Turkmen-Afghan talks in the field of transport
On April 16, 2020, a video conference was held between the representatives of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency, open joint-stock company “Demiryollary” and the Railway Authority of the Ministry of Transport of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The Turkmen side was headed by the Chairman of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency A.Atamyradov. The Afghan side was led by the General Director of the Railway Authority of Afghanistan Mohammad Yamma Shams.
During the meeting, issues related to the construction of the Akina-Andkhoy railway line, the work carried out under the project for the construction of the Turgundi-Herat railway were discussed.
The participants also exchanged views on optimizing transit freight traffic and wagons passing through the IRA, further developing of the transport corridor between the Lapis Lazuli agreement participating countries. Separately, issues of obtaining visas for railway workers and other issues were considered.
Turkmen and Afghan leaders discuss over the telephone the agenda of cooperation
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had a telephone conversation.
Warmly greeting each other, the Heads of friendly states have exchanged congratulations on occasion of Eid al-Adha, having expressed confidence that this beautiful holiday, which symbolizes triumph of high spiritual values like humanity, goodwill and generosity, would support the strengthening of solidarity and unity in entire Muslim community.
It was highlighted that Turkmen and Afghan nations are united by ancient tradition of friendship, mutual respect, common spiritual and historical values, which serves as reliable foundation of interstate dialog.
Having stated with delight that bilateral cooperation is developed on the principles of good neighbourliness, friendship and equality, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for special attention and personal contribution to strengthening of fraternal relations and expansion of beneficial partnership between two countries.
During telephone conversation, number of current issues of regional and global agenda has been discussed. In particular, the subject of the coronavirus pandemic, which having covered huge geographic space, makes negative impact on life of many countries and nations.
Having highlighted that Turkmenistan entirely supports the activity of the world community in combating of COVID-19, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence in the necessity of coordinated measures on international level for successful combating of this threat that humankind is facing at the moment.
The Head of the State made special mention of the role of transit and transport Lapis Lazuli corridor, which was established under the Agreement signed between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
Opportunity to increase volumes of trades between Central Asian and European countries is appear after the start of its operation, which in the result will support to development of trade and economic relations between big regions of Eurasian continent, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
In this regard, the agreements reached during recent trilateral meeting of the Presidents of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan have become important measure for activation of this transport corridor and cooperation on systematic base.
In addition, importance of such major projects in energy, transport and communication spheres, construction of TAPI gas line as well as Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power and fibre optic lines, realization of which would serve to further strengthening of interstate relations, has been highlighted.
In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani exchanged the congratulations on Eid al-Adha, having wished health and success in all noble deeds to each other and prosperity to Turkmen and Afghan people.
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Digital Turkmenistan extends its presence in the world informational space
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov targets ministries and departments of the country to study of the best world practice and modern advance practice. Following this analysis and according to objectives determined by national programmes of development, fundamental line of modernization and branches and spheres of live activity of the state are built. Digitization and use of informational and communication technologies are the main conditions in this case.
Responding to this targeted objectives, the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan also carries out relative work activating electronic format of its activity and expanding its presence in global information field.
Several innovations have been launched on web resources of the Foreign Ministry on August 1, which are to popularize achievements of Turkmenistan, success of the state policy pursued by the Leader of the Nation, to highlight international life of the country.
In particular, electronic library of books of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been opened on official website dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan www.neutrality.gov.tm.
This collection of works of the Head of the State will enrich knowledge of interested reader, will be an important help for representatives of scientific circles, social and political scientists. In his works, Turkmen leader has reflected the uniqueness of national culture, variety and wisdom of traditions, everlasting importance of the heritage, revealed numerous pages of glorious history of the nation as well as modern strategies and results of reforms in politics, economy, humanitarian cooperation.
All of these is available now to huge world online auditorium – in addition to Turkmen language, electronic library gas translations of the books of the Head of Turkmenistan almost on 20 languages, first, to working languages of the United Nations Organization. The books on the website are presented in 3D format while the reading is accompanied with audio and visual effects, for example, there is an option of turning the pages with typical rustling.
The same website has introduced new section – online exhibition, which is also dedicated to the 25th anniversary of neutrality of Turkmenistan. This virtual exhibition presents almost of industries of the country, their main departments and organizations, various national production including export oriented production.
In addition to sections dedicated to industry, oil and gas, transport and communications, trade, education, science, health protection and sports, agriculture, culture, each velayats of the country and the capital Ashgabat have their own electronic displays.
In general, 15 thematic sections speak about life of independent neutral Turkmenistan, visually demonstrate the results of grandiose changes carried out by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Substantial content, numerous photos and video materials will help visitors of online exhibition to have a bright impression about our country, its colossal economic potential.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan has started publishing International News newspaper in electronic format, which first release has been published on the website of the Foreign Ministry.
Taking into account active development of diplomatic activity through video conference and intendent communications, such newspaper will be an important analytical tools in modern media space, will allow saving time and resources for review of foreign political events and trends in life of Turkmenistan.
