Discussing the crucial issues of the international agenda, President Ilham Aliyev emphasized that he supported the initiatives on the key aspects of the global sustainable development, which were put forward by the President of Turkmenistan during the Summit. Among them are the peaceful coexistence of states, counterterrorism, solution to refugee issues, food security, environmental well-being.
The President of Azerbaijan also supported the idea of the President of Turkmenistan to promote the strategy of equality in international economic relations and consolidated efforts to combat any discrimination in world trade.
During the meeting held in a constructive atmosphere, the leaders of the two states exchanged views on the prospects of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan and specified the priority spheres of consolidated efforts. It was underlined the mutual interest in strengthening friendly relations and diversifying trade and economic cooperation.
The fuel and energy sector as well as transport segment were specified among the priority areas of the interstate dialogue. The leaders of the two states discussed the aspects of enhancing partnership in the scientific, educational and cultural spheres.
Reaffirming the commitment of the countries to developing cooperation both in bilateral and multirateral format, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Ilham Aliyev addressed the best wishes to each other as well as the peoples of the two states.
In conclusion of the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan thanked his Azerbaijani colleague for the hospitality and the high level of organization of the Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement.
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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participates in the XVIII Summit of the Non-Aligned
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left on a working trip the Republic of Azerbaijan for participation in the XVIII Summit of the heads of states and governments of the member states of the Non-Alignment Movement in Baku.
At present time, the organization, which was founded in 1961, unites 120 states located in different region of the world on the principles of non-participation in military and political blocks and peaceful coexistence of countries and nations. 17 states as well as number of competent international organizations including the UN, ICO and other have an observer status under this big association.
The main goal of the Non-alignment Movement is to support peace, security and sustainable development on the planet. As is known, these are the criteria, which put in the base of the state policy of Turkmenistan, which is provided by its permanent neutral status and firm commitment to ideals of creation and humanism. In this regard, it is necessary to highlight that our country invariably takes an active position in development of balanced solutions of current issues and problems, formation of the most effective formats of partnership required by time.
Having made a flight to Baku, the aircraft of the President landed in Heydar Aliyev International Airport where Turkmen leader has been met by officials. According to good traditions, high-rank guest was welcomed with bread and salt.
From the airport, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Baku Congress Centre, which was a venue of the Summit. Azerbaijan hosts this forum as a country that takes chairing in the Non-Alignment Movement in 2019 – 2022.
Upon arrival to the Congress Centre, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was cordially welcomed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Having exchanged friendly handshakes, the heads of two neighbouring countries took photos on the background of official banner of the Summit.
After traditional photographing ceremony of the heads of the delegation against official banner of the Forum, opening ceremony of the XVIII Summit of the Non-Alignment Movement took place in the Big Hall of the Baku Congress Centre. In general, heads of the states and government, high-rank representatives from around 160 countries and big international organizations including the UN, the Group of 77 and other organization took part in the high-level meeting.
The agenda of the Forum included wide spectrum of current subjects of regional and global issues including joint counteraction against modern challenges and threats, further measures for strengthening of positive political dialog, stimulation of fruitful cooperation in economic and humanitarian spheres.
The Summit was opened by Acting Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement – President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.
The chairmanship in the Non-alignment Movement was handed over to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
After, Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan addressed the participants with a speech.
Chairman of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has also made a speech for the participants.
Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo has read the message of the Un Secretary General to the participants of the Summit.
The floor was given to the participants of the Forum.
Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for organization of the meetings, hospitality and cordiality, atmosphere of cooperation and constructive dialog.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that serious changes have taken place, new tendencies have appeared in international politics, alternative geopolitical and geo-economic situations have emerged since previous high-level conference of the Non-alignment Movement in Venezuela.
Today, the country members of the Non-alignment Movement need consolidated and concentrated efforts aimed at the achievement of the main goal – protection and support of universal peace, strategic stability and security. This is what has to determine the intentions and actions of responsible countries on the level of global solutions as well as on local and regional directions.
- Turkmenistan is confident that despite all challenges and threats of recent time, together, we are able to find efficient tools for counteraction to these, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Special role in this is given to the Non-alignment Movement. Principles and ideals of the Movement, which were put into its foundation several decades ago, are specially required today, Turkmen leader said. They objectively match the requirements of the most pople on the planet.
