The EU Special Representative met with the heads of both chambers of the Turkmen Parliament
Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met on Wednesday with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Teri Khakala, who arrived in Ashgabat.
The main topic of the conversation was the development of parliamentary contacts as a mechanism for diplomacy and cooperation, strengthening of legal support for joint agreements and closer consultative interaction in the legislative sphere.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, emphasizing the policy of "open doors" pursued by Turkmenistan, noted that partnership with the EU in this regard is of paramount importance, and spoke in favor of enriching and intensifying this dialogue.
Teri Khakala also met with Gulshat Mammedova, Chairwoman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh, discussing topical issues of interaction between the EU and Turkmenistan through the parliamentary line. The meeting was attended by EU Ambassador to Turkmenistan Diego Ruiz Alonso.
David Zalkaliani has met with the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
The Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani met with the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina, who arrived in Georgia as part of his regional tour.
The sides discussed all current issues of NATO-Georgia cooperation. The conversation focused on Georgia’s progress on the Euro-Atlantic integration path and noted that Georgia is one of the closest and most compatible partners of the Alliance. The sides underlined NATO's commitment to the decision of the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Georgia will become a member of NATO.
David Zalkaliani and Javier Colomina exchanged views over the difficult security environment in the occupied regions of Georgia. Javier Colomina reiterated the Alliance’s support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The sides discussed NATO-Georgia cooperation in the field of Black Sea security and the need for aspirant Georgia’s more active involvement in NATO’s efforts to strengthen Black Sea security.
Javier Colomina thanked Georgia for its contribution to international peace and security, as well as for its role during the recent evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan.
The sides also discussed issues related to ა new strategic concept for NATO, and the Georgian side expressed the hope that the new concept will duly address the need to maintain an "open door policy" and Georgia's membership in NATO.
Prime Minister’s meeting with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili held a meeting with Javier Colomina, the NATO Secretary General's newly appointed Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister congratulated Colomina on his appointment and expressed confidence that his tenure will mark NATO-Georgia relations deepening even further and concrete steps toward Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration.
The conversation focused on NATO's open-door policy and Georgia's integration into the North Atlantic Alliance, pointing out the country's formidable progress toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration, strengthening democratic institutions, and implementing defense reforms.
The meeting paid special attention to the upcoming 2022 NATO Summit, underlining it as an excellent opportunity for duly assessing Georgia's progress, further to encourage the country's advancement on the path toward Euro-Atlantic integration.
The meeting discussed cooperation on Black Sea security, with emphasis on Georgia's considerable contribution to ensuring Euro-Atlantic peace and security. The parties underscored Georgia's role in in international peace missions, namely the ISAF operations in Afghanistan and the process of evacuation from Afghanistan after the completion of the Resolute Support Mission. Georgia remains committed to the common principles and values of security, ready to continue participating in the Allies' efforts to secure global peace and security.
The parties singled out the implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, the key mechanism of NATO's practical support for Georgia, as the Georgian Government's top priority.
The meeting also touched on the importance of joint NATO-Georgia exercises, underlining that joint efforts have resulted in modernizing and developing relevant training infrastructure meeting NATO standards. Consequently, Georgia is ready to offer the Allies a high-standard setting for large-scale drills.
The meeting was attended by Head NATO International Office's Political Affairs and Security Division Steffen Elgersma, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia Rosaria Puglisi, Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia Pirit Pikker, and Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani representing the Georgian side.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Turkmenistan participated in a multilateral ministerial meeting on Afghanistan
On the 8th of September 2021, a multilateral ministerial meeting on Afghanistan took place in the format of a videoconferencing. The subject matter of the session was the situation in this country.
The Foreign Ministers of more than 20 countries as well as the high-level representatives of the UN, EC and NATO also attended the virtual talk initiated by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Based on the main subject of the talks, the Foreign Ministers of the participating countries exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan and the efforts of the international community to expand cooperation on the Afghan track.
Turkmen side noted that, as the closest neighbor of Afghanistan, for Turkmenistan, the issue of stability and security in this country has its direct influence and significance, from a political, economic and humanitarian point of view.
The Turkmen side, speaking on the importance of creating new formats of partnership on Afghanistan, stressed the need to establish effective mechanisms of multilateral cooperation aimed at achieving peace and civil accord in this country, ensuring security and social stability, as well as the well-being of the Afghan people.
Georgia uses all available mechanisms to consolidate the international community - Zalkaliani on the latest developments across the occupation line
The situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and the latest developments across the occupation line were discussed during a meeting between the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani and the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia, Toivo Klaar.
“We discussed in detail the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. Expressing Georgia’s clear position regarding the illegal borderization process I urged the EU Special Representative as one of the key actors in the Geneva Process to press for this issue in a bilateral dialogue with the Russian Federation, as well as in their communication with the occupation regimes” – Zalkaliani said following the meeting.
According to him, the occupation regime’s attempts to use humanitarian issues to attain its illegal political aims are unacceptable and this must end immediately. Zalkaliani underlined that he will use all available mechanisms, including international formats to discuss this issue during his visits in Strasbourg and Vienna where he will hold meetings at the Council of Europe, and will also participate in the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council and will conduct bilateral meeting within OSCE.
“To the occupation regime’s efforts to escalate the process we should oppose our consistent position and continue to mobilize and consolidate the international community and to use the Geneva format to its maximum to achive further de-escalation of the situation” – the Minister said adding that Georgia will propose measures that need to be taken to ensure free movement on the ground.
The EU Special Representative, for his part, highlighted that all needs to be done to open the crossing points to relieve the local population of the problems they are currently facing.