Digital messenger of the Foreign Ministry will be released once a week and distributed on internet channels including addressed newsletter to the embassies and consulates of Turkmenistan to foreign countries, foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan as well as to international news agencies based on agreements of cooperation, etc.
Therefore, another step has been made in formation of substantial and truthful picture of Turkmenistan as a country open for cooperation with all interested partners of the country, its integration to global system of communications, exchange of actual knowledge and practice of the state construction, promotion of constructive international initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the world arena.
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Telephone conversation between President of Turkmenistan and King of Saudi Arabia
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed regret and deep concern about the illness of the King of Saudi Arabia and his hospitalization.
“I am sure that due to your vital energy and inflexible will, you will soon recover,” the Turkmen leader noted.
“I pray the Almighty to send Your Majesty the strength for a speedy recovery and success in tireless work for the happiness and well-being of the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov says in his address.
Continuing the conversation, the President of Turkmenistan and the King of Saudi Arabia congratulated each other on Eid al-Adha, which symbolizes humanism and charity. Noting that this holiday inspires for achievement of new creative goals, unites peoples, the parties expressed confidence in strengthening mutual understanding and solidarity throughout the Muslim world.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the importance of the dialogue with Saudi Arabia, expressing satisfaction with the high level of the Turkmen-Saudi relations based on a mutual interest to intensify interaction. In this context, the President of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to King Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for his personal contribution to strengthening cooperation.
Discussing the global agenda, the President of Turkmenistan and the King of Saudi Arabia underlined the importance to develop a coordinated approach to address the crucial problems of our time, one of which is the coronavirus pandemic, which had a negative impact on international economic relations.
In this regard, the Turkmen leader expressed belief that the consolidation of the efforts of all states and the development of new methods for preventing and combating COVID-19 would contribute to achieving the desired results.
Reaffirming the commitment of the two countries to strengthening interstate cooperation, the leaders of the two states expressed confidence in the successful development of dialogue across the entire spectrum of areas.
In conclusion, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and King of Saudi Arabia Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz Al Saud once again exchanged good wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, wishing peace and prosperity to the peoples of the two countries.
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Turkmen leader and the Vice-premier of UAE discuss important aspects of international cooperation in telephone conversation
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with Vice-premier of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai Muhammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum.
Having warmly greeted the Emir of Dubai, the President of Turkmenistan congratulated him and fraternal people of UAE with coming big holiday of Islamic world – Eid AL Adha.
Turkmen leader expressed confidence that this holly holiday, which embodies high morale, spiritual purity and humanity, would continue supporting the strengthening of solidary of Muslim ummah.
Having expressed gratitude for congratulations and good words, Prime Minister of UAE Muhammed Bin Rashid AL Makhtoum addressed return best wishes to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and to all Turkmen people.
During telephone conversation, the sides have discussed important aspects of interstate cooperation. It was noted that strengthening of diplomatic, economic and humanitarian relations between two countries meet political demands and interests of both states. The Head of Turkmenistan highlighted that all efforts would be put in order the partnership with UAE to be long, trustful and efficient.
Taking opportunity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to His Highness for special attention and personal participation in strengthening of fraternal relations between the state and expansion of beneficial cooperation in all range of actual directions.
Global problem, which is presented by coronavirus pandemic these days, which caused crisis in international trade, disturbance of production activity and foreign economic relations, has been highlighted.
Having noted that it is necessary to consolidate efforts of all countries for efficient combating of the pandemic, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov confirmed that Turkmenistan is open for active cooperation with the world community in development of new methods of combating of this evil.
In the end, the sides exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha and cordial wishes, having addressed wishes of pace, wealth and further prosperity to the nations of two states.
TURKMENISTAN HAS BEEN GRANTED THE OBSERVER STATUS IN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
On July 22, 2020, the successive session of World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council was held in WTO headquarters located in Geneva of the Swiss Confederation, during which the application of Turkmenistan on accession to WTO as an observer was considered.
The Turkmen side was represented at the session by the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations at Geneva, as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan who took part via videoconference.
In honor of assessing the request of Turkmenistan for accession to WTO in the status of an observer, a special ceremony was organized during which the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan delivered a speech on behalf of the Government of Turkmenistan. During the address, he informed the participants of the General Council about the background of the accession process to the Organization, in particular about the pioneering policy of implementing the external economic activity of Turkmenistan. It was stated that the Programme on Foreign Economic Activity of Turkmenistan for 2020-2025 is a vital document in this regard.
The gaining of this status by the country is intended to contribute to the dynamic development of the national economy of Turkmenistan, strengthen its standing in regard to foreign trade, carry multilateral cooperation, attract foreign investments and improve international trade ties. This also concerns the development of commercial and trade strategies including their successful implementation.
Following the address of the Turkmen side, a number of representatives of the Organization’s member-states, including Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Paraguay, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay expressed support to the initiative of Turkmenistan on the accession to the Organization as an observer.
After the discussions, the member-states of WTO General Council unanimously adopted the resolution on granting Turkmenistan the status of an observer in WTO.
Currently there are 164 WTO member-states. Twenty four countries possess the status of an observer. Turkmenistan became the 25th country with a status of an observer.