International media forum dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of TurkmenistanWednesday, 16 September 2020 16:12
On September 16, 2020, International media forum dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the election of our country as Vice-Chairman of the upcoming 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly was held in the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan. The session was held in the format of a video conference.
The International media forum was organized by the Turkmen side together with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).
The meeting was attended by the heads and representatives of a number of ministries of Turkmenistan, diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations accredited in the country, representatives of the national media, heads of authoritative foreign public and television and radio broadcasting organizations, as well as more than 300 correspondents of news agencies from over 65 countries of the world.
The participants especially noted the importance of the next delegation to Turkmenistan of the Vice-Chairmanship of the session of the United Nations General Assembly, where our country has a positive experience. As you know, Turkmenistan took part in the 58th, 62nd, 64th, 68th and 71st sessions as Vice-Chairman.
Delegates from Turkmenistan and foreign countries who spoke during the meeting highlighted the status of the country's permanent Neutrality, which was recognized by the United Nations by relevant resolutions. In this context, the participants expressed the success and effectiveness of Turkmenistan's foreign policy pursued under the wise leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
In particular, Ibrahim Eren, Acting President of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Director General and Chairman of the Turkish Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation "TRT", stated during his speech that from the very beginning Turkmenistan has chosen this political course to promote global peace and stability, and to reinforce the importance of coexistence and sustainable development.
In his speech, Javad Mottaghi, Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) noted that, being a new phenomenon in international legal practice, Turkmen neutrality became the basis for a new concept of cooperation and preservation of peace on earth.
As part of his speech, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Chief Executive Officer of the Indian Broadcasting Company Prasar Bharati, underlined that the Neutrality of Turkmenistan is of great importance in the international arena and the policy pursued by the President of Turkmenistan fully coincides with the course of strengthening good neighborliness in the region and around the world.
Nedra Weerasinghe, director of MTV Channel (Ptv) Limited (MBC / MTV) from Sri Lanka, also shared her vision of the peculiar aspects of the positive Neutrality policy and noted that Neutrality will help to consolidate the position of the fairway in International forums that play an important role in protecting values and common interests of humanity.
Emmanuel Dupyi, President of the European Institute for Prospects and Security, paid attention to the important role of the neutral status of Turkmenistan in the region which can become a source of consolidation for the Central Asian countries and a platform for accelerated integration in the region.
During the speech of the Chairman of the National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan, A. Khadzhaev, it was 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.
During their speeches, Neda Berger, Chairman of the Turkmen-Austrian Society, B. Amansaryev, Chairman of the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, A. Kakaev, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Turkmenistan on Television, Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography and K. Rejepov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Turkmenistan" also spoke about the uniqueness of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality, its role in promoting international humanitarian cooperation, and it was noted that peacefulness, equality, non-interference in the affairs of other states, non-participation in military blocs, the implementation of mutually beneficial cooperation are integral components of the policy of positive neutrality.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
On May 15, 2020, a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan was held in Ashgabat. During the session, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a Resolution “On the entry of Turkmenistan to the World Trade Organization as an observer.”
In accordance with the Document, immediately today, the Turkmen side sent the application letter on the accession to the World Trade Organization as an observer to the Director-General of the WTO. In line with the WTO procedures, the issue of accepting Turkmenistan to the WTO as an observer will be considered during the successive session of the WTO General Council to be held in the near future.
A briefing entitled “International cooperation of Turkmenistan in the healthcare sphere” was held in Ashgabat
On May 8, 2020, a briefing entitled "International cooperation of Turkmenistan in the healthcare sphere" was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The briefing was attended by the heads and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and Medical Industry, and other relevant departments of Turkmenistan, leading political scientists of the country, as well as heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country, local and accredited journalists of foreign media outlets.
Also, the event was attended by video conferencing by leaders and representatives from the health sector of several foreign countries, in particular, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Belarus, senior representatives of leading foreign medical universities, including Medical University of Azerbaijan, Belarusian State Medical University and Tbilisi State Medical University. Representatives of leading foreign media and public organizations also participated in the briefing through video conferencing. Thus, more than 60 representatives from 20 countries of the world took part in the briefing.
During the speeches, it was noted that under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan stands for international cooperation in the name of protecting and maintaining people's health, which is especially relevant in the current period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adhering to the recommendations of reputable international organizations, the country has achieved considerable success in promoting its health policy and calls on the international community to work together to overcome the consequences of the pandemic. This applies to humanitarian cooperation, the restoration of trade and economic ties, including ensuring the functioning of transport and transit systems in emergency conditions.
As the meeting participants emphasized, as a result of a clear and well-coordinated policy of Turkmenistan, the country managed to prevent the spread of diseases caused by a new type of coronavirus COVID-19 on its territory.
