President of Turkmenistan and President of Azerbaijan discuss the important issues of cooperation

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Monday, 28 October 2019 10:04

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.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

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  • Hikmat Hajiyev: Armenia’s national security strategy is like a fake history textbook

    “Armenia has recently disclosed its new national security strategy. In his notes written as a preface to the strategy, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan widely refers to the history of Armenia, touches upon Armenian highlands, Hayk, King Artashes, Arshakids, the Kingdom of Van, the genocide and other similar historical moments of a mythical nature that do not fit with documents of such format at all,” said Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev as he commented on Armenia’s new national security strategy.

    The Assistant to the President notes that, in general, the national security strategy of Armenia looks like a fake history textbook.

    “Such documents normally do not contain so many references to history. It feels that Armenia still remains a hostage of the past and its inferiority complex manifested itself in this document yet again.

    Upon familiarization with the strategy, it becomes immediately obvious that the document promotes chauvinistic, xenophobic and racist values. There are messages about the greatness of the Armenian people, its superiority over other peoples, as well as intolerance towards neighboring nations. Quoting a poem by Vahan Teryan, the Armenian prime minister happily perceives the destruction of the great Babylonian civilization. As a matter of fact, the whole point of the strategy is centered in the quote that “Babylon was our enemy. Where is it now? It is covered by deserts!” Proponents of such thinking are no different from the terrorists destroying ancient historical sites in the Middle East. Seeing all this, it becomes clear how such a chauvinistic theory of fascist Garegin Nzhdeh as “Sekagron” appeared and why such ideologies are so widely promoted in Armenia.

    Perhaps no country except for Armenia has included a poem in its national security strategy.

    The document touches upon the “Velvet Revolution” and states that it has set new standards. However, a reference of this type in the national security strategy does not correspond to the format of the document and is completely illogical because such documents should not propagate any political forces and should instead describe the overall and long-term concept of national security. In other words, the concept should be a document that would meet the interests of the state, not of the authorities. It turns out that this strategy will automatically become invalid in the future after the forces opposed to Nikol Pashinyan and the “velvet revolution” come to power in Armenia. One gets the impression that this is a national security strategy not of Armenia, but of the government of Nikol Pashinyan who rose to power as a result of a “revolution” with the support of Soros and his entourage and receives money from the Soros Foundation.

    The document contains numerous references to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. The Azerbaijani side is accused and it is claimed that there is allegedly Armenophobia in Azerbaijan. In addition, the document contains issues related to the illegal regime Armenia has created in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

    I would like to emphasize in this regard that the facts and arguments provided in the strategy in relation to the conflict are also false. Armenia has occupied Nagorno-Karabakh of Azerbaijan and seven adjacent districts. Armenia has committed genocide against the Azerbaijanis, carried out ethnic cleansing and perpetrated war crimes. Despite the demands of four UN Security Council resolutions, Armenia has not yet withdrawn its army from the occupied territories. Armenia is pursuing a policy of illegal activities in the occupied territories, including illegal settlement. Armenia is trying to destroy the traces of Azerbaijan in the occupied territories. By grossly violating the ceasefire on the line of contact and at the state border, Armenia commits provocations, deliberately shells Azerbaijan’s civilian population and facilities. Armenia is not interested in negotiations, is trying to artificially delay the status quo and reinforce its occupation.

    As for the far-fetched opinions about the April 2016 battles, I would like to note that Armenian armed forces resorted to yet another provocation against Azerbaijan then. Azerbaijan had to take retaliatory measures to protect its population. During the recent provocation Armenia committed in the direction of Tovuz district of the state border of Azerbaijan, civilian population and facilities were once again deliberately fired upon.

    The document repeatedly refers to the principle of self-determination of peoples. It is noted that the so-called structure’s right to self-determination must be unconditionally recognized.

    Armenia is trying to cover up the fact of occupation with the principle of self-determination. Under no circumstances can this principle apply to the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. This is occupation, not self-determination. The conflict must be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and there is no alternative to this. As President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said, “the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan has never been and will not be negotiable. Azerbaijan will not allow for the establishment of a second Armenian state on its territory.”

    This strategic document, which requires an unconditional and unlimited right of the so-called structure to self-determination and recognizes this illegal regime as a “free country”, is in itself yet another heavy blow on the part of Armenia to the process of negotiations mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group. I believe that the co-chairs and the international community as a whole should issue a reaction to this document.

