SPORTING EVENTS DEDICATED TO THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PERMANENT NEUTRALITY OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS
On October 21, 2020, a two-day sporting tournament among the diplomats has started in the Olympic village of Ashgabat dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The tournament is held in such sports, as the billiards and tennis.
The representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, as well as the heads and representatives of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan are participating to the sporting events.
As is known, comprehensive work is being implemented in the country under the leadership of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the advancement of physical culture and sports, promotion of health lifestyle which has a favorable effect on the human health. The necessary conditions are created for the regular physical training and sport.
Turkmenistan advocates cooperation in resolving regional and global environmental problems
During his speech at the 13th Central Asia-Korea Cooperation Forum in an online format, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan outlined the position of Turkmenistan on environmental issues.
As is known, environmental safety is one of the key vectors of interaction within the framework of the Central Asia-Korea Cooperation Forum.
Turkmenistan considers environmental protection as one of the most important directions of the state policy of Turkmenistan. This is manifested in the adopted national plans and programs, as well as in regional and international initiatives of the Government of Turkmenistan. In particular, the National Strategy on Climate Change and the National Forest Program which are consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement, are highlighted.
The interaction with the Korean side on the implementation of environmental projects, including cooperation in the field of forestry and air quality monitoring in Turkmenistan was announced.
R. Meredov recalled that one of the most serious environmental problems in Central Asia is the drying up of the Aral Sea, which is gradually acquiring a global character and has an extremely negative effect on human health. Turkmenistan calls for the development of cooperation in this area.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan gave a speech at the 13th Central Asia-Korea Cooperation Forum
On November 25, 2020, the 13th Central Asia-Korea Cooperation Forum was held, during which the video statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov was heard.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan M. Tleuberdi, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic N.Niyazaliev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan S. Mukhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Kamilov and Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Korea Kang Kyung-wha also gave speeches in the framework of the Forum.
During the Forum, a wide range of issues of cooperation between the countries of Central Asia and the Republic of Korea in the political-diplomatic line, as well as in the trade-economic and humanitarian fields were discussed.
The parties noted the similarity of their positions on promoting international mechanisms aimed at maintaining peace, security and sustainable economic growth at the regional and global levels.
Turkmenistan stands for the development of the investment climate in the region, welcomes the "New Northern Economic Policy", as announced by the President of Turkmenistan at the International Forum on Northern Economic Cooperation in October this year. “This important initiative of the Republic of Korea is in many respects consonant with the concept of the “Revival of the Great Silk Road”, stressed Minister R. Meredov.
The agenda focused on public health, education, standardization and the environment. The parties exchanged views and proposals regarding the development of cooperation in each direction.
In his speech, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan reflected the activities of Turkmenistan in the health sector, including its contribution to the overall fight against the spread of the coronavirus. It was noted that under the leadership of the President of Turkmenistan, active cooperation with the World Health Organization continues.
R. Meredov drew attention to the need to ensure universal and equal access to vaccines, and suggested continuing scientific and research contacts.
Interaction in the field of education, including scientific exchanges and programs to improve the qualifications of specialists on a mutual basis, was considered.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan spoke about the concrete results of the partnership, including the opening in Ashgabat of the Educational Center for the Study of the Korean Language and Culture of the King Sejong Institute Foundation and others.
The parties agreed to continue cooperation in education, in particular distance education, using modern information and communication technologies. Interaction between the specialized structures of the CA countries and the Republic of Korea continues.
The Forum discussed issues of standardization, in particular from the point of view of the development of regional and international economic ties. It was stated that interaction in this area is important for the development of trade and economic relations between the countries of this format.
During the meeting, issues of environmental safety were also considered. The parties discussed the possibilities of expanding cooperation in combating climate change, maintaining a green economy, and careful use of natural resources.
Following the meeting, the participants adopted the Joint Statement of the 13th Central Asia-Korea Cooperation Forum and the Action Plan of the Forum Secretariat for 2021.
