Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Caspian countries began in Ashgabat
A meeting of heads of the Foreign Ministries of the Caspian states has opened in Ashgabat. Rashid Meredov met his colleagues arriving at the building of the Foreign Ministry. The first to arrive was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who held a bilateral meeting with Meredov on the sidelines of the forum.
Then came Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Khalaf Khalafov, Foreign Minister of Iran Hussein Amir Abdullahian, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi.
Each of them was photographed with a handshake, after which the delegations and media representatives proceeded to the meeting room.
G7 Foreign Ministers demand Russia immediately return control of Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant to Ukraine
On 10 August, G7 Foreign Ministers, including the EU High Representative Josep Borrell, demanded that Russia immediately hand back full control of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant and of all the nuclear facilities to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine. This will ensure their safe and secure operation.
“Ukrainian staff operating the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant must be able to carry out their duties without threats or pressure. It is Russia’s continued control of the plant that endangers the region,” says the G7 statement.
The ministers warned that the seizure of Ukrainian nuclear facilities and other actions by Russian armed forces significantly raise the risk of a nuclear accident or incident and endangering the population of Ukraine, neighboring states and the international community. It also undermines the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) ability to monitor Ukraine’s peaceful nuclear activities for safeguarding purposes.
“IAEA staff must be able to access all nuclear facilities in Ukraine safely and without impediment, and engage directly, and without interference, with the Ukrainian personnel responsible for the operation of these facilities,” says the statement.
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Georgia and Turkmenistan open direct flights to each other
Turkmenistan and Georgia have agreed to open direct flights - during the visit of Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to Ashgabat, representatives of the two countries signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of transport, which will make it possible to start direct flights between Ashgabat and Tbilisi.
During the negotiations, the possibility of removing barriers to the export of Georgian products to Turkmenistan was considered, which, in turn, can arrange supplies of its chemical industry products to Georgia.
During the visit, the Prime Minister of Georgia met with the President of Turkmenistan. In addition, Georgian Foreign Minister Ilya Darchiashvili met with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.
Tbilisi hosts a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov, together with his delegation arrived in Tbilisi this morning. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, accompanied by his delegation is also in Tbilisi.
Within the framework of the visit, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia held meetings with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, also held a meeting with his Azerbaijani and Armenian colleagues.
The sides noted with satisfaction the high agenda of Georgia-Azerbaijan strategic partnership, on the one hand, and the centuries-old friendship and good-neighbourly relations between Georgia and Armenia, on the other.
Special attention was paid to the importance of joint efforts to ensure stability and peaceful development in the region. In this context, the Georgian side welcomed the visit of the foreign ministers of the two countries to Tbilisi and once again expressed its commitment to contribute, through joint efforts, to peace and stability in the region.
Following the discussions with his colleagues, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomed the meeting to be held by the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in a bilateral format.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the visit to Tbilisi of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Armenia as Georgia's neighboring and friendly countries, and expresses the hope that through the concerted efforts to ensure peaceful coexistence in the South Caucasus and stable development of the region, it will become possible to solve various issues on the agenda, create positive dynamics and develop the potential of the region.
Georgia expresses its readiness to further host the dialogue in the same format for the benefit of the region.
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POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS WERE HELD BETWEEN THE MINISTRIES OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN AND SAUDI ARABIA
On June 23, 2022, political consultations were held in Ashgabat between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The delegation of Turkmenistan was headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs B.G. Myatiev, the delegation of Saudi Arabia - by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Waleed Abdulkareem El-Khereiji.
During the consultations, the parties discussed key aspects of bilateral cooperation in the political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres, as well as current international issues.
It was noted with satisfaction that Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia are developing a wide and multi-level political and diplomatic dialogue on strengthening regional and world stability, countering such challenges and threats as terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, and other types of illegal activities, are stepping up joint efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, the importance of mutual support within the framework of major international organizations, primarily the UN, was emphasized. It was noted that Saudi Arabia invariably supports the international initiatives of Turkmenistan and is a co-author of many of them. In turn, Turkmenistan also provides support to Saudi Arabia, including on a number of draft resolutions of the General Assembly put forward by this country, as well as in the nomination of Saudi candidates to various UN structures.
A separate topic of discussion was the creation and development of the necessary conditions for attracting investment in various sectors of the economy of Turkmenistan, the implementation of promising infrastructure projects, and industrial cooperation. In particular, it was noted that there are great opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in such areas as petrochemistry and gas chemistry. In this regard, the value of the accumulated experience of cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Saudi Fund for Development was noted.
The parties stressed the importance of further developing cultural and scientific ties, continuing the traditions of holding mutual Days of Culture, and expanding the humanitarian dialogue between the two fraternal peoples.
At the consultations, it was especially emphasized that the official visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Saudi Arabia, preparations for which are currently in full swing, will serve as a powerful impetus for the strengthening and qualitative enrichment of bilateral ties.
Then the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov.
During the conversation, the parties exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral relations, as well as on the regional and global agenda. It was noted that Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia are making a great positive contribution to ensuring peace and stability in Central Asia and the Middle East, are pursuing a responsible and far-sighted line aimed at normalizing and stabilizing global processes. The interlocutors agreed to continue the political and diplomatic dialogue, close cooperation in determining approaches to topical issues of world politics.
The head of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry informed the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia that Turkmenistan had decided to support the candidacy of Saudi Arabia as the venue for the World Expo 2030 and was ready to assist in the preparation of this important global event.
Ashgabat and Tehran to sign new cooperation documents
President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimukhamedov, at the head of a high-ranking delegation of political and economic officials, will arrive in Tehran on Tuesday evening (June 14) for a two-day visit on the official invitation of his Iranian counterpart, Syed Ibrahim Raisi, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
As a result of the meeting of the head of Turkmenistan with the President of Iran and extended negotiations with the participation of government delegations of the two countries, it is planned to sign many documents on cooperation and a memorandum of understanding on the most important issues, Mehr reports.