POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN AT THE LEVEL OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WERE HELD IN KABUL
On January 9, 2021, Political consultations between Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs were held in Kabul.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar expressed their positions on key aspects of bilateral agenda.
The parties underlined the effectiveness of dialogue between the Heads of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan that contributes to successful promotion of political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian relations.
The parties have signed the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for 2021-2022 upon the results of the consultations.
The sixth session of Joint Turkmen-Afghan Commission on cooperation in the field of security was also held on the same day.
During the session, parties constructively exchanged views related to strengthening partnership in the field of countering present threats and challenges, including terrorism, extremism, cyberattacks and others. The readiness of two states to strengthen border cooperation and maintain information security is expressed.
The Protocol of the Sixth Session of Joint Turkmen-Afghan Commission on Cooperation in the Field of Security was adopted upon the results of the meeting.
Turkmenistan proposes to establish cooperation with the ports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Opportunities for opening transport and logistics routes and establishing cooperation between the port of Turkmenbashi with the ports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the integration of the Turkmen port into the world system of sea ports were discussed by Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry Rashid Meredov with the UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suheil Al-Mazrui.
They held a meeting on Monday, on the sidelines of the transport forum that opened in Avaza. The interlocutors also assessed the level of political relations, noting that an official visit of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov to the UAE will soon be organized on the invitation of President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
And in a few weeks, on September 7-8, it is planned to hold the first meeting on a strategic dialogue between the member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and the foreign ministers of the Central Asian states.
At the talks, the huge opportunities for trade, economic and investment cooperation, the fuel and energy potential of both countries and the readiness of Turkmenistan to cooperate with the leading oil and gas companies of the Emirates were noted.
The parties considered the promotion of projects in the gas chemical, financial and transport sectors in Turkmenistan with the participation of the UAE and a number of agreements, including financing the construction of an airport in Jebel, a hybrid power plant in the Serdar region and a chemical plant for the production of combined mineral fertilizers in Turkmenabat.
In addition, they discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the textile industry, in the field of export of Turkmen goods to the UAE market and further to the countries of the Gulf and Africa. Attention was paid to the issues of water desalination, desertification and environmental protection.
It was expressed a desire to intensify cooperation between Turkmenistan and the International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA (Masdar, UAE).
Turkmenistan is ready, within the framework of partnership with IRENA, to hold international scientific conferences and other events, as well as to become a place for the development and testing of alternative energy technologies that can be used in the countries of Central Asia. In this regard, it is proposed to open an IRENA Coordinating Office in Central Asia.
A REGULAR MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO WAS HELD AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN
On July 25, 2022, a regular meeting of the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was attended by the heads and representatives of this commission, relevant ministries and departments of the country, and the media.
The main topic of the agenda was the results of the work of the Commission for the first half of 2022, as well as plans for the upcoming period.
Information was provided on the work done in the reporting period in accordance with the tasks and instructions of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, as well as the tasks outlined in the Commission's Plan for 2022 and the Plan of joint activities with UNESCO for 2021-2023.
During the meeting, such topical issues as strengthening the role of our country in large structural divisions of UNESCO, joining the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Related to Higher Education in the European Region, expanding international scientific cooperation, opportunities for cooperation in digital projects and information exchange were touched upon.
A monograph "Turkmenistan-UNESCO: Let's Preserve Monuments Together" has been prepared as a manual for the international program "Memory of the World".
Currently, the documents prepared by Turkmenistan on the inclusion of the Akhal-Teke horse breeding art, traditions of horse decoration, silk production, etc., prepared by Turkmenistan, are being considered and studied.
It was emphasized that the accession of Turkmenistan to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage opens up broad prospects for bilateral partnership. Within the framework of the above-mentioned Convention, the National Commission of Turkmenistan is preparing a national dossier for inscription of the Koytendag mountain ecosystem into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The participants of the meeting paid attention to cooperation and intensification of cooperation between Turkmenistan and UNESCO in the field of sports and physical education.
TASHKENT HOSTED AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "AFGHANISTAN: SECURITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT"
On July 26, 2022, an international conference "Afghanistan: Security and Economic Development" was held in Tashkent. The forum was attended by official delegations, scientists and researchers, heads and experts of leading analytical centers of the neighboring states of Afghanistan, including from all countries of Central Asia, Russia, the USA, Iran, Pakistan, India and Belgium, heads and specialists of a number of international and regional organizations, including the UN, the EU, the OIC, the SCO, as well as the delegation of the Interim Government of Afghanistan.
The conference participants expressed their understanding that today the main priority should be the revival and strengthening of the Afghan economy as an important factor in achieving lasting peace in this country, and reaffirmed their commitment to its formation as a peaceful, indivisible, independent, economically developing state, free from terrorism and drug crime.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev noted in his speech that the Turkmen side is interested in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, its integration into world economic relations, and infrastructure development. It is these factors that will have a positive impact on ensuring the security and stability of both the country itself and the region as a whole.
He also stated that for Turkmenistan, the process of peacebuilding in Afghanistan is based on the unity of three key areas: political, economic and social-humanitarian.
In the political dimension, he stressed, Turkmenistan calls on all interested states and international organizations to develop a dialogue with the new Afghan authorities. V. Hajyiev also drew attention to the importance of developing cooperation with Afghan companies, continuing the implementation of international economic projects that have been launched. In addition, the need to provide regular humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people in order to prevent the threat of a humanitarian crisis was noted.
Readiness was expressed at the forum to continue the coordination of international efforts and joint work to promote the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan and its integration into the world community.
The Presidents of the Central Asian countries discussed the creation of a regional TV channel and the removal of trade barriers
The heads of Central Asian countries discussed at a consultative meeting in Cholpon-Ata a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening cooperation in various fields, Kyrgyz media write.
There was an initiative to create the first common TV channel in the region and a series of TV projects that will tell about the potential of the region, as well as the history and identity of the cultures of the peoples of Central Asia.
The TV channel will also be able to strengthen the interaction of countries in preventing negative phenomena in the information space, the Head of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted.
Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov spoke in favor of removing barriers to free trade between Central Asian countries. He called free trade, investment and the development of transport and transit infrastructure in Central Asia drivers of regional growth.
There was also a proposal to organize joint special tourist routes, introduce relief when crossing common borders by tourists, hold joint tourist exhibitions, etc.
Presidents of Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan met in Cholpon-Ata
President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, who arrived in Kyrgyzstan to attend the summit of the heads of states of Central Asia, met with the head of the republic Sadyr Japarov in the city of Cholpon-Ata, the press service of the Kyrgyz leader reports.
During the meeting, Sadyr Japarov noted that Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan are close friends and strategic partners, and the Kyrgyz side attaches great importance to the expansion and qualitative development of trade and economic ties with the official Ashgabat.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov thanked the Kyrgyz side for the warm welcome and noted that Turkmenistan is ready to continue fruitful cooperation with Kyrgyzstan in all areas of mutual interest.
The Turkmen leader also expressed confidence that the documents planned for signing today during the meeting of the heads of state of Central Asia would contribute to the expansion and deepening of cooperation between the countries of the region.