    In general, comments on the territory of another state in a document belonging to Armenia itself are clear evidence of the policy of aggression.

    The document states that Armenia is committed to negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group. However, the statements of the prime minister of this country (“Karabakh is Armenia and full stop”) and the minister of defense (“a new war for new lands”), attempts to involve the so-called regime in negotiations, as well as provocative opinions expressed in the strategy in connection with the conflict, prove that Armenia is deliberately disrupting negotiations and intends to continue the occupation.

    The strategy notes that there must be the necessary lines of defense to ensure the security of the unrecognized structure, as well as safe diversified communications with the outside world, including Armenia. This is a hint at Lachin district and other occupied districts adjacent to the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. This once again demonstrates that Armenia has no intention of returning the occupied Azerbaijani lands.

    The document notes in several places that Armenia is the guarantor of the security of the so-called structure. This is overt recognition of the fact of occupation. In addition, it is argued that Azerbaijan's desire to resolve the conflict by military means poses a threat to the physical existence of the population of the so-called structure. In essence, the aggressive policy of Armenia has put an end to the physical existence of the civilian population of Azerbaijan in its native lands. Having driven out about a million civilian Azerbaijanis from their native lands, Armenia carried out a policy of ethnic cleansing.

    The strategy notes that the goal of the negotiations is to “preserve the outcomes of the war”. This explicitly shows that Armenia intends to keep on occupying the territories of Azerbaijan and is not interested in negotiations that serve a sustainable peace.

    Familiarization with the document reveals once again that Armenia’s latest provocation in the direction of Tovuz district of Azerbaijan was carried out on purpose.

    The strategy clearly shows the presence of Azerbaijanophobia in Armenia. Hatred of Azerbaijanis is openly propagated in this country.

    The document dwells upon the far-fetched massacres against the Armenians allegedly committed by the Azerbaijani side. Ganja is described as Gandzak. Such claims of the country that has committed a genocide and atrocities against the Azerbaijanis, destroyed our heritage and changed place names in Armenia and the occupied territories are true hypocrisy.

    The strategy notes that there is no place for violence and xenophobia in Armenian society. In fact, however, Armenia has itself ousted more than a million Azerbaijanis from its territory and the occupied lands. Armenia is a country that has destroyed mosques, historical sites and graves. Xenophobia has reached such a level that the architectural features and essence of the Blue Mosque in Yerevan and the Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque in Shusha have been changed and they are portrayed as Iranian monuments. Armenia has destroyed the grave of great Azerbaijani poet, ashiq Alasgar. The former Armenian president said in the center of Europe in 2003 that “the Armenians and the Azerbaijanis are ethnically incompatible”.

    The document states that the Armenians are victims of the first “genocide” of the 20th century and that Armenia pays special attention to the topic of preventing genocide at the international level. This is yet another lie. Armenia has itself committed an act of genocide against the Azerbaijanis in Khojaly at the end of the 20th century.

    The strategy also reflects on Turkey and makes references to the so-called genocide. The reason for this is that Turkey, guided by international law and historical justice, calls on Armenia to vacate the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Armenia is tuned in to a mythical history and shows again that it cannot coexist peacefully with its neighbors. For this reason, the future development of Armenia as a state is not possible.

    The document mentions that Armenia is worried about the fact that the region is lagging behind in the sphere of democracy and human rights. It is noted that Azerbaijan and Turkey are lagging behind in the field of democracy and human rights, and this negatively affects the fulfillment of international obligations by these countries. This is further evidence of racism and chauvinism. I believe that Armenia, a country that has occupied the territory of another state and carried out ethnic cleansing, is the very last country that has the right to talk about human rights. Let Armenia, which has shamelessly proclaimed itself a herald of democracy and a champion of human rights, not be worried about us and instead pay attention to the human rights problems that are pervasive in this country.

    In general, Armenia’s rant about democracy and human rights is ridiculous in itself. For about 20 years, a military junta was in power in this country, high-ranking government officials were shot in parliament and the current prime minister threatens to “roll up his opponents in asphalt” and he does. Politicians and journalists in Armenia are persecuted for their political beliefs. Journalist Mher Yeghiazaryan died in prison after a hunger strike.

