Telephone conversation between the President of Turkmenistan and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with the Brown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Having warmly greeted each other, Turkmen leader and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi exchanged congratulation on Eid Al Adha, having addressed wishes of wealth and prosperity to fraternal people of two countries. The confidence that this beautiful holiday, which has been embodying triumph of high spiritual values like humanity, good behaviour and nobility throughout the ages, would continue supporting the strengthening of solidarity of the Muslim world.
The sides have stated with delight that traditionally friendly relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates are steadily developed distinguishing by high level of understanding and close cooperation in political and diplomatic, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed AL Nahyan for special attention and personal contribution to the strengthening of Turkmen – Emirati relations and expansion of beneficial partnership between two countries.
Perspectives of interstate relations, which are built on the principles of mutual respect, have been discussed in the telephone conversation. In this regard, special attention has been paid to realization of agreements reached earlier including the agreements between the Foreign Ministries, as well as to diversification of the partnership in different spheres, development of new forms of active cooperation.
The President of Turkmenistan and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi have also shared the opinions on the problem of regional and global level, having highlighted the subject of COVID-19 pandemic.
Turkmen leader confirmed the commitment of our state to the global combating against the virus, having highlighted importance of active international cooperation, necessity to consolidate efforts of all countries for efficient combating of this threat.
In the end of the conversation, having expressed the confidence that interstate dialog would continue based on trust, transparency and understanding, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahayn wishes of strong health and success in all beginnings to each other and peace and prosperity to the nations of two countries.
Address of Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili today announced that she pledges to pardon Giorgi Rurua if political actors sign the EU-backed compromise paper and enter the parliament.
"I am surprised by the statement made today by the ruling party that uses my name over and over again without my permission and consent and links it to one specific pardon. They have not understood that such a decision, especially in such a case but not only, should be made without expectations of criticism or praise and only if I deem it necessary. I think I have already shown this through my deeds.
I would like to remind everyone of one simple rule: the power of pardon is the discretion of the President and is not the subject of negotiations. I want to make it clear that the decision to pardon, as I have said more than once, is not subject to pressure, to instructions or demands, whether they may be from the opposition, the ruling party, or anyone else.
According to principle, the President does not speak about pardons and does not disclose motivation. However, because of some continuous appeals on this subject and because of the current situation, I am forced to violate this principle and state clearly my position to stop any speculation.
I think no one will be surprised to hear that for me and for the rest of society, someone with such a well-known past can be called many things, but not a political prisoner. That individual does not fit into any category of pardon by any means, be it righteousness, morality, or politics.
Nevertheless, as I once already took it upon myself, I believe here again that if what’s at stake is the country’s political stalemate, its stability, progress, and future, it is the President’s duty to put the country above her own views and principles.
With that in mind, I am ready to make a decision scandalous also for myself. But I make this decision only on my condition, that such a step must be the last step to end the crisis and pave the way for the country and for Parliament to enter a normal political life and deal with existing challenges without any other distractions.
This means that my decision will be implemented only when, on the one hand, the political parties sign the final document and enter Parliament, and on the other hand, the representatives of the European Union and the United States announce that an agreement has been reached. Once this announcement is done, I will sign the act of pardon within a week", - the President of Georgia Says.
Turkmen diplomatic mission to Georgia organizes golf tournament
The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Tbilisi together with Alliance for development of amateur and corporate sports of Georgia have held International golf tournament dedicated to declaration of 2021 as the Year of Peace and Trust.
Representatives of diplomatic corps, business circles of Georgia, sportsmen from various countries took part in the tournament. Local media was highlighting this sport event.
It was noted before the tournament that development of sports of highest achievements and integrated events for popularization of the principles of healthy life style in Turkmenistan under close attention of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Ashgabat and all the country have strong modern infrastructure including all necessary for going in for various sports. After opening of the first in the country golf club, which project has been developed taking into account the best foreign practice, this sport received impulse for the development.
The award ceremony of the winners took place after the tournament.
A ROUND TABLE WAS HELD ON THE RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “GLOBAL COOPERATION OF INDEPENDENT, NEUTRAL TURKMENISTAN FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TRUST”
On April 15, in Ashgabat, the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” successfully completed its work.
