TURKMENISTAN BECAME THE FIRST STATE IN CENTRAL ASIA TO REGISTER “SPUTNIK V” VACCINE
On January 18, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan registered the “Sputnik V” vaccine and issued a corresponding certificate.
Kirill Dmitriev, General Director of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), said that “Turkmenistan became the first country in Central Asia to officially approve the use of the “Sputnik V” vaccine on its territory. The partners highly appreciated the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, which today is one of the world's leading drugs in the fight against coronavirus and has already been approved by government regulators in different regions of the world. We are convinced that vaccination of the population with the proven “Sputnik V” drug, created on the basis of a well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors, is one of the key elements in preventing the spread of coronavirus infection".
To date, the “Sputnik V” vaccine has been approved for use in more than 10 countries around the world.
AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE ACCREDITED IN TURKMENISTAN
On December 7, 2022, on behalf of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh G. Mammedova received credentials from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Turkmenistan (with residence in Tehran) Aliye Badara Kamara.
On behalf of the head of state, the head of the national parliament congratulated the guest on his appointment to a responsible diplomatic post, wishing him great success in the noble cause of strengthening the ties of friendship and fruitful cooperation between the two countries.
Thanking for the cordial welcome on the Turkmen land, the diplomat conveyed to President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the entire Turkmen people warm greetings and best wishes from the leadership of his country, expressing readiness to contribute in every possible way to strengthening bilateral cooperation.
During the conversation, the diplomat was informed in detail about the priorities of the foreign policy of independent neutral Turkmenistan, one of the most important aspects of which is the development of broad international cooperation, including with African states.
An interested exchange of views took place on the further development of inter-parliamentary cooperation, including on international platforms - within the framework of authoritative organizations and structures. The Ambassador was informed about the legislative activities of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
Particular attention was also paid to interaction at the level of trade-economic and business relations, the activation of cultural and humanitarian contacts, the development of ties in the fields of science, education, sports and tourism.
In this regard, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Turkmenistan Aliye Badara Kamara expressed confidence in further building up constructive dialogue and good relations that fully meet the interests of the two countries and their friendly peoples.
In the first half of the day, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone to Turkmenistan (with residence in Tehran) Aliye Badara Kamara.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone presented copies of his credentials. Then the parties exchanged views on the development of friendly relations and political, trade, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN RECEIVED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MILLI MEJLIS OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN
On December 7, 2022, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received the Chairman of the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Sahiba Gafarova, who arrived in Turkmenistan at the head of the parliamentary delegation of her country.
Expressing gratitude for the hospitality and the opportunity to discuss topical issues of bilateral cooperation in a personal conversation, the guest conveyed warm greetings from President Ilham Aliyev to the head of state, who addressed his colleague and the entire Turkmen people with sincere wishes of happiness, peace and prosperity.
Welcoming the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov addressed his best wishes to the top leadership and people of the friendly country, expressing confidence that the meetings and negotiations during the current visit will serve to further strengthen and develop inter-parliamentary ties between our fraternal states.
During the meeting, which was held in a constructive manner, the closeness and similarity of the positions of both states on issues of international politics and interregional relations, in particular, related to ensuring global peace and security, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, were noted with satisfaction.
Our countries closely cooperate not only on a bilateral basis, but also within the framework of authoritative organizations such as the UN, the Organization of Turkic States, the CIS, the OSCE, the Non-Aligned Movement, etc.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov also stressed that today Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have a colossal resource, economic, transport and logistics potential, the practical implementation of which is in the interests of not only the peoples of both countries, but also the region as a whole.
Within the framework of multifaceted cooperation, great importance is attached to inter-parliamentary contacts, which are designed to complement interstate relations, strengthen their legislative base and enrich them with new content.
It is noteworthy that the current parliamentary delegation includes almost all members of the established friendship group of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
Stressing that he regards the current visit of the Chairman of the Milli Mejlis of a friendly country as an important step towards the further development of Turkmen-Azerbaijani inter-parliamentary relations, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov at the end of the meeting wished Sahiba Gafarova good health, happiness and success in responsible state activities, and fraternal peace, progress and prosperity to the people of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE MINISTRIES OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN AND TÜRKIYE
On November 28, 2022, political consultations were held in Ankara between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Türkiye.
The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, and the Turkish delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Ministers R.Meredov and M.Cavusoglu confirmed that Turkmenistan and Türkiye attach great importance to bilateral cooperation in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as interaction within international organizations.