    The document makes references to certain threats in the region. I would like to emphasize that the biggest threat to the region is posed by Armenia itself and its aggressive policy. The biggest threat to the national security of Armenia is posed precisely by Armenia itself and the policy of Nikol Pashinyan's government.

    The strategy notes that Azerbaijan and Turkey keep Armenia in an economic blockade and have sidelined it from regional projects. This is a clear lie. The fact that Armenia is making such claims while continuing to occupy the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan defies all boundaries.

    The document indicates that Armenia's foreign policy views are based on international, interethnic and inter-civilizational dialogue. Armenia’s putting forward such a thesis is ridiculous. It is completely wide of the mark. As noted above, Armenia has carried out ethnic cleansing on its territory and the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, destroyed and appropriated the cultural and historical sites of the Azerbaijani people. The foreign policy of such a state cannot be based on interethnic and inter-civilizational dialogue. In 2016, Armenia was the only country to boycott the Seventh Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations held in Azerbaijan. This shows once again that the values proclaimed by Armenia and the values of the UN Alliance of Civilizations contradict each other.

    The strategy talks about the development of relations between Armenia and countries of the Middle East. Armenia has occupied the territory of a country belonging to the Muslim world and is destroying its Islamic heritage. What kind of cooperation between this country and Muslim countries can we talk about? I believe that countries of the Middle East should take this into account.

    The strategy mentions that Armenia will work with CSTO member states towards fulfillment of their allied obligations in relations with each other and enhance the effectiveness of this organization. This looks as though Armenia is the owner of this organization and edifies its members. Without consulting with any of the CSTO members, Armenia arrested its former secretary general and now intends to teach other members of the organization a lesson about their obligations. Armenia, which boycotted the appointment of a new CSTO secretary general for a long time, dealt a serious blow to the effectiveness of the organization. As President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev noted, “the Soros scum cannot be CSTO allies.”

    The strategy states further that Armenia promotes freedom of speech and pluralism and is opposed to terrorism and extremism. However, this is a complete lie. Just recently, the Armenians brutally attacked and wounded Azerbaijanis in Los Angeles, Brussels and other cities around the world. This is the result of Armenia’s extremist policy. The Armenian diaspora also promotes the ideology of unfounded and mythical Armenian exclusivity. As a result, the diaspora, through its destructive activities, creates additional obstacles to the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

    As for the “pan-Armenian” views contained in the document, I would like to note that it actually represents interference in the internal affairs of other countries because Armenia thereby sets directions and priorities for the Armenians living there.

    The strategy notes that conditions will be created for the repatriation of Armenians to Armenia. Thus, Armenia intends to acquire additional human resources to implement the policy of illegal settlement in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

    The document openly recognizes the presence of a demographic crisis, abject poverty, social inequality and social polarization in Armenia. Growing emigration is cited as one of the key problems. Along with this, opinions related to the economic development of Armenia are also expressed. However, we must not forget that as long as Armenia keeps Azerbaijani lands under occupation, it will remain on the sidelines of regional economic projects and will live in economic isolation. As long as the conflict remains unresolved, it is meaningless to talk about any prospects for the economic development of Armenia, as well as the elimination of emigration, poverty, unemployment and social inequality.

    Stabilization of population figures and achievement of demographic growth are set as the goals of the Armenian state. However, if Armenia continues its occupying policy, it will not be able to achieve these goals and the situation will deteriorate further because people do not believe in the future of Armenia and many Armenians leave the country in fear of confrontation with Azerbaijan.

    The strategy notes that in the process of development of Armenia as a center of high technologies, special importance will be attached to the role of the science and education. However, as the strategy itself acknowledges, how can this goal ever be achieved against the background of exodus of educated people?

    The document states that forcible solution of domestic problems among the Armenians is unacceptable and that settlement should be carried out through free courts. But political pressure on courts, which are already not free, is growing and the Constitutional Court, which does not want to follow the instructions of the prime minister, comes under pressure and judges are replaced.

    Logically, the section of the document on the environment should have dealt with the issue of the Metsamor nuclear power plant, but interestingly enough, there is not a word about it. However, this nuclear power plant with a long expired service life is located in an active seismic zone and the primary source of danger for Armenia itself.