Following the event, a round table was held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Turkmenistan, where the key aspects of the conference were announced. The Rector of the International University for the Humanities and Development Esen Aydogdyev acted as a moderator.
The event was attended by the Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan J.Gurbangeldyev, the Rector of the Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli B.Orazdurdiyeva, Pro-rector of the International University for the Humanities and Development N.Shihliyev, Deputy Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia F.Saprykin, Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan C. Weigand, Young Ambassadors of SDGs, as well as faculty and students of a number of universities.
There was noted that the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” has become an effective interactive platform, during which each participant, on behalf of the organization he represents, outlined the vision of the importance of peace and trust in international affairs. An active exchange of views took place on expanding partnership in this direction.
The merits of the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in promoting peace and building trust between countries and nations, which are laid down in the concept of holding the International Year of Peace and Trust, were especially highlighted.
Statement of the President at the Joint Press Points with President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia
President Salome Zourabichvili and H.E. Armen Sarkissian, President of the Republic of Armenia, held a face-to-face meeting, followed by an expanded format meeting, after which they issued statements at a joint press point. Below is President Zourabichvili’s statement.
“Mr. President, I am glad to host you in our country. This visit was planned long ago and unfortunately could not be carried out. The pandemic and the conflict in the region have greatly hindered us and we have not been able to organize this visit so far, so I am very happy to have the opportunity to receive you today at the Orbeliani Palace.
“Since our last meeting, we have faced very difficult challenges in the Caucasus.
“On the one hand, the pandemic affected the economies of all three countries, shutting down the world and claiming human lives. However, the casualties caused by the war were much greater for the region and the individual country. I would like to express my condolences and sympathies to the families of those killed during this war, Mr. President.
“As it was during the conflict, Georgia is on the side of peace. As a sign of this, our offer for a platform for meetings, dialogue and to ease the situation remains in place.
“I briefed the President of Armenia, Mr. Sarkissian, on the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, including illegal borderization, kidnappings, human rights abuses, and the aggravated humanitarian situation and escalations during the pandemic.
“We all understand that any conflict in the region affects the whole region, so peace and cooperation have no alternative for the development of the Caucasus.
“Given the importance of stability in the region, we also discussed the alarming situation in Ukraine. The Black Sea region (and not only) is threatened with escalation and destabilization. We understand how important de-escalation is today for this region as well.
“We discussed the unique future economic potential of our region, with increased interest from various external actors, new plans or platforms. All this proves the great importance of this region. However, the role of the Caucasus countries remains crucial. The countries of the Caucasus must jointly define their future, considering the Caucasus in terms of its transit and other potential, I see it only as an open region.
“The implementation of large-scale projects to bring Asia and Europe across the Caucasus and the Black Sea requires the active participation of the EU, one of the main players, together with everyone and other stakeholders.
“It is important for the EU to be involved in the final settlement of the conflict, as well as in the implementation of following infrastructure plans within the Eastern Partnership.
“We also talked about our bilateral relations to strengthen and implement economic, touristic, and cultural projects.
“We are also proud of the fact that the Georgian citizens of Armenian origin have all the means to preserve the language and culture of their ancestors in this country. At the same time, more needs to be done, mainly by the State, so that they can fully master the state language and thus be able to integrate fully and participate in the economic or political development of the country.
“I am very happy with your visit today. We also discussed some of the initiatives that can be taken at our level, how to encourage business actors to start thinking and working together on specific projects. This will arouse the interest of investors not only for each country but also collectively, as such a format may be much more attractive.
“We started discussing this today, which will continue and which we will give a specific form. I have high hopes for this.
“Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your visit, and I am happy that such a close, friendly relationship has been and will be maintained over time!”
The President of Turkmenistan participates in cycling ride on occasion of the World Health Day
The World Health Day has been celebrated on April 7. Mass cycling ride has been timed to this international date, which is set in National calendar. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has taken part in the ride.
Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, leaders of the Mejlis, heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, capital administrations, public organizations, mass media, universities and youth have gathered next to the Path of Health early in the morning.
Addressing the participants, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has congratulated all on the World Health Day. The head of the state highlighted that this wonderful day embodies high principles of friendship, peace and sports. In this regard, this day occupies special place in national calendar as an important date promoting consolidation of unity and solidarity of people.
