Today, on December 11, the International Conference “Peace and Trust Policy – Basis of International Security, Stability and Development” in honor of the 26th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and International Neutrality Day took place in Turkmen capital.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated to the International Forum in Ashgabat.
The event was attended by the heads of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh (National Council), Deputy Chairpersons of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, heads of the ministries and agencies of the country, leaders of the reputable international organizations, the heads of the diplomatic missions and representations of the international organizations working in Ashgabat, rectors of the higher educational institutions of Turkmenistan, the heads and representatives of the local media, as well as foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan.
In his speech President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined that the principles of peacefulness, trust, openness to dialogue are inherent in the foundation of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy – permanent Neutrality. We are proud to say that we are implementing our neutrality for the benefit of universal development and progress and the fulfillment of the program objectives of the UN, the Leader of the Nation added.
In addition, President of Turkmenistan emphasized the need to form a new philosophy of international relations based on clearly defined political criteria, healthy and strong pragmatism, and universally recognized and comprehensible human values.
The participants of the Conference listened to the presentations of the Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization H.Noziri, Secretary General of the Organization of the Turkic States B.Amreyev, Secretary General of the International Organization of the Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) D.Kaseinov, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, the Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia N.Gherman, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan D.Shlapachenko and the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat J.MacGregor.
The speakers noted that taking into account its neutral status Turkmenistan intends to further strengthen mutually beneficial partnership with international and regional structures.
As is known, the initiative to hold the current forum belongs to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Being the final event of the International Year of Peace and Trust, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, this multilateral forum has become a kind of accord for joint actions aimed at restoration of a culture of peace, trust and friendly dialogue in the relations between the countries of the world.
Following the International Forum of Peace and Trust the solid package of documents which counts 26 multilateral acts had been signed.
International Conference continued in plenary sessions.
Today, on November 28, on the Day of Formation of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), the 15th Summit of the Leaders of the ECO Member States was held in Ashgabat under the chair of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
As is known, in 2021, Turkmenistan chairs the Economic Cooperation Organization. The chairmanship of our state was adopted on March 4 of this year at the 14th ECO leaders' Summit, which took place in Turkey online.
The Heads of state and government of the ECO Member States, in particular Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, attended today’s Summit.
Before the start of the main session, a ceremony of joint photographing of the Heads of state and government of the ECO Member States took place.
Opening the 15th ECO Summit, the President of Turkmenistan warmly greeted the Heads of Delegations and gave the floor to the Chairman of the 14th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Then the participants of the ECO meeting elected the President of Turkmenistan as the Chairman of the 15th Summit.
Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan voiced the priority areas of cooperation within the framework of the country's chairmanship in the Organization and stressed that the Turkmen side with good reason considers the holding of this forum as an important event designed to strengthen cooperation of the participating countries in the economic, trade-investment, and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
Stating the progressive dynamics of the dialogue between Turkmenistan and the ECO, the Head of the Turkmen state also noted the successful development of friendly, good-neighborly relations with each Member State of the Organization separately.
Speaking during the Forum, the Heads of State and Government of the participating countries, as well as the ECO Secretary General, emphasized that the current Summit has become an effective platform for making decisions on topical and key aspects of regional economic cooperation in the ECO space.
Today, on the platform of the Organization, all conditions have been created for the further development of multilateral regional cooperation for the socio-economic growth of the member countries, as well as the expansion of effective mutual cooperation in the field of trade, industry, transport and communications, agriculture, energy, health care, education, science and culture.
As is known, the ECO is currently a respected, authoritative international economic structure that has received recognition in the world and today's meeting is designed to further strengthen the relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and effective mutually beneficial partnership between all Member States, to determine the areas of joint work for the coming period.
Following the results of the 15th ECO Summit, the Final Document was adopted.
Then, the ECO awards ceremony took place, during which representatives of the Organization's Member States were awarded a special award from the Economic Cooperation Organization in the categories "science and technology", "economics", "history, culture, literature and fine arts" and "agriculture and the environment".