    In general, the analysis of the document shows that Armenia focuses its attention not on issues of economic development, education and science, but on baseless accusations against Azerbaijan and Turkey. This characterizes the outlook of the Armenian government for the future. The main goal is to keep the Armenian people hostage to the conflict,” Hikmat Hajiyev said.

    Source: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Hikmat_Hajiyev_Armenias_national_security_strategy_is_like_a_fake_history_textbook-1559745  

  • TURKMENISTAN CONTINUES TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT TO THE AFGHAN PEOPLE

    On August 12, 2020, Turkmenistan sent another humanitarian aid to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the form of sets of medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The corresponding Order was signed by the President of Turkmenistan.

    According to the Order, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan are ordered to donate sets of medical equipment for the Real-time PCR to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as humanitarian aid.

    As is known, Turkmenistan actively participates in international actions aimed at maintaining peace, stability and security in the region. Committed to enduring humanistic ideals, principles of good neighborliness and mutual assistance bequeathed by ancestors, and universal values, Turkmenistan is always ready to lend a helping hand to other states, in particular, brotherly neighboring peoples.

    Making an important contribution to the socio-economic development of fraternal Afghanistan through regular comprehensive humanitarian assistance, this humanitarian act has become another vivid example of the inviolability of the traditions of friendship and good neighborliness.

     

  • TALKS WERE HELD BETWEEN THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF AFGHANISTAN

    On August 12, 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov held talks with the Acting Chairman of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ajmal Ahmadi. The meeting was held by means of video conferencing.

    On the agenda of the talks was the expansion and strengthening of mutually beneficial relations in all areas of cooperation of reciprocal interest. Having especially noted the effectiveness and timeliness of the previous meetings of the delegations of the two countries at various venues, the parties confirmed their mutual readiness to continue to actively develop an effective partnership between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

    In particular, the interlocutors focused on the need to intensify the implementation of multilateral and bilateral projects aimed at the comprehensive integration of neighboring Afghanistan into the architecture of world stability.

    In this context, the parties also exchanged views on the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline and the TAP power transmission line, as well as the implementation of the Lapis Lazuli corridor, etc. As is known, these regional projects open up wide opportunities for exporting electricity to South Asian countries in transit through Afghanistan, expanding transport and transit hubs connected by a single logistics center.

    The participants of the meeting stated that the successful implementation of these projects will give a powerful impetus to the sustainable economic development of the entire region, will contribute to solving social and humanitarian issues, strengthening peace and security. In particular, it will be possible to increase the level of employment of the population in connection with the emergence of new jobs, as well as to create an appropriate infrastructure for energy, transport-communication and transit-logistics areas.

  • ISSUES OF DEEPENING COOPERATION WITH WHO WERE DISCUSSED AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN

    On August 10, 2020, an online meeting of the heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov and the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan N.Amannepesov with the Director of the European Regional Bureau of the World Health Organization Dr. Hans Kluge took place.

    As part of a constructive conversation, the parties discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, in particular, effective cooperation between Turkmenistan and WHO in the field of countering the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection.

    As is known, during the video meeting of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the Director General of WHO, which took place a few days ago, the initiatives put forward by our country were fully supported by the head of this organization. In this connection, the head of state gave specific instructions to the heads of the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan to establish coordinated work with the relevant WHO structures.

    In order to fulfill these instructions and comprehensively implement the priority tasks in the field of human health, during the meeting, the heads of the relevant state structures of our country once again emphasized the need to increase international cooperation aimed at jointly combating the spread of acute infectious diseases. Also during the meeting, a positive assessment was given on the current epidemiological situation in our country and the progress in implementing the recommendations of the WHO mission experts who recently visited Turkmenistan, was discussed.

    In this context, based on the instructions of the head of state, the need, taking into account the requirements of the time, to make every effort to increase the effectiveness of measures taken in the fight against infectious and non-infectious diseases and in their prevention was especially noted.

    The intensification of cooperation in the area of scientific diplomacy, the creation of the necessary conditions for a systematic exchange of views between medical scientists, experts and specialists in other fields also became a topic for discussion during the conversation with the Director of WHO / Europe.

    Turkmen side once again confirmed that it will continue to adhere to the recommendations of authoritative international structures and continue active cooperation with the World Health Organization within the framework of joint projects and programs.

     

  • Turkmenistan makes new initiatives for prevention of infectious diseases

    On the first day after completion of annual leave, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a video conference session of General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus.