Mass public physical training and sport activities held on honor of the World Health Day improve international authority of independent Turkmenistan as the country of health and high spirit, the head of the state said. Social and economic potential of our state, spiritual restoration, wealth of the nation and public health are closely connected to harmonious physical and spiritual development of generations.
Therefore, we attach special importance to development physical training, Olympic movement and sports in general, we deservingly continue such primordial national tradition as upbringing of physical and mentally fit, health generations, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.
This is visually indicated by the construction of big sport and equestrian complexes, stadiums, sport schools, Olympic village, by formation of modern profile infrastructure meeting the world level in the country.
Further, Turkmen leader highlighted that many bright events have been written in sport chronicle of our independent state. Turkmenistan has become a center of large-scale international and regional competitions. The success of Turkmenistan in this direction has been recognized by competent international organizations.
Being a member of International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia, our country makes worthy contribution to development of the Olympic movement in the world. This year, the Olympic village of the capital will host the World Track Cycling Championship and the Davis Cup International Tennis Tournament.
These days, preparation for the above-mentioned big competitions and further strengthening of cooperation is carried out together with international sport organizations, the head of Turkmenistan continued.
Having congratulated the participants of the sport event on the World Health Day again, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished all strong health, wealth and big success in work for improvement of Turkmenistan’s authority.
Further, the head of the state has given start to cycling ride, having headed the convoy of the participants, who were dressed in relative sport outfit. Following the President, everybody have started moving along the routes from the Path of health along Archabyl and Bitarap Turkmenistan Avenues of Ashgabat.
Bright performance of art artistic collectives were expanded on the start point and along the route.
Fosters of the Döwletliler köşgi Palace have joined the participants of the ride near Älem Cultural and Entertainment Center. Young participants of sport and health improving actions have joined the ride on the bicycles presented them by the President of the country.
In the last years, Ashgabat, which is a center of active political, business, cultural and social life of the country according to the status of the main city of the country, has turned into significant center of the world sports.
Powerful modern infrastructure including all necessary for going in for various sports including non-traditional sports for our hot climate like ice-hockey and figure skating, which Turkmenistan citizens learn with big interest and enthusiasm, have been made for short period.
List of the most important sport facilities has been added with big profile facilities in a short period, which did not have analogues in the region until now.
Owing to deeply thought socially oriented policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, physical training and sports have gained a big number of supporters in Turkmenistan, which is by right recognized as a country of health and high spirit today.
Major work is carried out under the leadership of the head of the state for assertion of healthy life style in the society, popularization of mass physical training and health improving movement and sport of the highest achievements as well as to establishment of Turkmenistan as big sport country of international level.
Our country puts high humanistic meaning into this activity directly co-relating the following of ideas of the Olympic movement with implementation of the Sustainable development goals, which are aimed at making of the conditions for maximum opening of human potential.
Today, the sports is intended to be an important component of international cooperation while sportsmen – messengers of peace, who assert high ideas of the Olympic movement with their skills and will.
…Meanwhile, the caravan of the participants of the cycling ride led by the President of Turkmenistan has continued moving along beautiful streets of the city.
The head of the state notes that mass sport events held in the country have an educational function in addition to health improving importance promoting the formation of ecological outlook in the society as good ecology and health are two inseparable factors.
The most eco-friendly transport, the bicycle, is an excellent tools for travelling around one’s homeland. At the same time, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov always emphasizes the need of careful attitude to the environment and support of favorable ecological conditions paying close attention to this subject.
Following the route, the cyclists continued riding along Bitarap Turkmenistan Avenue toward the center of the capital, which impresses with monumentality and beauty of its architectural look.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov enters the main square of the country with the Government tribune and finishes the ride.
After sport action, the head of the state has noted that current cycling ride on occasion of the World Health Day is to support further active involvement of the population to mass physical training and health improving movement.
Turkmen leader said that similar activities, which also have an ecological orientation, not only make good effect on people’s health but also support consolidation of the society, inspire people to achieve new success.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that remarkable dates in life of the country and society would be marked this year. On the threshold of the 140th anniversary of Ashgabat, the emphasis shall be laid upon on maintaining clean city and development of the capital, provision of high level of preparation to the events, the President said addressing instructions to relevant officials.
Saying goodbye to the participants of sport action, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished all success and left the place of event.
Cycling rides and various sport events timed to the World Health Day have also been held in all regions of the country.