In their speeches, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Belarus Ye.Bogdan, as well as the representatives of senior management of foreign universities, in particular, Vice-Rector for International Relations of the Belarusian State Medical University V.Rudenok, Vice-Rector of the Tbilisi State Medical University I. Kokhreidze and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of the Medical University of Azerbaijan O. Isaev particularly noted that Turkmenistan had promptly responded to outbreak of a pandemic, emphasizes the prevention of infectious and non-communicable diseases. The country's leadership also attaches great importance to promoting a healthy lifestyle.
During the briefing, a constructive exchange of views took place on the establishment of a global mechanism for resolving crisis situations. Participants also agreed that protecting the health of all people lies at the heart of the sustainable development process.
On the 27th of February 2020, Turkmen-Afghan Business Forum was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
From the Turkmen side, the heads and representatives of a number of ministries and agencies of the country, including the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated to the Forum. Among the participants of the representative delegation of Afghanistan, there were specialists of trade-economic sector of the country and private entrepreneurs.
During the meeting, the parties touched upon a number of contemporary issues of trade and economic nature. The opportunities of expanding the variety of imports and exports between the two countries, enhancement of investments, facilitation of trade procedures, as well as the establishment of direct contacts between the business circles were regarded.
The parties expressed intent to intensify the trade relations in the field of energy, transport and logistics, communications and industry. The exchange of views on expanding the cooperation in the oil and gas field, as well as in the construction sphere took place. The participants agreed to continue regular negotiations on these matters.
Speaking about the social-economic development of Afghanistan, the participants noted the vital role of humanitarian initiatives realized under the leadership of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
On February 12, 2020, a representative delegation of the Russian Federation headed by the Governor of Saint-Petersburg A.D.Beglov has arrived to Ashgabat.
In the first half of the day on February 13, the guest was received by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. During the meeting, the parties discussed a wide range of issues of political, economic and cultural-humanitarian scope. It was noted that the collaboration of Turkmenistan with the regions of the Russian Federation holds a vital place in bilateral cooperation.
Then, the meeting of A.D.Beglov with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov was held. The parties noted that the mutual visits of the Leaders of two states serve as an important link in the development of Turkmen-Russian relations. The positive cooperation experience in the framework of international and regional organizations was voiced. In this context, the initiatives of the Government of Turkmenistan aimed at the maintenance of peace, stability and economic growth in the region, as well as beyond it were specifically underlined.
The parties spoke about the high level of trade-economic ties, including the constructive participation of the Russian companies in the number of projects on the territory of Turkmenistan. The present and prospective projects in the oil and gas, as well as in the transport spheres were considered.
Also, the cooperation in the area of education, science, culture, art and sport was discussed. The subject of establishing cooperation between the institutes of higher education of Turkmenistan and Russia through the formation of pertinent normative base with the aim of exchanging expertise in various spheres, particularly in the area of high technologies was discussed.
Speaking about the rich culture of the two countries, the parties underlined the success of cultural events organized in Turkmenistan and Saint-Petersburg and expressed hope for further cooperation in this course.
In the end of the meeting, the parties reiterated the adherence of two countries to further strengthening of bilateral ties and signed a Protocol on the outcomes of the talks between the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov and Governor of Saint-Petersburg A.D.Beglov.
On November 25, 2019, a round table dedicated to the freedom of religion issues in Turkmenistan was held in the Institute of State, Law and Democracy.
The Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan, the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Institute of State, Law and Democracy, the Department of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on Religious Affairs, as well as the representatives of different confessions and religious organizations functioning on the territory of Turkmenistan participated to the meeting.
During his speech, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs V.Hajiyev informed the participants of the meeting with the activities realized on providing the freedom of religion in Turkmenistan in accordance with the national legislation and the international obligations adopted. It was noted that the adequate legitimate setting is present in Turkmenistan which guarantees the legal rights to the religious organizations.
The participants of the round table exchanged views on the enhancement of collaboration between the state structures, public entities and religious organizations. The effectiveness of cooperation of Turkmenistan with the UN, OSCE and EU agencies in the sphere of human rights protection through relevant programmes and projects was stated.
After the official greeting ceremony of the distinguished guest, the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia held talks in one-on-one format.
Expressing the mutual belief that the talks in Ashgabat will promote the interstate dialogue, , the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia exchanged views on bilateral cooperation and discussed important issues of the international agenda.
Speaking about the solid potential for the diversification of cooperation in various spheres, the parties focused on the opportunities for building up partnership in trade and economic sphere.
Speaking about the trends of development of the fuel and energy sphere, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest discussed the issues of cooperation in this strategic for the economies of the two states sector. In this regard, it was underlined the successful work of Petronas Company that for many years has worked in the oil and gas sphere of Turkmenistan and trains Turkmen specialists.