    Taking into account complicated situation in the world caused by COVID-19 pandemic, special attention has been focused on the subject of joint combat against the spread of severe infectious diseases and possible ways of mitigation of harm caused by such diseases.

     always notes the key role of WHO in coordination of efforts of the world community in combating against coronavirus infection and development of consolidated and coordinated response to global threats.

    Turkmen leader always highlights that efficiency of international cooperation in this direction can be achieved only by strict compliance of scientifically based recommendation of this competent UN structure by all states.

    Opening the session, General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus has warmly greeted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for his personal support to successful development of fruitful bilateral cooperation, which is built of mutual respect and trust.

    The Head of WHO has also expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for initiative approach to solution of modern global problems, in particular for big contribution of joint efforts in combating of the spread of coronavirus infection in the world.

    Further, the floor was given to the Head of Turkmenistan.

    Greeting the Head of WHO, Turkmen leader expressed gratitude for the initiative of organization of this session. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that this is a good opportunity for exchange of views on cooperation as well as for discussion of important issues in health protection sphere.

    Throughout 28 years of its membership in the World Health Organization, Turkmenistan has accomplished big work for improvement of national system of health protection, brining of it in compliance with fundamental international documents, which specify the principles of development of this sphere and application of universal medical standards in treatment and prevention of various diseases.

    In this result, the State Health Programme has been adopted in the country 25 years ago. Entirely new sample of health protection system, which is aimed at common access of the population to medical services, has been made based on the Programme, the President noted.

    “In my letter to you dated by April 14 this year, I have informed in detail about the heights and success achieved by Turkmenistan in this direction, about established fruitful international cooperation”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

    Documents proving high level achieved by our state in combating of infectious and non-infectious diseases and their prevention, which were recognized by the world community, were result of this work.

    Speaking of the subject of current discussion, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that humankind has faced new threat these days – the coronavirus pandemic. Today, relying on our experience gained for 25 years, we have taken integrated measures in combating of the spread of COVID-19.

    Taking measures in this sphere in full compliance with work carried out by the world community, Turkmenistan has proposed number of important initiatives aimed at consolidation of international efforts in combating against coronavirus.

    The Head of the State noted that in particular, it was proposed to make all necessary conditions for activation of cooperation in scientific diplomacy for regular exchange of opinions between scientists, doctors, experts and specialists of other profile spheres of science.

    It was highlighted that establishment of multilateral relations aimed at detailed study of the origin of coronavirus infection, symptoms of disease caused by this infection as well as methods of prevention and treatment is the main objective of this initiative.

    “We are ready to work together in this direction with the World Health Organization and other interested parties”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, having continued that we respect the messages and appeals of the United Nations Secretary General made in the last months as well as with initiatives of the WHO Director.

    It was mentioned that big work has been carried in this direction in May – July this year. Thus, Turkmenistan Infectious Disease Readiness and Response Plan has been approved on government level on May 22.

    The Plan defines specific measures for further improvement of equipment and facility base, which is required for diagnostic of infectious diseases, their prevention and treatment.

    Opening of new quarantine centres, re-orientation of certain medical facilities to the treatment of people with similar symptoms of severe infectious disease are among the examples. Necessary medicine and medical equipment are procured according to the above-mentioned Plan, the Head of the State said.

    At present, total health check of the population is carried out in the country and actual measures are taken for strengthening of immune system of people. Turkmenistan has supported proposal of the WHO for establishment of the COVID-19 technology access pool (C-TAP) platform.

    Turkmen leader has highlighted that this platform is considered as an opportunity of visual demonstration of the origin of COVID-19 infection, publication of all results of clinical studies, fair distribution and accessibility of scientific works.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that examples of Turkmenistan’s participation in realization of international initiatives related to the activities carried out by all countries in combating against the pandemic has been brought above and highlighted that our country would continue taking an active part in this work in future.

    Joint activity carried out by countries and international organizations give positive results. At the same time, numerous aspects related to COVID-19 virus remain unclear. The President said that Turkmenistan would like to make its proposals based on these aspects.

    First, the origin of new viruses, on which scientists of many countries of the world work these days, remains unsolved issue until today. At present time, there are fundamental scientific works revealing the origin of coronavirus in general, which helps to define correct treatment methods of widespread diseases.