The International Media Forum with the participation of political scientists and journalists was held in AshkhabadThursday, 01 July 2021 09:58
On the 30th of June, 2021, the International Media Forum “Regional Dialogue with the Participation of Political Scientists and Journalists” was held in a hybrid format in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The Forum was attended by political scientists, rectors of the higher educational institutions, heads and editors of information agencies and leading media of the country, representatives of foreign media accredited in the country, heads and representatives of the diplomatic missions and representative offices of the international organization working in Turkmenistan, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (Turkic Council), heads and representatives of the leading media and broadcasting companies of the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Georgia, Republic of Korea and others. In general, more than 100 journalists from 29 countries participated to the Media Forum by videoconferencing.
Speakers Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization H.Soleimanpour, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States B.Amreyev noted that this Forum, without a doubt, was one of the important events, designed to reaffirm the aspirations of Turkmenistan to further strengthen stability and peace, socio-economic prosperity, as well as the development of diplomatic relations with the countries of the world and good neighborly relations in the region.
The Minister of Industry and Natural Resources of the Astrakhan region of the Russian Federation D.Afanasyev, Director General of the international news network “Russia Today” A.Nikolov, Director of International Relations of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Wansoo Kim, Director General of the television channel “TRT-AVAZ” S.Sarikaya, Chairman of the National State TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus I.Eismont, the Head of Turkmen-Austrian society N.Berger and others delivered their speeches in the format of videoconferencing.
During his speech, Deputy Chairman of the ITRC “Mir” V.Kazarezov told about the exclusive interview of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Interstate Television and Radio Company “Mir”, as well as about the plans of the ITRC “Mir” to the 30th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Expressing confidence that this dialogue will serve as an important platform for exchange of views on further intensification of cooperation in the region, the Chairman of National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan A.Hajayev informed about the interaction between the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Television, Radiobroadcasting and Cinematography and National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan.
In his video address the Director of ‘’Tatmedia’’ Press and Mass Media Agency of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation A.Salimgarayev underlined that the high level of close interaction between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation in the sphere of media is the important vector of partnership in the context of the policy of the development of multi-sided dialogue conducted by the sides.
In his speech by means of videoconferencing the Editor-in-chief of the ‘’News Day Georgia’’ magazine of Georgia A.Otinashvilli noted that the Neutrality of Turkmenistan is a natural, objective factor in a positive move of the regional processes in attaining of a lasting peace and stability in this part of the world and fulfillment of development goals.
During their presentations at the Forum, Rector of International University for the Humanities and Development E.Aydogdiyev, Rector of the Institute of Telecommunications and Informatics of Turkmenistan N.Kuliyev, Chairman of the State News Agency of Turkmenistan M.Gazakbayev, Chairman of the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Television, Radiobroadcasting and Cinematography A.Ashyrov, Editor-in-chief of “Turkmen Dunyasi” newspaper B.Myradov.
THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN ARRIVED TO ASHKHABAD ON A WORKING VISITWednesday, 26 May 2021 18:40
On May 26, 2021, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs A.H.Kamilov arrived to Ashkhabad on a working visit.
In the course of the visit the head of the external affairs agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan was received by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Then the ceremony of signing bilateral documents has been held. The parties signed the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on a Joint Turkmen-Uzbek intergovernmental commission on water management issues and an Additional agreement to the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on a paid land use. The documents were signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov.
After the ceremony, in the premises of the MFA of Turkmenistan the meeting of Turkmen and Uzbek delegations with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the head was held. The agenda of the meeting was very busy. The sides discussed the current state and prospects of development of bilateral relations in political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
The importance of organizing mutual visits at the highest level, contributing to the deepening of interstate ties, was noted. The parties also spoke in favor of continuing the joint work on the improvement of contractual-legal base of cooperation.
The Ministers highly appreciated the level of cooperation between the external affairs agencies of two countries and agreed to maintain the existing dynamics. The diplomats confirmed the similarity of positions in maintaining security, stability and socio-economic growth in the region and beyond.
The parties expressed interest in further development of bilateral trade-economic relations. In this context, the significance of maintaining the vigorous activity of intergovernmental mechanisms, as well as the contacts on the level of experts and representatives of private sector were underlined. In addition, the key aspects of cooperation in the spheres of transport, energy, agriculture, water management and others have been discussed.
The diplomats exchanged views on the issues of cultural-humanitarian cooperation, including the sphere of health protection. The possibilities of organization of joint activities this year, including the preservation and popularization of historical and cultural heritage of the two countries have been discussed. The significance of strengthening of cooperation between the regions of the two countries was underlined.
