STATEMENT FOR THE MASS MEDIA

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Monday, 05 September 2022 17:33

In order to improve and maintain on a systematic basis the rules for the stay of citizens of Turkmenistan in the Republic of Türkiye, the Turkmen side requested the state of the Republic of Türkiye to introduce on a temporary basis a visa regime of various categories for citizens of Turkmenistan.

Ministry of Foreign affairs of Turkmenistan.

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    Stigma and impunity have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions. Across the world, as well as in Georgia, violence against women and girls remains one of the most pervasive and latent human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.

    A world where violence against women and girls is not just condemned but stopped is possible. It can and must be prevented.

    As highlighted in the GREVIO baseline report on Georgia published on 22/11/2022, over the past decade, Georgia has made significant progress towards effectively addressing the shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls by putting in place a comprehensive policy and legislative framework, producing data and strengthening institutions to effectively enforce the laws. Moreover, specialized services for survivors such as shelters, crisis centres and a hotline have been created, and law enforcement has been specialized to handle cases in a more sensitive and qualified manner. Importantly, there have been positive shifts in public perceptions and an increase in survivors’ trust in the justice system and services.

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    Taking the opportunity, the President of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan once again congratulated the head of Turkmenistan on his election to the highest state post and wished him success in his noble and responsible work.

    Expressing sincere gratitude to the President of the UAE on behalf of the Turkmen delegation for the warm welcome and hospitality, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov also conveyed warm greetings from the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to him.

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    The parties also exchanged views on a number of topical aspects of the regional and global agenda of mutual interest, which primarily concerns ensuring global peace, security and sustainable development.

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    Expressing gratitude for the time spent, the guest conveyed warm greetings to the head of state from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin, who addressed the best wishes to all the Turkmen people.

    Conveying greetings and best wishes to the leadership of the Russian Federation, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that our country attaches great importance to strengthening the interstate dialogue, which is in the nature of a strategic partnership.

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    On November 15, 2022, 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 Uganda to Turkmenistan Muhammad Tezikuba Kisambira.

    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 success in strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

    Thanking for the kind words and hospitality shown on the Turkmen land, the Ambassador conveyed the best wishes from the leadership of his country to the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the people of the country, emphasizing that he considers it an honor to be the plenipotentiary envoy of Uganda in independent neutral Turkmenistan - a state that has won its peace-loving policy and peacekeeping initiatives of great international prestige.

    During the conversation, the diplomat was informed about the main directions of national state policy, one of the most important aspects of which is the development of broad international cooperation. The guest was also acquainted with the socio-economic and democratic transformations being implemented in our country at the initiative of the head of state, which have as their main goal the well-being of the people, the economic growth of Turkmenistan.

    One of the topics of the meeting was the activities of the national Parliament to modernize the legal framework in the context of ongoing large-scale reforms. At the same time, the importance of expanding the dialogue at the inter-parliamentary level, bilateral cooperation within the framework of the UN structural divisions was noted.

    The diplomat noted the great interest of his country in the development of trade, business, cultural and humanitarian contacts, including in the field of tourism and sports, stressing that he would make every effort to successfully promote bilateral dialogue.

    At the end of the meeting, the diplomat expressed confidence that relations between our countries would reach a new level that would meet modern realities and mutual interests.

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