Items filtered by date: Monday, 14 October 2019 - NEWSDAY GEORGIA

A meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States, chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, takes place in the Turkmen capital. The venue for the Summit is the fashionable Oguzkent Hotel.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Ashgabat. The Republic of Armenia is represented by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

On the outcomes of the Summit it is planned to adopt an important document – the Declaration on strategic economic cooperation of the CIS member states, initiated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Before the meeting, on October 10, the President of Turkmenistan held bilateral meetings with the Presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev.

In the morning, the distinguished guests proceeded to the “Presidential Block” of the Oguzkent Hotel, where in the lobby President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov warmly and cordially welcomed them.

The President of Turkmenistan held bilateral meetings with the Presidents of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

After the ceremony of joint photographing against the background of the official banner of the Summit, the State flags of the CIS member states and the CIS Flag, the forum participants had a meeting in a narrow format.

Declaring the regular meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States open, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev was taking part in the summit for the first time. On behalf of all those present and on his own behalf, the head of Turkmenistan welcomed the distinguished guest as a member of the Council of CIS Heads of State and wished him success in his responsible work.

The President of Turkmenistan gave the floor to the Chairman of the Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev, who provided information on organizational issues.

 

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Published in Economics

During the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State, held in Ashgabat under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the head of Turkmenistan outlined Turkmenistan’s position on Afghan issues and called for coordinating the efforts of the Commonwealth to address the problems in Afghanistan.

As emphasized, presiding over the CIS in 2019, Turkmenistan has identified the main task – to provide all-round support for the development of the CIS potential, filling the activities of the Commonwealth with new content in accordance with the objective requirements of the day. In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that one of the important areas of cooperation was a systematic joint work to ensure peace, security and stability, and effective partnership in countering modern challenges and threats.

“It is not easy to achieve this goal. We all see what complicated processes are observed in the world today, including in the immediate vicinity of the borders of the Commonwealth. Without dramatizing them, however, we have to clearly understand what consequences and potential risks they may bear for our countries”, said the President of Turkmenistan.

“It seems that one of the factors that must be taken into account in the joint political and diplomatic work is the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”, continued President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. “Turkmenistan, as the state neighboring Afghanistan, is actively participating in international efforts aimed at strengthening stability in this country, reviving its socio-economic infrastructure, and providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people”.

Confirming the readiness of neutral Turkmenistan to provide its political space for the negotiation process on Afghan issues in cooperation with the UN and other interested international organizations, the President of Turkmenistan expressed belief that this dialogue should be conducted with the leading role of the Afghan side.

At the same time, it was emphasized that Afghanistan-friendly states should take an active part in the implementation of economic projects, aimed at creating and strengthening the energy, transport, communication and industrial foundations of the Afghan economy.

To this goal, today our country, together with its Afghan partners, is implementing a number of international projects.

In addition, Turkmenistan provides humanitarian assistance to the Afghan population on a regular basis, including construction of schools, hospitals and other social facilities. “We think that such an integrated approach to solving political, economic and humanitarian issues will allow us to effectively resolve Afghanistan’s issues and problems in the future”, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized.

Defining the main vectors of coordinated work of the CIS in the Afghan direction, the President of Turkmenistan called for CIS Ministers of Foreign Affairs to hold political consultations in the near future.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Published in Economics

Speaking at the Ashgabat meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State, the President of Turkmenistan outlined the economic partnership as an important component of cooperation between the CIS.

As emphasized, Turkmenistan stands for offering new impetus to the development of trade and economic ties in the Commonwealth. With this aim, during the CIS Summit in Sochi in October 2017, Turkmenistan put forward an initiative to draft and adopt a multilateral document that defines the basic principles and vectors of cooperation of the Commonwealth states in this field.

Noting that the Declaration was drafted and put on the agenda of the current meeting of the Council of Heads of State, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined that its adoption would require the development of new approaches to boosting economic activity in the CIS.

“The strategy of the CIS economic cooperation should take into account the changes, taking place in the global economy today. It is necessary to respond to these trends in a timely manner, take into account the focus, and use the existing competitive advantages to form and promote the CIS economic agenda in the context of global economic processes” emphasized the President of Turkmenistan..

