The President of Turkmenistan received the EU Special Representative for Central Asia
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received on Wednesday the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Teri Hakala, who arrived in Ashgabat on a visit. As noted during the meeting, Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the further development of partnership with the European Union and regards this visit as an impetus for constructive cooperation.
The Head of State stressed that the opening of the official representative office of the European Union in Ashgabat in 2019 marked a new chapter in Turkmenistan's relations with the EU.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Terry Hakala confirmed their interest in expanding cooperation both in the field of politics and in the spheres of economy, ecology and humanitarian affairs.
The joint committee "European Union – Turkmenistan", the formats of the inter–parliamentary dialogue, the dialogue on human rights and the Dialogue "European Union – Central Asia" were called effective platforms for interaction.
Ashgabat and Brussels are actively cooperating in the field of modernization of Turkmenistan's legislation, implementing joint projects in the educational sphere, the digital sector, the agro-industrial complex, water resources management and climate issues.
Georgia and the EU hold annual Human Rights Dialogue
On 22 June in Brussels, the EU and Georgia held the 15th round of the annual Human Rights Dialogue.
Participants exchanged views on the human rights situation in Georgia and on recent developments in the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights since the last dialogue in July 2021.
The Georgian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Teimuraz Gianjalia, and the EU delegation was led by Richard Tibbels, from the European External Action Service. The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, also participated in the meeting.
The next EU-Georgia human rights dialogue is planned to take place in Tbilisi in 2023.
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The President of Turkmenistan and the head of CNPC discussed oil and gas cooperation
On Monday, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov received the head of the China National Petroleum Corporation - CNPC Hou Qijun. The topic of their conversation was the prospects for cooperation in the fuel and energy sector.
Qijun confirmed the interest of the company and Chinese business circles in general in expanding cooperation with Turkmenistan on a long-term basis.
The head of state noted that this partnership is developing in many areas, both political and diplomatic, trade and economic spheres, including transport and communications, industry and technology, as well as the cultural and humanitarian fields.
CNPC is a long-standing and a reliable partner of Turkmenistan in the fuel and energy complex, an example of which is a large-scale project - the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline. More than 330 billion cubic meters of Turkmen natural gas was transported to China through this transnational pipeline. Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the President of CNPC exchanged views on further cooperation in the oil and gas sector. Hou Qijun informed the head of state about the work being carried out by CNPC in Turkmenistan, including in the contract area of Bagtyyarlyk and the industrial development of the Galkynysh gas field-one of the largest in the world.
Qijun added that he is grateful to the head of Turkmenistan for his personal participation in the opening of a new joint facility - the Gadyn gas-collecting station in Lebap, which took place the day before.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized that the Turkmen fuel and energy complex purposefully draws on the world's best practices and effective innovations to build the potential of the mining and processing sectors, diversify pipeline supplies of hydrocarbon resources and master the production of new types of highly liquid products.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov will visit Saudi Arabia again – now on an official visit
The organization of bilateral events in preparation for the official visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Saudi Arabia was discussed on Monday by phone by the Foreign Ministers of both countries.
Rashid Meredov and his colleague Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud agreed that political consultations with the participation of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia will be held in Ashgabat this month, and a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation will be held in Riyadh in the second half of the year.
"During the telephone conversation, it was stressed that these events will be held in the context of preparations for the official visit of President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan said.
Meredov expressed gratitude to his colleague for the excellent organization of the two-day visit of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 1-2 to perform the Umrah Hajj (small pilgrimage) ceremony
The Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian countries are committed to the transformation of the CICBM
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central Asian States visited the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICBM) in Nur-Sultan. Among the high-ranking guests are Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbek Kulubayev, Acting The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov, the Minister of Transport of Tajikistan Azim Ibrohim, as well as the heads of diplomatic missions of the CICBM member states, according to the website of the international forum.
The Executive Director of the CICBM, Ambassador Kairat Sarybai, informed about the approaches to the transformation of the CICBM into a full-fledged international organization - the Organization for Interaction and Cooperation in Asia.
He noted that the transformation into an Organization will reflect the increased role of Asia in global issues and will bring the interaction of Member States to a qualitatively new level of cooperation. The launch of the CICBM transformation process into an international Organization is a key issue on the agenda of the Sixth CICBM Summit, which will be held in October in the capital of Kazakhstan.
Within the framework of the event, a postage stamp cancellation ceremony was held, the issue of which Kazpost JSC timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the CICBM.
The Forum, established in 1992 on the UN platform, unites 27 member states, including Central Asian Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan became an observer in the CICBM in 2021.
Главы МИД стран Центральной Азии привержены трансформации СВМДА
Министры иностранных дел государств Центральной Азии посетили штаб-квартиру Секретариата Совещания по взаимодействию и мерам доверия в Азии (СВМДА) в Нур-Султане. Среди высокопоставленных гостей - заместитель премьер-министра – министр иностранных дел Казахстана Мухтар Тлеуберди, вице-премьер – министр иностранных дел Туркменистана Рашид Мередов, министр иностранных дел Кыргызстана Жээнбек Кулубаев, и.о. министра иностранных дел Узбекистана Владимир Норов, министр транспорта Таджикистана Азим Иброхим, а также главы дипломатических миссий государств-членов СВМДА, сообщается на сайте международного форума.
Исполнительный директор СВМДА посол Кайрат Сарыбай информировал о подходах к трансформации СВМДА в полноценную международную организацию - Организацию по взаимодействию и сотрудничеству в Азии.
Он отметил, что преобразование в Организацию позволит отразить возросшую роль Азии в глобальных вопросах и выведет взаимодействие государств-членов на качественно новый уровень сотрудничества. Запуск процесса трансформации СВМДА в международную Организацию является ключевым вопросом повестки дня Шестого Саммита СВМДА, который состоится в октябре в столице Казахстана.
В рамках мероприятия состоялась церемония гашения почтовой марки, выпуск которой АО «Казпочта» приурочила к 30-летию СВМДА.
Форум, созданной в 1992 году на платформе ООН, объединяет 27 государств-членов, включая центральноазиатские Казахстан, Кыргызстан, Таджикистан и Узбекистан. Туркменистан стал наблюдателем в СВМДА в 2021 году.