    Studies of possible ways of spreading of this dangerous virus are continued. Numerous specialists agree that airborne transmission is one of ways. It also has been proven by researches of Turkmen scientists, doctors, ecologists and representatives of other scientific spheres.

    The mutation of new coronavirus, appearance of new strains remain an important issue. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the relevance of systematic scientific works for obtaining of information comprehensively revealing complicated etiology of the virus and its ability to change rapidly.

    According to our opinion, it is necessary to develop special programme of the World Health Organization for study of the genome of coronavirus for efficient conduct of these works, the Head of the State highlighted.

    Second, appearance of new diseases caused by COVID-19 is a complex issue. The Head of the State continued that at present time, we are aware of its main symptoms and determined the level of severity of respiratory tract diseases. However, there is no single opinion on true origin of appearance of diseases caused by new virus.

    This is indicated by pneumonia of unknown etymology, which is rapidly spread in our region. There is an opinion that the disease is caused by new coronavirus. However, at the same time, the symptoms typical for pneumonia is diagnosed during laboratory analysis and detailed study of data received in the result of use of modern medical technologies including computer tomography.

    I am confident in the necessity of consolidation of efforts of the state in near future for correct diagnosis of this disease under the patronage of the World Health Organization, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, having offered the WHO European Regional Bureau to consider the opportunity of development of regional method of treatment of pneumonia.

    Third, improvement of treatment and preventive methods of new infectious diseases is a subject of a great concern. Undoubtedly, efficient fulfilment of this work is directly related to results of solution of the above-mentioned objectives for study of the etiology of new microorganisms and diagnosis of diseases that they cause.

    We are looking forward for support of the World Health Organization in further improvement of treatment methods of relative diseases, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having noted that it is appropriate to review the subject of establishment of methodological severe infectious disease preventive and treatment centre in the structure of WHO.

    The President highlighted that he thinks it is necessary to consolidate joint efforts for solution of the above-mentioned and other issues related to provision of actual medical aid to people, their efficient treatment and saving of people’s lives.

    Fulfilment of outlined objectives is our duty and joint responsibility, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having again said that we are looking forward for support of the WHO in this noble affair.

    Having expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for substantial speech and proposals, General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus. Highly appreciated the strategy of improvement of national health protection system developed by Turkmen leader and desire to active cooperation with all interested partners.

    The Director of WHO noted that big integrated work carried out in the country for improvement of health of the population including development of interrelated spheres like health protection and sports is a bright evidence of socially oriented government policy pursued under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    Tedros Ghebreyesus has also said that experts have inspected preventive measures on site during recent mission of WHO to our country and gave positive feedback of the results of large-scale work carried out in the country.

    During the session, the WHO General Director has noted importance of initiatives, which are significant for entire humankind, proposed by the President of Turkmenistan. In this context, the willingness of the World Health Organization to study in details all proposals of Turkmenistan leader and to carry out joint activity has been expressed.

    In the end of the session, the Head of Turkmenistan and Head of the World Health Organization expressed the willingness for expansion of cooperation and consolidation of efforts in combating on new threats and challenges for public health protection.

    ***

    After the session, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov called Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov and Minister of Health Protection and Medical Industry N. Amannepesov. During the session, the utmost objectives proposed during online session with the Head of the WHO have been reviewed and their practical implementation has been discussed.

    It was mentioned that fulfilment of the plans requires responsible and scientifically based approach. The reports on current work and measures for solution of set objectives have been also presented.

    Having highlighted the currency of issues reviewed at the session with the Head of the World Health Organization, the Head of Turkmenistan said that it is important to give efficient character to established relations with international structures and implement practical measures for successful fulfilment of given objectives

    In this regard, specific assignments have been given. The necessity to put all efforts for improvement o efficiency of taken measures taking into account time requirements has been noted.

    Having stated with delight that all initiatives made by Turkmenistan during the session with the Head of the WHO were fully supported, the Head of the State ordered to arrange coordinated work with relative structures.

    In particular, the President of the country requested to activate cooperation in scientific diplomacy, to make necessary conditions for systematic exchange of information between medical scientists, experts and specialists of other spheres.

    Highlighting importance of taken practical measures, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to adhere to recommendations of competent international structures and continue active cooperation with WHO.

     

    The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

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