- Based on them, we, state members of the Non-alignment Movement, together with other members of international community have to give new strong impulse to strengthening of universal security, having filled our activity in this direction with specific political and legal content and world outlook meaning, - the Head of the State said.
- In our opinion, restoration and assertion of trust and predictability as a base for building of constructive and balanced solution on international arena, making of weighted decisions are the key conditions for this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued.
- Understanding our responsibility for the situation in the world, Turkmenistan proposed an initiative on declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust by the United Nations General Assembly, - Turkmen leader highlighted, having focused that the General Assembly with co-authorship of 73 UN member states has adopted the above-mentioned Resolution several weeks ago on September 12.
Taking opportunity, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to the members of the Non-alignment Movement especially to the states, which co-authored the adopted Resolution, for support and solidarity in realization of this important initiative.
Continuing his speech, the President noted that combating of international terrorism is an important objective under provision of global security.
- Supporting the efforts of the world community for creation of effective international mechanisms of combating this threat, Turkmenistan stands for full realization of the UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Having noted that this work has to be carried out all around both in the world as well as on regional and national levels, the Head of Turkmen state expressed confidence that this objective is very urgent for the countries of the Non-alignment Movement, number of which directly face real or potential terrorist threat.
As is known, neutral Turkmenistan makes significant input to the strengthening of international cooperation in this direction, having determined the combating against terrorism as an integral component of strategic partnership the UN and cooperation with other competent organizations.
Turkmen leader stated in his speech that refugees are another global problem concerning many member states of the Non-alignment Movement. Many of the refugees are nationals of the member countries of this organization.
- In an effort to seek for realistic solution of refugees’ problem and having initiated wide international cooperation in this sphere, Turkmenistan in close cooperation with the UN and Islamic Cooperation Organization held international conference dedicated to this issue in May 2012, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
- Only for the last few years, our country gave citizenship to more than 20,000 refugees on national level. At the Tehran Summit in 2012, Turkmenistan proposed to include the refugee problem as an independent direction of activity of the Non-alignment Movement, - the Head of the State highlighted, having given proposal to come back to detailed review of this matter in this context.
In this regard, it is worth to mention that humanitarian direction is defined as one of the key component of home and foreign policy of the country. Turkmenistan was one of the first states in the region to pay close attention to this problem, standing for further consolidation of common efforts in solution of refugees’ and stateless persons’ issues.
Addressing the members of the Summit, the President highlighted that global economy is an important sphere of activity of the Non-alignment Movement.
- We are confident that our states have to act from consolidated positions to protect legal rights and interests of developing countries, activity protect justice and equality in international economic relations, resolutely stand against discrimination, unreasonable, sometime artificial barriers in the world trade, for recognition of economic sovereignty of the nations and states, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.
- In this case, the voice of the Non-alignment Movement has to sound firmly and strongly; we have to promote own global economic agenda responsibly, - the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted.
Regarding national economy, it received strong impulse in its development in the last years due to successful implementation of the Government strategy of Turkmen leader demonstrating stable and dynamic growth. Steadfast implementation of large-scale reformation programmes, fundamental reformation of branches of national economy provide stable progress and prosperity of our country.
Diversification and industrialization, transit to market relations, comprehensive support of private sector, active implementation of advanced information and digital technologies are priority directions of development of Turkmen economy. For example, relative Concept designated for fulfilment in 2019 – 2025 has been developed and is implemented at the request of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for digitization of the economy. All of these including major infrastructural project initiated by Turkmen leader open big opportunities for beneficial cooperation with all interested foreign partners.
Continuing his speech at the Forum, the Head of Turkmen state noted that in this context, active participation of non-aligned states in formation of global system of energy security based on fair and transparent principles, equal access to energy sources and means of its transportation, recognition and accounting of the interests of suppliers, buyers and transports of energy resources.
As is known, Turkmenistan has been taking serious measures for establishment of wide international partnership in the sphere of comprehensive energy secrutiy.
- During the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, our country plans to present Draft Resolution, which is aimed at reliable and stable transit of energy carriers and its role in sustainable development and international cooperation, - the President said.