The President of Turkmenistan underlined the rich experience of this company that develops hydrocarbon resources on the Caspian shelf.
Expressing satisfaction with the positive dynamics of the bilateral trade relations and potential for increasing the mutual trade turnover, the Prime Minister of Malaysia expressed belief that the Turkmen-Malaysian dialogue would continue developing.
The distinguished guest noted that Turkmen students, getting education in the higher educational institutions of Malaysia, would become a bridge, connecting the two countries, and emphasized that the number of Turkmen students in Malaysia would significantly increase.
The Prime Minister invited President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to pay a visit to Malaysia.
The Turkmen leader and distinguished guest exchanged views on the prospects of the interstate dialogue in the humanitarian sphere, in particular in the areas of education, science and culture.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed satisfaction with the fruitful cooperation between our countries in frames of various international organizations, including the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Alignment Movement.
Discussing the world development issues, the parties focused on the significance of taking the balanced approach to address the important regional and global problems, emphasizing the importance of the economic and political integration.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Upon completion of the meeting in one-on-one format, the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia continued the talks with the participation of the government delegations of the two countries.
Greeting the members of the official delegation of Malaysia, the Turkmen leader expressed belief that the meeting in Ashgabat would become an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations.
It was noted that Turkmenistan and Malaysia had built cooperation on a stable, mutually beneficial and long-term basis. In the foreign-policy sphere, the countries successfully collaborate at the bilateral level and in frames of international organizations.
Speaking about the one-on-one top level talks, the President of Turkmenistan underlined that the meeting confirmed the mutual willingness to bring the Turkmen-Malaysian partnership to the qualitatively new level.
Speaking about collaboration on the international arena, the Turkmen leader expressed gratitude to Malaysia for the support of the initiatives put forward by neutral Turkmenistan.
The agenda of the top level Turkmen-Malaysian talks includes a wide spectrum of issues, including cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, the spheres of transport and logistics, increase of the mutual trade turnover and investment projects, partnership in the spheres of education, science, culture and tourism.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Ashgabat hosts the meeting of Council of Heads of CIS States under the Chairmanship of President of Turkmenistan
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
A briefing on the meetings of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Council of Heads of States of the CIS was held at the MFA of Turkmenistan
On October 12, 2019, in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, with the participation of the representatives of national and foreign media, as well as heads and representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, a briefing was held on the meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers and the Council of Heads of States of the CIS held in Ashgabat on 10 and 11 October, 2019.
Besides the Head of the external policy agency of Turkmenistan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Turkmenistan V.Beskosty, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Turkmenistan A.Blokhin, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan Ye.Sapiyev and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan A. Kuchkarov gave speeches at the briefing.
In his speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs R. Meredov noted that within the framework of the country's chairmanship in the CIS, meetings of absolutely all the statutory bodies of the Commonwealth were held in Ashgabat throughout the year. This is the Council of Heads of State, the Council of Foreign Ministers, on May 31 a regular meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments took place, on September 13 Turkmen capital became the venue for the forum of the Economic Council. In addition, Ashgabat hosted meetings of various sectoral structures of the CIS. It was emphasized that all the events held within the framework of the presidency of Turkmenistan in the Commonwealth of Independent States this year were very successful. In particular, the briefing participants were acquainted with the main results of the meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers and the Council of Heads of CIS States.
Speaking about the results of the Summit of the CIS Heads of States Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs drew attention to the importance of signing the Ashgabat Declaration on the strategic economic partnership of the Commonwealth states, the development of which was initiated by the President of Turkmenistan in Sochi in October 2017. R. Meredov called the Message from the Heads of CIS Member States to the peoples of the countries of the Commonwealth and the world community in connection with the 75th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, an important document in terms of preserving the historical memory and patriotic education of the younger generation.
Separately, the initiatives put forward by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during the meeting of the Council of the Heads of States of the CIS aimed at further strengthening of cooperation between the countries, including promoting economic and humanitarian cooperation, as well as preserving historical and cultural values, were highlighted. It was emphasized that the President of Turkmenistan was awarded the medal of the Interstate Fund for the Humanitarian cooperation of the CIS member states “For Merits in the Development of Humanitarian Cooperation.”
All the speakers of the briefing underlined the vital role of Turkmenistan in the process of attaining the goals and objectives of the Commonwealth. Taking an active position in the international arena, including the platforms of the UN, OSCE and other authoritative international organizations, Turkmenistan is steadily following its policy of positive neutrality. Thus, the meetings recently held once again confirm the country's commitment to make every effort to achieve political and economic integration, ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development in the entire region and the whole world.