Turkmenistan is convinced of the need to attract political-diplomatic tools to achieve peace and prosperity in Afghanistan
The plenary session of the High-level Conference on Afghanistan, which is being held online in Geneva, took place today.
During the meeting, the heads of foreign affairs agencies of dozens of countries of the world, including Russia, Iran, Switzerland, the USA, as well as the representatives of the UN and its divisions, the European Union and other multilateral structures gave speeches. The event was marked by the addresses of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.
The participants of the meeting discussed issues of cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and the international community in achieving common interests: sustainable development, prosperity and peace in Afghanistan. In particular, the development vectors for 2021-2024, partnership coordination, as well as financial support for the Afghan administration were considered. The focus is on the development of a common political statement and financial mechanism for the economic development of this country.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov outlined the position and actions of Turkmenistan aimed at supporting the process of establishing sustainable peace in Afghanistan, including its involvement in the global economy.
It was especially emphasized that Turkmenistan is convinced of the need to involve diplomatic and political mechanisms in achieving peace in Afghanistan, which is a solid foundation for the country's socio-economic development.
As an example, R. Meredov cited a number of initiatives of the Government of Turkmenistan aimed at supporting fraternal Afghanistan. This includes the expansion of humanitarian cooperation, and the development and implementation of large regional and international infrastructure projects in the field of energy, transport, communications and much more.
At this meeting, it was noted that Turkmenistan intends to continue to provide assistance to Afghanistan and its people.
Construction of the TAPI gas pipeline in Afghanistan territory will continue next year
During the plenary session of the High Level Conference on Afghanistan, the parties discussed issues of economic cooperation.
Speaking at the event, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke about the economic situation in the country. Expressing gratitude for the aspiration of the world community to facilitate the involvement of Afghanistan in the world economy, he especially noted the important contribution of Turkmenistan. Projects initiated by the Turkmen side were highlighted, in particular, the importance for Afghanistan of the construction of power transmission lines and fiber-optic communication along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route.
In turn, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov spoke in detail about trade and economic cooperation with neighboring Afghanistan.
He stressed that the leadership of Turkmenistan considers the regional economic integration of Afghanistan through the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects as one of the main aspects of restoring peace in this country.
Thus, Turkmenistan has initiated a number of important economic projects with the participation of Afghanistan. The construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, electricity and communication lines along the TAP route, as well as railways connecting Turkmenistan with Afghanistan and other countries of the region continues.
The Turkmen side plans to complete the construction of TAPI on its territory this year, and start construction on the territory of Afghanistan next year. The final stage of the construction of power transmission lines and fiber-optic communications along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route was also highlighted.
“As for the railway communication, the construction by the Turkmen side of the 35-kilometer section of the Akina-Andkhoy railway should be completed in the coming days,” R. Meredov noted. In 2021, it is planned to continue the construction of the railway in the direction of Turgundi-Herat.
The head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan informed the meeting participants about the financial component of these projects. Turkmenistan has allocated 1 billion 250 million US dollars for the implementation of projects with the participation of Afghanistan.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the issues of attracting investments and the structure of financing in the process of comprehensive reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Turkmenistan attaches particular importance to humanitarian ties with Afghanistan
Today, at the plenary session of the High-level Conference on Afghanistan, discussions were held on issues of a social and humanitarian nature. The sides considered the possibilities of assisting Afghanistan for the earliest possible normalization of the life of the Afghan people.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan spoke about the key actions of Turkmenistan in the framework of the implementation of the national Program for the provision of humanitarian assistance by Turkmenistan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the coming years.
In recent years, a number of social facilities have been built with funds from Turkmenistan, including a girls' school in Balkh province, a rural hospital in Faryab province and a maternity hospital in Herat region. The Turkmen side has also completed the construction of a 500-seat mosque located in Afghanistan, the opening of which is scheduled for the near future.
Turkmenistan stands for the expansion of cultural and humanitarian ties with Afghanistan, cooperates in the field of science and education, healthcare.