In this regard, it is highlight that while making considerable input into creation of relative diversified infrastructure, Turkmenistan, having colossal reserves of hydrocarbon resources, initiates major projects including integrated modernization of national fuel and energy complex and formation of multidimensional pipeline system of export of energy carriers to the world markets.
Construction of transnational energy route, which transport Turkmen gas to China, as well as current project of construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, which is to support the intensification of effective cooperation between the countries in the region and to enhance their economic potential, are specific examples in this case. Opportunity to deliver Turkmen natural gas to European direction is under consideration.
At the same time, transport sphere is undoubtedly one of the basic segments of the world economy, which make direct influence on stability and balance of the world economic relations. Taking strategic geographic location and confidently strengthening its positions as important transit and transport hub and logistic centre of regional and continental significance, Turkmenistan made proposed number of initiatives in this direction, which currency and requirement have been confirmed in relative Resolution of the UN General Assembly.
Speaking at the Summit, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that solidary work of the states of the Non-alignment Movement in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals including its part about food safety may also be effective.
- We need solidarity, resolution and firmness of non-allied countries during review of the subjects of provision of access of the states and regions to food resources, guarantees of nutrition as an integral right of any individual, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Strengthening of food security is one of priorities of the government policy of Turkmenistan. Great importance is paid to fundamental reformation of agricultural complex, modernization of food industry, realization of adopted government programmes for import substitutive production and increment of export volumes in solution of set objectives for satisfaction of the populations’ demand for quality food products in wide variety.
Integrated reforms in this direction brings results. Activity and achievements of our country in food abundance have been highly accessed on international level including by Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN. Having significant practice in this sphere, Turkmenistan is willing to share its practice with the world community being always open for fruitful cooperation with foreign partners.
Addresing the participants, Turkmen leader noted that our country also stands for more focused cooperation of member states of the Non-alignment Movement on the issues of the climate change.
- In this regard, consolidation of our efforts aimed at fulfilment of 2030 Global Agenda and Paris Treaty receives special importance, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Turkmen leader said that being in the capital of one of Caspian states, he cannot help saying about universal significance of protection of Caspian Sea, its ecology and unique biological diversity.
- At the first Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan this August, our country proposed an idea of establishment of new Caspian ecological programme as a complex of natural protection measures for provision of rational use of rich natural resources of Caspian Sea, the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted. – We are planning to initiate wide dialog on this subject and looking forward to comprehensive support of the Non-alignment Movement.
Addressing the participants of the Summit, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also informed that next year, Turkmenistan would celebrate one of important dates of in its modern history – the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutral status of our country. however, there is also another remarkable event related to this date. This is 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan membership in the Non-alignment Movement.
- These dates are closely connected to each other and we would never forget and always highlighted with gratitude that it was at the Summit of the non-alignment Movement in Colombian Cartagena in October 1995 when the intent of Turkmenistan to be a neutral state received an unanimous support of non-allied countries, - the President noted. – We consider by right that this is a milestone event in promotion of the idea of neutrality of Turkmenistan and its further securing on the UN level.
- Year after that memorial event have shown that principles of our neutrality and its deep world outlook are consonant with goals and values of the Non-alignment Movement, meet expectations and intents of all nations and states who share ideals of peace-loving, equal rights, non-alignment, respect of every country, its sovereign right for own way of development, - the Head of Turkmenistan said.
Our country is the only state on the planet, which neutral and legal status based on peace-loving humanistic principles, which are inherent to Turkmen nation from ancient times, was recognized twice by the United Nations, which was set forth in the Resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. Adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaration of December 12 as International Neutrality Day is an evidence of recognition of huge contribution of Turkmenistan to strengthening of relations of peace, goodwill and harmony between the countries and peoples.
Finishing his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that number of big international events dedicated to anniversary date of Turkmen neutrality would be held in Ashgabat on December 12, 2020. It includes International Conference for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development. Taking opportunity, Turkmen leader invited all heads of the states and delegations of non-aligned countries to take part in these events.
Speech of the Head of the State was listened with interested attention and met by applauses of the members of the Forum.
On the same day, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with the President Ilham Aliyev in the Baku Congress Centre.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan