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On November 16, 2021, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan a briefing was organized which was dedicated to the results of the visit of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Turkey where the Leader of Turkmenistan took part at the Eighth Summitof the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), as well as to the issues of the preparation to the Summit of the Heads of the Member-States of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) under the chair of Turkmenistan, which is to take place on November 28 of the current year.

Heads and representatives of the local media and foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan took part at the press-briefing. Representatives of foreign mass media from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, India, United Arab Emirates, France, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Romania, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ukraine also participated to the briefing by videoconferencing.

Having warmly greeted the participants of the briefing, the deputy head of the foreign political agency of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev especially noted the importance of the current meeting from the point of view of all-round activation of international interaction of our country on authoritative platforms of regional and global significance.

He underlined that the main themes of today’s briefing are the results of the working visit of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Turkey which took place on November 12 of the current year.

By highlighting the main vectors emanating from the speech of the Leader of Nation at the 8th Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), V.Hajiyev underlined the significance of Turkmenistan’s joining the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States as an observer.

It was specifically noted that the 8th Summit of the Turkic Council held in Istanbul marks a new milestone in the interaction of Turkmenistan with the Turkic-speaking states where there are broad opportunities for the joint work in such spheres as economy, trade, investments, ecology, science, education and some other perspective fields.

The briefing gave an opportunity to consider the key directions of work of the important regional structure – the Turkic Council which unites Turkic-speaking public, who has verified that the cultural values unite the peoples of the world and strengthen humanitarian dialogue between the countries.

During the second part of the briefing the participants got acquainted with the progress of the preparatory work to the 15th Summit of the Heads of the Member-states of the Economic Cooperation Organization under the chair of Turkmenistan which will be held on November 28, 2021 in Ashgabat.

As is known, Turkmenistan as a country which chairs this year in the ECO and as a receiving state of the Summit of the Organization, conducts preparatory work on the very high level.

Within the framework of the main events the Meeting of the Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Economic Cooperation Organization as well as the Business Forum of the member-countries of the ECO will be held.

In the meaningful speeches of the participants it was highlighted that the dynamic, consistent and innovational character of the peace-loving foreign policy strategy of our state constitutes the basis for the steady strengthening of international authority and the growth of its role in regional and global geopolitics.

Thus, the Meeting of the Leaders of the member-countries of the ECO, which will take place on November 28, on the Foundation Day of the Organization will be a good opportunity for the exchange of views on a broad range of issues, being the biggest final event of the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in this authoritative Organization.

The representatives of the mass media during the briefing received not only detailed information on the latest events in the international life of our state, presented by the speakers, but also the opportunity to ask their questions.

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16 ноября 2021 года в здании Министерства иностранных дел Туркменистана был организован брифинг, посвящённый итогам визита Президента Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова в Турецкую Республику, в рамках которого Лидер Туркменистана принял участие в 8-ом Саммите Тюркского совета, а также вопросам подготовки Саммита Глав государств-членов Организации экономического сотрудничества (ОЭС) под председательством Туркменистана, который состоится в Ашхабаде 28 ноября этого года.

На нынешнем пресс-брифинге приняли участие руководители и представители местных средств массовой информации и журналисты, аккредитованные в Туркменистане. Представители зарубежных СМИ из Азербайджана, Австрии, Афганистана, Бельгии, Великобритании, Индии, Объединенных Арабских Эмиратов, Франции, Казахстана, Кыргызстана, Малайзии, Пакистана, России, Румынии, Турции, Узбекистана и Украины также участвовали на брифинге посредством видеоконференцсвязи.

Тепло поприветствовав участников брифинга, заместитель главы внешнеполитического ведомства Туркменистана Вепа Хаджиев особо отметил важную роль данной встречи с точки зрения всесторонней активизации международного взаимодействия нашей страны на авторитетных платформах регионального и глобального значения.

Он подчеркнул, что основными темами сегодняшнего пресс-брифинга являются итоги рабочего визита Президента Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова в Турецкую Республику, состоявшегося 12 ноября текущего года.

Осветив основные векторы, исходящие из выступления Лидера Нации на 8-ом Саммите глав государств Совета сотрудничества тюркоязычных государств (Тюркского совета), В.Хаджиев подчеркнул особое значение вступления Туркменистана в Совет сотрудничества тюркоязычных государств в качестве наблюдателя.

Было особо отмечено, что прошедший в Стамбуле 8-й Саммит Тюркского совета знаменует собой новую веху во взаимодействии Туркменистана с тюркоязычными государствами, где имеются широкие возможности для совместной работы в таких сферах, как экономика, торговля, инвестиции, экология, наука, образование, а также в других перспективных направлениях.

Данный брифинг дал возможность рассмотреть ключевые направления работы важной региональной структуры - Тюркского совета, объединяющее в себе тюркоязычную общественность, которая удостоверилась в том, что культурные ценности сплачивают народы мира и укрепляют гуманитарный диалог между странами.

Во второй части брифинга, участники ознакомились с ходом подготовительных работ к 15-му саммиту Глав государств-членов Организации экономического сотрудничества под председательством Туркменистана, который пройдёт в Ашхабаде 28 ноября этого года.

Как известно, Туркменистан в качестве страны, председательствующей в нынешнем году в ОЭС и принимающей у себя Саммит Глав государств-участников Организации, ведёт подготовительную работу на самом высоком уровне.

В рамках основных мероприятий пройдет заседание Совета Министров иностранных дел, а также бизнес-форум стран-участниц ОЭС.

В ходе содержательных выступлений было особо подчёркнуто, что динамичный, последовательный и инновационный характер миролюбивой внешнеполитической стратегии нашего государства составляет основу неуклонного укрепления международного авторитета и роста его роли в региональной и глобальной геополитике.

Таким образом, встреча Лидеров стран-участниц ОЭС, которая состоится 28 ноября – в День образования Организации, станет хорошей возможностью для обмена мнениями по самому широкому кругу вопросов, выступая в качестве крупного итогового события председательства Туркменистана в этой авторитетной организации.

Представители средств массовой информации получили в ходе брифинга не только детальную информацию по последним событиям международной жизни нашей страны, представленную выступавшими, но и возможность задать свои вопросы.

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BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping attaches great importance to the China-U.S. relationship and has been consistently pushing for its sound and steady development.

Since Joe Biden became U.S. president in January, Xi has on multiple occasions reiterated his views and proposals. The following are some highlights of his remarks.

Nov. 16, 2021

In a virtual meeting with Biden, Xi noted that both China and the United States are at critical stages of development, and the "global village" of humanity faces multiple challenges.

As the world's two largest economies and permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and the United States need to increase communication and cooperation, each run their domestic affairs well and, at the same time, shoulder their share of international responsibilities, and work together to advance the noble cause of world peace and development, Xi said.

He stressed that a sound and steady China-U.S. relationship is required for advancing the two countries' respective development and for safeguarding a peaceful and stable international environment, including finding effective responses to global challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He highlighted mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation as three principles in developing China-U.S. relations in the new era.

He called on the two countries to respect each other's social systems and development paths, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, and respect each other's right to development.

The world is big enough for the two countries to develop individually and collectively, Xi said. "The right thing to do is to choose mutual benefit over the zero-sum game or the I-win-you-lose approach."

Nov. 9, 2021

In his congratulatory letter to the 2021 Gala Dinner hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Xi pointed out that the China-U.S. relationship is among the most important bilateral relationships in the world today.

Right now, China-U.S. relations are at a critical historical juncture, and both countries will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation, Xi noted, adding that cooperation is the only right choice.

He stressed that following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board, jointly address regional and international issues as well as global challenges and, in the meantime, properly manage differences, so as to bring China-U.S. relations back to the right track of sound and steady development.

Sept. 10, 2021

Taking a phone call from Biden, Xi pointed out that for some time, due to the U.S. policy on China, the China-U.S. relationship has run into serious difficulty, which serves neither the fundamental interests of the people of the two countries, nor the common interests of countries around the world.

Noting that China and the United States are respectively the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country, Xi stressed that whether they can handle their relationship well bears on the future of the world, and it is a question of the century to which the two countries must provide a good answer.

When China and the United States cooperate, the two countries and the world will benefit; when China and the United States are in confrontation, the two countries and the world will suffer, he said, adding that getting the relationship right is not optional, but something we must do and must do well.

He suggested that the two countries should look ahead and press forward, demonstrate strategic courage and political resolve, and bring China-U.S. relations back to the right track of stable development as soon as possible for the good of the people in both countries and around the world.

Feb. 11, 2021

Taking a phone call from Biden on the eve of the Lunar New Year, Xi pointed out that the restoration and growth of China-U.S. relations has been the most important development in international relations over the past half century and more.

When China and the United States work together, they can accomplish a great deal for the good of both countries and the world at large; confrontation between the two countries, however, will definitely be disastrous for both countries and the world, Xi said.

Emphasizing that the China-U.S. relationship is currently at an important juncture, Xi said it is the common desire of both peoples and the wider international community to see the sound and stable development of China-U.S. relations.

The two countries, Xi suggested, should make joint efforts in the same direction, follow the spirit of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, focus on cooperation, manage their differences, and work for the sound and stable development of China-U.S. relations.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping met with U.S. President Joe Biden via video link on Tuesday morning (Beijing Time). The two presidents exchanged views on China-U.S. relations and issues of common concern in the meeting. Click the video for the highlights of Xi-Biden virtual meeting.

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On 11-12 October, Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia travelled to Kakheti to highlight the EU’s support to the region. He visited various sites in Kvareli, Telavi and Pankisi valley, and met with diverse groups of people. The visit focused on energy efficiency, support for businesses, and outreach to Georgia’s youth.

As a first stop, Ambassador Hartzell visited Kvareli Lake Resort, which has been renovated and refurnished according to EU standards in energy efficiency, health and safety within the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line. The Resort spreads over 300 hectares of natural landscape in Kvareli. The support of the European Union and EBRD helped the company gain full compliance with Georgian regulation and with the applicable EU Directives.

The visit continued with EuroClub Kvareli, where Ambassador Hartzell opened the Club’s second anniversary event. EuroClub Kvareli was established within the EU’s Young European Ambassadors initiative in November 2019. Its main goal is to promote education and development among young people in Kvareli, and to provide access to non-formal education. Over the past two years, EuroClub Kvareli reached 1200 people through 100 activities, like film clubs, English lessons and other events.

On the same day, Ambassador Hartzell visited two other companies, which had received support through the EU4Business EBRD Credit Line. The winery and distillery Askaneli Brothers exports products internationally, including to EU countries like Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, and Poland, making full use of the DCFTA. Thanks to the EU’s and EBRD’s support, the company invested in state-of-the-art production facilities and equipment, improved food safety management, as well as energy efficiency, waste management and health safety, making both products and the workplace safer for people.

The first day concluded in the Holiday Inn in Telavi, which has been made more energy efficient through the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line. Besides a substantial loan, the company also received technical support from a team of international experts, helping the hotel upgrade its business practices as well as energy use.

In the morning of the second day, Ambassador Carl Hartzell visited Ikalto village in Telavi municipality and officially opened a local Kindergarten, which has been renovated and thermo-rehabilitated within an EU-funded project, implemented by Energy Efficiency Centre Georgia. Thanks to biomass energy technology created from vineyard waste products, the kindergarten will now be fully heated in winter, while also saving 60% of electricity costs. The opening event took take place within the EU’s ongoing campaign on energy efficiency “Doing More with Less”(link is external).

Ambassador Hartzell then visited the Learning and Employment Support Center in Telavi, observed entrepreneurial skills training and met with local youth. The Center is part of the EU’s Skills4Jobs programme and run by the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) in partnership with the Young Pedagogues’ Union and Georgian Civil Development Association. Through the project, young people in Kakheti, Guria and Kvemo Kartli can increase their potential through formal and informal education. Up until now, 6 Learning and Employment Support Centres have been established in Georgia, including the one in Telavi. To date, over 1,000 job seekers have received support.

The visit continued in Pankisi valley, where the Ambassador opened a workshop for teachers on media literacy, organised and conducted by the Communications Commission with support from the European Union. Part of the audience were teachers from Pankisi, who had travelled to Brussels on a study trip a few years ago. The workshop is part of a longer training programme, designed to help teachers fight disinformation and teach students how to read and evaluate media.

Finally, Ambassador Hartzell met with the Women’s Council of Pankisi and the Local Action Group Akhmeta (LAG), which has been established within the EU’s ENPARD programme. The Women’s Council includes 15 local women of Pankisi Gorge and assists local women in resolving disputes, provides them with access to legal and social aid, and works on women’s rights. Over the past three years, the Akhmeta LAG has helped the Pankisi community through a variety of local development initiatives, including direct support to the Women’s Council.

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