The heads of the foreign ministries of the two countries discussed topical issues of bilateral Turkmen-Turkish relations and interaction within the framework of regional and international structures. It was emphasized that high-level contacts, as well as regular consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries are an important factor in advancing relations. In this regard, the possibilities of carrying out the visit of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov to Türkiye in early 2023 were discussed.
The head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry welcomed the acquisition of observer status by Turkmenistan in the Organization of Turkic States and expressed hope that Turkmenistan would become a permanent member.
The diplomats considered preparations for the trilateral meeting of Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Türkiye, which is scheduled to be held in Avaza, Turkmenbashi city, during which it is planned to sign a number of agreements. On the eve of the upcoming trilateral meeting in Turkmenistan, the importance of holding a meeting of the ministers of energy, transport and foreign affairs was noted.
Speaking about the need for coordinated actions to expand economic activity, the parties emphasized the role of the Interstate Turkmen-Turkish Commission for Economic Cooperation and the Turkmen-Turkish Business Council. Issues in the energy sector, in the field of establishing transport and transit corridors were also discussed.
Diplomats also exchanged views on further development of cultural and humanitarian relations. In addition, issues of interaction in the sphere of culture, science, sports and education were discussed.
During the visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan was received by the President of the Republic of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. R.Meredov conveyed greetings and best wishes to the President of the Republic of Türkiye on behalf of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
During the meeting, the parties discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral Turkmen-Turkish cooperation.
ACTUAL DIRECTIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TURKMEN-KOREAN COOPERATION DETERMINED
On November 29, in the morning, the motorcade of the Hero-Arkadag headed to the Yonsan Palace of the President of the Republic of Korea. Here, the head of the protocol service of the Office of the President of the friendly state warmly welcomed Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and invited him to enter the building.
Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh went to the meeting hall of the Palace. Here Hero Arkadag and President Yoon Seok Yeol greeted each other warmly.
During the meeting, the high level of political-diplomatic, economic and cultural relations between the countries, which are actively developing on the basis of the principles of equality and mutual respect, and in recent years have reached a qualitatively new level, was stated.
In the afternoon, the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan held a meeting with the President of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) Christopher Koo, during which issues of developing cooperation in various areas, in particular, in the transport and logistics sector, were discussed.
Then Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with representatives of business circles of the Republic of Korea.
The meeting was attended by the heads of the following companies and structures of the country - "Hyundai Engineering", "Hyundai Corporation", "Hyundai Motor", Export-Import Bank of Korea "KEXIM", "LX International Corp.", "Omnisystem Co Ltd", "Daewoo Engineering & Construction, Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI), MESCO, National Institute for the Development of Korean Medicine, Chilgok Clinic at Kyungbuk National University, KITECH Convergent Technology Center, KD Navien.
At the end of the meeting, a ceremony of signing bilateral documents between the profile structures and business circles of the two countries took place.
Within the framework of the official visit of Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Korea, the members of the delegation of Turkmenistan met with the heads of the profile structures of the friendly country, during which the ways of further development of bilateral partnership were discussed.
Upon completion of the official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan left for homeland.
NEW AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA ACCREDITED IN TURKMENISTAN
On November 30, 2022, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan between the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to Turkmenistan (with residence in Baku) Mr.Thomas Schuller-Gotzburg, who arrived in Ashgabat to present credentials.
In course of the meeting the diplomats expressed the interest of Turkmenistan and Austria in establishing long-term cooperation in various areas of mutual interest. They also discussed the prospects for cooperation at the multilateral level and important issues on the UN agenda of mutual interest.
Emphasizing the important role of the foreign ministries in the development of cooperation between the two countries, the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria to Turkmenistan in 2021 was noted, during which the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs for 2022-2023 was signed.
In frames of the meeting, Ambassador presented copies of his credentials.
In the afternoon, on behalf of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan G.Mammedova received credentials from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to Turkmenistan (with residence in Baku) Mr.Thomas Schuller-Gotzburg.
The Chairman of the National Parliament congratulated the guest on his appointment to a responsible diplomatic post, wishing him success in strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The parties expressed interest in promoting trade and economic ties. In this regard, the importance of the Turkmen-Austrian business forum held on November 29, as well as the 11th meeting of the Turkmen-Austrian Joint Commission on business development and trade, which is taking place today in Ashgabat, was emphasized.
Cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian field was also discussed. In this context, it was noted that the Austrian-Turkmen Society, established in 2008, promotes various cultural events between the countries.
Thanking the Turkmen side for the wishes on the appointment to a high diplomatic post, the Austrian Ambassador to Turkmenistan assured that he would make every effort to further strengthen the Turkmen-Austrian relations.