В ТУРКМЕНИСТАН С РАБОЧИМ ВИЗИТОМ ПРИБЫЛ МИНИСТР ИНОСТРАННЫХ ДЕЛ РЕСПУБЛИКИ УЗБЕКИСТАН
26 мая 2021 года в Ашхабад с рабочим визитом прибыла делегация Республики Узбекистан во главе с Министром иностранных дел А.Х.Камиловым.
В ходе визита глава внешнеполитического ведомства Республики Узбекистан был принят Президентом Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедовым.
Затем состоялась церемония подписания двусторонних документов, а именно Соглашения между Правительством Туркменистана и Правительством Республики Узбекистан о Совместной туркмено-узбекской межправительственной комиссии по водохозяйственным вопросам и Дополнительного соглашения к Соглашению между Правительством Туркменистана и Правительством Республики Узбекистан о возмездном землепользовании. Подписи под документами поставили Министр иностранных дел Туркменистана Рашид Мередов и Министр иностранных дел Республики Узбекистан Абдулазиз Камилов.
Далее в МИД Туркменистана состоялась встреча туркменской и узбекской делегаций во главе с министрами иностранных дел. Повестка дня встречи была весьма насыщена. Стороны обсудили текущее состояние и перспективы развития двусторонних связей в политико-дипломатической, торгово-экономической и культурно-гуманитарной областях.
Отмечена значимость организации взаимных визитов на высшем уровне способствующих углублению межгосударственных связей. Стороны также высказались за продолжение совместной работы по совершенствованию договорно-правовой базы сотрудничества.
Министры высоко оценили уровень сотрудничества между внешнеполитическими ведомствами двух стран и договорились поддерживать данную динамику. Дипломаты подтвердили схожесть позиций в деле поддержания безопасности, стабильности и социально-экономического роста в регионе и за его пределами.
Стороны выразили заинтересованность в дальнейшем развитии двусторонних торгово-экономических отношений. В этом контексте отмечена значимость поддержания активной деятельности межправительственных механизмов, а также контактов на уровне специалистов и представителей частного сектора. Также обсуждены ключевые аспекты сотрудничества в сфере транспорта, энергетики, сельского и водного хозяйства и других.
Дипломаты обсудили культурно-гуманитарное сотрудничество, включая сферу здравоохранения. Обсуждались возможности организации совместных мероприятий на текущий год, в том числе по сохранению и популяризации историко-культурного наследия двух стран. Подчеркнута значимость укрепления сотрудничества между регионами двух стран.
On May 20, 2021, in the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan in honor of the 140th anniversary of the founding of the city of Ashgabat, a Conference of Mayors of Friendly and Sister Cities of Ashgabat was held in a hybrid format.
The event was opened by the rector of the Turkmen State Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering P. Orazov.
Thanking everyone for their active participation, the khyakim of Ashgabat Y. Gylydjev noted that the capital of Turkmenistan was recognized as a friendly, hospitable, beautiful city from an architectural point of view. He spoke about the architectural project "Ashgabat City". Briefly telling about the rich history of Ashgabat, the khyakim emphasized the political authority of the capital, where the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia is located, which holds large-scale events of international importance.
During his speech, Minister of Culture of Turkmenistan A. Shamuradov quoted several lines from the book of the President of Turkmenistan "Ashgabat- The White City", spoke about major cultural events that have taken place and are planned in the capital. He especially emphasized the admission of Ashgabat to the membership of the World Federation of Tourist Cities, and also spoke about the objects included in the Guinness Book of Records.
Deputy Mayor of the City of Kabul of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan S. Sidigi, Mayor of Baku City E. Aziz ogly Azizov, Secretary General of the People's Government of the Municipality of Lanzhou City of the People's Republic of China Z. Chenghu, Mayor of Tashkent City Dj. Artykhojayev, Deputy Mayor of Nur-Sultan City E. Kizatov, acting head of the Agency for International Relations of the Astrakhan Region of the Russian Federation A. Aydin, Chairman of the Committee for External Relations of the Government of Saint-Petersburg of the Russian Federation E. Grigoryev, Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations of the City of Moscow of the Russian Federation O. Shutenko made their presentations by means of videoconferencing.
The speakers noted that Ashgabat is one of the most beautiful cities in Central Asia, rich in historical past and has now become a world-class metropolis, a national center for technological progress and innovation. They noted the bilateral relations between the cities, built on mutual friendship, support and interaction in various areas of the urban economy. The speakers also stressed that they especially value the established ties of friendship and mutual understanding with Ashgabat.
At the meeting, the participants also heard video messages from the Mayor of Albuquerque City of the USA T.Keller, Mayor of Tendo City of Japan Sh.Yamamoto, Mayor of Ankara City M.Yavash, Deputy Mayor of Bishkek City V. Mozgacheva. During her speech, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO Ch.Rustamova spoke about the unique design, the progressive transformation of the capital, which in a short time has become a real "pearl" of Central Asia. She noted that in 2020 Ashgabat applied to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the design direction, which was officially adopted by the UNESCO Secretariat.
The event was also attended by the Mayors of Chişinau, Beijing, Istanbul, Vienna, Yerevan. The meeting participants were shown a video about the achievements of the Turkmen capital.
At the end of the event, an Address was adopted to the Esteemed President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on behalf of the participants of the International Conference of Mayors of Friendly and Sister Cities of Ashgabat, dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the founding of Ashgabat.
Состоялось Международное заседание Мэров дружественных городов и городов-побратимов Ашхабада
20 мая 2021 года в здании Торгово-промышленной палаты Туркменистана в честь 140-летия основания города Ашхабада в гибридном формате состоялось заседание Мэров дружественных городов и городов-побратимов Ашхабада.
Мероприятие открыл ректор Туркменского государственного архитектурно-строительного института П.Оразов.
Поблагодарив всех за активное участие, хяким города Ашхабада Я.Гылыджов отметил, что столица Туркменистана признана дружественным, гостеприимным, красивым с архитектурной точки зрения городом. Он рассказал об архитектурном проекте «Ашхабад-сити». Кратко рассказав о богатой истории Ашхабада, хяким подчеркнул политический авторитет столицы, где находится Региональный Центр ООН по Превентивной дипломатии для Центральной Азии, который проводит масштабные мероприятия международного значения.
Министр культуры Туркменистана А.Шамурадов в ходе своего выступления привел несколько строк из книги Президента Туркменистана «Белый город Ашхабад», рассказал о крупных культурных мероприятиях прошедших и планируемых в столице. Он особо подчеркнул принятие Ашхабада в членство Всемирной федерации туристических городов, а также рассказал об объектах, вошедших в Книгу рекордов Гиннеса.
На мероприятии посредством видеосвязи выступили заместитель Мэра города Кабул ИРА С.Сидиги, Мэр города Баку Э.Азиз оглы Азизов, Генеральный секретарь народного правительства муниципалитета города Ланьчжоу КНР Ч.Чэнху, Мэр города Ташкент Дж.Артыкходжаев, Заместитель Мэра города Нур-Султан Е.Кизатов, и.о. руководителя агентства международных связей Астраханской области РФ А.Айдин, Председатель Комитета по внешним связям Правительства Санкт-Петербурга Е.Григорьев, Заместитель руководителя Департамента внешнеэкономических и международных связей города Москва О.Шутенко.
Выступившие отметили, что Ашхабад является одним из красивейших городов Центральной Азии, богатый историческим прошлым и ныне ставший мегаполисом мирового уровня, национальным центром технологического прогресса и инноваций. Они отметили двусторонние отношения между городами, выстроенные на взаимной дружбе, поддержке и взаимодействии в различных сферах городского хозяйства. Также ораторы подчеркнули, что особо дорожат сложившимися узами дружбы и взаимопонимания с Ашхабадом.
На заседании участники также заслушали видеообращения Мэра города Альбукерке США Т.Келлера, Мэра города Тендо Японии С.Ямамото, Мэра города Анкара М.Яваша, заместителя Мэра города Бишкек В.Мозгачевой.
В ходе своего выступления Ответственный секретарь Национальной комиссии Туркменистана по делам ЮНЕСКО Ч.Рустамова рассказала об уникальном дизайне, прогрессивном преобразовании столицы, которая за короткое время превратилась в настоящую «жемчужину» Центральной Азии. Она отметила, что в 2020 году Ашхабад подал заявку на вступление в Сеть креативных городов ЮНЕСКО по направлению «Дизайн», которая официально принята Секретариатом ЮНЕСКО.
На мероприятии также приняли участие Мэры городов Кишинев, Пекин, Стамбул, Вена, Ереван.
Участникам заседания был показан видеоролик о достижениях туркменской столицы.
В конце мероприятия было принято Обращение к Уважаемому Президенту Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедову от имени участников Международного заседания Мэров дружественных городов и городов-побратимов Ашхабада, посвященного 140-летию основания Ашхабада.
THE PRESENTATION OF PRESIDENT’S NEW BOOK WAS HELD AT THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN
On May 11, 2021, the presentation of the new book of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov «Ashgabat - The White City» was held in the conference hall of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The publication of the book became a unique gift for the 140th Anniversary of the Turkmen capital.
The rectors, professors, teachers and students from local universities, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations in Turkmenistan and media representatives attended the event. In addition, the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to foreign countries participated to the event via videoconferencing.
Opening the event, Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan J. Gurbangeldiyev noted that the informative and rich illustration of the new book of the Head of state tells in detail history of capital city and its present day.
The Ambassadors of states whose capital cities are sister cities of Ashgabat addressed the event, in particular, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan A. Kuchkarov, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Turkmenistan Qian Naicheng, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan Ye. Sapiyev, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Turkmenistan T. Oral.
In addition, Rector of the International University for the Humanities and Development E. Aydogdyev, Rector of the Turkmen National Institute of World Languages named after D.Azadi M. Kulieva and others read their statements.
The participants of the presentation noted that the book «Ashgabat - The White City» adds pride to the capital and makes it possible to appreciate better the unique beauty and architectural features of the city. The historical development and transformation of the main city of the country was told. Several objects of the capital were highlighted, which were included in the «Guinness Book of World Records». The speakers also spoke about major international events held in Ashgabat.
At the end of the event, the participants adopted the Address to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “GLOBAL COOPERATION OF INDEPENDENT, NEUTRAL TURKMENISTAN FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TRUST” WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT
On April 15, 2021, the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” was held in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat in participationon of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The high-level event took place in the new Conference Centre of Turkmenistan that was officially opened in the same day by the President of Turkmenistan.
The event was attended by the leadership of Parliament (Mejlis), Deputies Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, heads of the ministries and departments of the country, chiefs of the diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, rectors of the institutions of higher education of Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of local mass media, as well as the foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan.
The heads and representatives of respected international and regional organizations, including the UN, OSCE, CIS and others took part in the International Conference via videoconferencing.
In his opening speech, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the significance of the given Conference that is taking place in the International Year of Peace and Trust. He expressed firm commitment of Turkmenistan to the development of peaceful, friendly ties between countries and people. The President also called for the expansion of collaboration with the international partners.
Then the participants heard the video statement of the Secretary General of the OSCE Helga Schmid who told about the active work of Turkmenistan in the process of upholding the sustainable development, the culture of peace and trust. She also highlighted the role of Turkmenistan in the development of economic connectivity in the region and beyond itThen the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States – Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev addressed the conference via videoconferencing. He particularly underlined that in the person of Turkmenistan, the international community has gained a reliable and peace-loving partner and the state confirms in practice its vital input in the development of international cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and trust.
Also via videoconferencing gave her speech, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Olga Algayerova. She noted the important role of Turkmenistan in the promotion of constructive regional and international dialogue, in particular through the collaboration in the area of green economy, trade, transport, ecology and others.
About the significance of peaceful and open international cooperation to which Turkmenistan calls, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Under-Secretary-General Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana has spoken in her video statement. She underlined the importance of mutual support in the process of resisting the common threats and challenges.
In her speech, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Christine Weigand told about the active cooperation of Turkmenistan with the UN from the perspective of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals that is inseparably connected to maintenance of peace and trust between countries and people.
Also, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Turkmenistan Aleksandr Blokhin gave a speech at the Conference. The diplomat said that “the peace and trust is what is extremely needed today to the people and states of the whole Globe and their priority scope in the Turkmen foreign policy has gained many practical confirmations and rightly valued by the world community.”
In his speech, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan Matthew Stephen Klimov presented his vision of the notions of peace and trust. He underlined that to attain peace it is necessary to build and maintain trust. The Ambassador added that this is what Turkmenistan is calling for through its positive neutral policy.
Speaking at the Conference, the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd stated that by initiating the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaring the International Year of Peace and Trust, “the Government of Turkmenistan has again demonstrated its commitment to the policy of permanent neutrality, the main priorities of which is the affirmation of the culture of dialogue and reinforcement of mutual trust between various states.”
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan Diego Ruiz Alonso also spoke at the Conference. The diplomat noted the role of Turkmenistan in the promotion of peaceful and trustful relations between countries and people that is reflected in numerous projects of economic and humanitarian nature.
In the end of the official part of the Conference, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to participants for active involvement and wished to all peace and wellbeing.
Then the ceremony of signing international documents took place and the International Conference continued in plenary sessions.
On the 29th of January, 2021, the Opening event to launch the International Year of Peace and Trust was held in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The heads and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, deputies of the Mejlis (Parliament), chiefs of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, Rectors of the institutions of higher education of the country, Editors-in-chief of press and representatives of national mass media, as well as foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan took part in the event.
The heads and representatives of the United Nations and its structural agencies, Economic Cooperation Organization, Commonwealth of Independent States, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, as well as other regional and international organizations, and foreign mass media participated to the event via videoconferencing.
During her opening remarks, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Christine Weigand noted the importance of the International Year of Peace and Trust initiated by the President of Turkmenistan for the sake of sustaining peace, stability and mutual understanding between people which is the key to sustainable development.
In continuation of the topic, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov underlined that the unanimous adoption at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly of the Resolution declaring the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust has become a reflection of the efforts of the permanently neutral Turkmenistan calling for strengthening of the culture of peace and trust in the international relations. “Putting forward this idea, the Leader of Turkmen nation has specifically stated that it has a concrete nature and thus urged the international community to reinforce the adopted document with practical content, enrich it with real actions,” said R.Meredov. The head of the MFA of Turkmenistan underlined the significance of applying the means of diplomacy, the political dialog based on mutual understanding and cooperation in the advancement of friendly ties between countries and people and to achieve this Turkmenistan actively cooperates with the international partners.
Speaking at the opening ceremony Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Natalya Gherman underlined the importance of the International Year of Peace and Trust, which meant greater cohesion for the sake of peace and prosperity of the world community.
The timeliness of the International Year of Peace and Trust was also highlighted in the speech of the President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir. Thanking the Government of Turkmenistan for initiating the International Year of Peace and Trust, he underlined that in view of the global situation, the need in peace and trust is high as never before. Mr. Bozkir urged the international community to continue cooperating through political dialog and solidarity on the way to peace, security and sustainable development.
His words were complemented by the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Aksoltan Atayeva who noted the efficiency of peaceful initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan that help to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov highlighted in his speech the specific need in conducting International year of peace and trust which calls upon to activate efforts and activity on advocating the culture of peace.
In her speech the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd spoke about the importance of strengthening the culture of peace and trust.
The Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization Hadi Soleimanpour also gave a speech at the event. He highly appraised the level of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the ECO, as well as emphasized that the economic progress is inseparably linked to the security in the region and in the world, and to attain this it is necessary to strengthen trust between countries and people.
About the importance of strengthening peace and trust between countries and people has also spoke the Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergey Lebedev. He highlighted the effective role of Turkmenistan in the development of friendly ties not only in the region, but also in the whole world.
The Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament Tatiana Valovaya and the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Lassina Zerbo highly appraised the role of Turkmenistan in the development of friendly and constructive ties between countries.
In turn, the President of the General Conference of UNESCO Altay Cengizer and Assistant Director-General for the Africa Department of UNESCO Firmin Edouard Matoko emphasized the timeliness of holding the International Year of Peace and Trust. They noted that the notion of peace and trust are the keystones of international cooperation.
Furthermore, the UNODC representative, Ppermanent representatives of Afghanistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Indonesia and Bangladesh at the UN have underlined the importance of conducting International year of peace and trust in the context of fully strengthening solidarity and mutual support on regional and global levels to create cohesion for addressing pressing issues of present.
During the event, the participants discussed the possibilities of holding joint events in the framework of the International Year of Peace and Trust. A constructive exchange of views and proposals on the improvement of activities on the platform of regional and international organizations for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development took place. Thus, upon the outcomes of the event, the Roadmap of the International Year of Peace and Trust was adopted.
PRESIDENTS OF TURKMENISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN TOOK PART IN THE COMMISSIONING OF A NUMBER OF JOINT INFRASTRUCTURESThursday, 14 January 2021 16:44
Today, on the 14th of January 2021, the opening ceremony of 30 km long railway between Aqina and Andkhoy stations and the commissioning of the international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and from Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan), as well as the power transmission line from Turkmen city of Kerki to Afghan city of Sheberghan was held in participation of the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
After announcing the ceremony opened, the moderator of the event asked the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to make a speech. For this, a teleconference was established.
First, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed to the audience. His speech was listened by the participants of the event present in the “Rukhiyet” Palace of the Lebap region. The participants of the ceremony in Afghanistan, as well as in the Mary region observed the event via teleconference.
In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan said that “all three projects that have been completed in short time are united by a common meaning and goal – to give strong impulse and ensure long-term development of our countries, well-being and prosperity of Turkmen and Afghan people, assist expanded international cooperation, mutual understanding, political and social stability.” He also noted that the implementation of given projects was the result of multiyear close and constrictive Turkmen-Afghan cooperation.
Then, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who was watching the ceremony in the Presidential Palace of Kabul addressed the audience. Warmly welcoming the participants, he noted that these events have special meaning for Afghanistan and his people. Speaking about the origins of the given projects, the head of Afghanistan highlighted their importance not only from the perspective of socio-economic reestablishment of the country, but also from the prospect of regional economic integration. The head of Afghanistan expressed gratitude to the leadership of Turkmenistan for fraternal support and care about the close neighbor. He noted that Turkmenistan unites not only the countries of the region, but also of the whole world. The participants of the event listened to the address of the President Ashraf Ghani through a teleconference.
Then, the heads of railway transport, energy and communication sectors of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan made speeches. They told about the outstanding work done on the part of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan for the implementation of current infrastructures and informed about the readiness to the commissioning of railway between Aqina and Andkhoy stations, international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and from Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan), as well as the power transmission line from Turkmen city of Kerki to Afghan city of Sheberghan.
Upon the completion of these speeches, the moderators of the ceremony asked the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to give their blessings for the commissioning of the given facilities.
Thus, the participants of the ceremony saw through a teleconference how the railway carriage consisting of 20 loaded cars left from the Aqina station to Andkhoy city in festive setting.
Besides, the commissioning of the power transmission line from Kerki to Sheberghan took place through the use of special equipment. The participants of the event observed the transmission of electricity through the line that was shown on the screen by a technological imitation model.
Also, the participants of the ceremony watched the video presentation of the commissioning of the international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan).
Upon the completion of the ceremony, gratitude was expressed to the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for participation in the event.
On January 8, 2021, a briefing was held in premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan by the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Ms. Natalia Drozd. The main topic was the Ashgabat Final document, adopted on the outcomes of the International Conference "Policy of neutrality and Its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development" held on December 12 of last year in honor of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality. As known, this Document was circulated as the documents of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council.
The event was attended by Turkmen diplomats and faculty members of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
In the beginning of her speech, N.Drozd noted that the last year marked by the 25th anniversary of the international recognition of the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan was filled with important events.
She emphasized the significance of political, economic and humanitarian aspects of the policy of neutrality in strengthening the regional and global security and stability. In this context, Ms. Drozd highlighted the importance of the Ashgabat Final Document, which urges to develop the concept of neutrality and promoting the role of neutralism in international efforts to maintain peace and mutual understanding.
Also N. Drozd noted that this Document calls for the active use of the tools of preventive diplomacy, which is one of the key components of the OSCE functions. In this context, she stressed that the Organization highly appraises Turkmenistan's adherence to the principles of preventive diplomacy.
“It should be noted specifically that the Ashgabat Document welcomes the establishment of the Group of Friends of Neutrality for the sake of peace, security and sustainable development. This initiative of the Government of Turkmenistan is of particular importance, since the Group will serve as an effective platform for maintaining equal dialogue on applying the potential of neutrality in order to improve international political cooperation”, N. Drozd noted. She also expressed confidence that this Document will serve as a guideline for further joint activities.
During the briefing, the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat also emphasized the importance of the UN General Assembly Resolution declaring the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Confidence. “By initiating this Resolution, Turkmenistan reaffirmed its commitment to the use of neutrality to facilitate global efforts to promote peace and security. The resolution acquires special significance in the light of modern threats to global security”, N.Drozd added.