Highlighting such strategic areas as energy, industry, transport and trade, the Turkmen leader expressed confidence that the CIS was able to implement large-scale and long-term projects in these areas.

“The Commonwealth of Independent States, due to its geopolitical and geo-economic positions, should play an initiative role on the continent, take an active part in the development and expansion of trade and economic partnership between the East and the West, Asia and Europe. In this regard, the most important task is the participation of our countries in the implementation of various projects with other states, access to neighboring regions where we have something to offer to our partners in the economic, innovative and technological spheres”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized.

The President of Turkmenistan proposed to consider a plan of joint actions to enhance economic cooperation in the CIS with a focus on the possible formation and development of energy, industrial, transport and trade corridors connecting the Commonwealth states with world markets at the first meeting of the Economic Council in 2020.

As noted, if this initiative is supported by the Economic Council in the future, we can suggest the Council of the Heads of Government of the CIS to discuss the possibilities of its implementation in specific economic projects.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Published in Economics

Speaking at a meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov specified the interstate humanitarian cooperation among the priority areas of cooperation.

As emphasized, this year the Forum of Creative Intelligentsia of the CIS countries was successfully held in Ashgabat. A number of other significant social and cultural events were also held in the Commonwealth states.

“We are aimed at the wide and comprehensive development of relations in the scientific, educational, cultural, sports, tourism and other fields of humanitarian partnership within the CIS. We consider cooperation in this area as a key factor in strengthening the ties of friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of our countries”, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Published in Politics

Speaking during the Summit of CIS Heads of State, the President of Turkmenistan underlined that Turkmenistan supported the proposal of the Russian Federation to extend the term of office of Sergey Lebedev for another three-year period.

The Turkmen leader noted that Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sergey Lebedev, whose term of office expires in December, worked purposefully and with the highest responsibility, had done a lot for the preservation and development of the Commonwealth.

Announcing the relevant decision, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on behalf of all those present congratulated Sergey Lebedev and wished him further success in his work.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Published in Economics

“The agenda of the meeting includes the Address of the CIS Heads of State to the peoples of the Commonwealth and the world community on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War”, said the President of Turkmenistan, speaking at the Summit of CIS Heads of State, emphasizing that this date is sacred to all of us.

“In our states, much is being done to preserve and strengthen the historical memory of soldiers and officers, who won the Great Victory, of those people, who made an invaluable contribution to its achievement. Speaking about this, the President of Turkmenistan proposed to hold solemn ceremony of laying flowers to the Victory memorials and to organize fireworks dedicated to the anniversary in all CIS countries on May 9, 2020.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Published in Economics

The solemn ceremony of awarding President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the medal “For Merits in the Development of Humanitarian Cooperation” of the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States (IFES) took place upon completion of the meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State.

Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergey Lebedev invited Chairman of the Board of the IFES, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Russian Federation Polad Bulbul oglu and the co-chair of the Board, the Russian President's Special Representative for International Cultural Cooperation, Mikhail Shvydkoi to present this award.

To the applause of all those present, they presented an honorary award to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Expressing sincere gratitude to the Board of the Fund for the decision to award this high award, the President of Turkmenistan noted that he regarded this event, first of all, as a sign of respect for Turkmenistan and its people, recognition of the merits of our country in strengthening the interaction of CIS countries in the cultural and humanitarian sphere.

As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized, the development of international cooperation in this area was one of the priorities of the state policy of Turkmenistan. “We believe that under the present conditions, it is the culture that will become a bridge uniting countries and peoples”, the President of Turkmenistan said. Peace through culture - this is how Turkmenistan formulates its credo in building up a humanitarian dialogue with other countries.

Highly evaluating the activities of the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation, the President of Turkmenistan noted that today the IFES had fulfilled an important mission to organize large-scale joint events, effectively facilitated contacts between cultural and scientific figures of the Commonwealth countries, and initiated various creative contests and festivals. “This work deserves the greatest respect and gratitude”, the President said, addressing the words of gratitude to the management and employees of the Fund for their work.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov confirmed the intention of Turkmenistan to continue to closely cooperate with the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS, to provide it with all possible support and assistance, and wished the leadership of the IFES great successes in this important and responsible work.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

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