ISSUES OF DEEPENING COOPERATION WITH WHO WERE DISCUSSED AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTANMonday, 10 August 2020 16:49
On August 10, 2020, an online meeting of the heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov and the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan N.Amannepesov with the Director of the European Regional Bureau of the World Health Organization Dr. Hans Kluge took place.
As part of a constructive conversation, the parties discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, in particular, effective cooperation between Turkmenistan and WHO in the field of countering the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection.
As is known, during the video meeting of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the Director General of WHO, which took place a few days ago, the initiatives put forward by our country were fully supported by the head of this organization. In this connection, the head of state gave specific instructions to the heads of the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan to establish coordinated work with the relevant WHO structures.
In order to fulfill these instructions and comprehensively implement the priority tasks in the field of human health, during the meeting, the heads of the relevant state structures of our country once again emphasized the need to increase international cooperation aimed at jointly combating the spread of acute infectious diseases. Also during the meeting, a positive assessment was given on the current epidemiological situation in our country and the progress in implementing the recommendations of the WHO mission experts who recently visited Turkmenistan, was discussed.
In this context, based on the instructions of the head of state, the need, taking into account the requirements of the time, to make every effort to increase the effectiveness of measures taken in the fight against infectious and non-infectious diseases and in their prevention was especially noted.
The intensification of cooperation in the area of scientific diplomacy, the creation of the necessary conditions for a systematic exchange of views between medical scientists, experts and specialists in other fields also became a topic for discussion during the conversation with the Director of WHO / Europe.
Turkmen side once again confirmed that it will continue to adhere to the recommendations of authoritative international structures and continue active cooperation with the World Health Organization within the framework of joint projects and programs.
On the first day after completion of annual leave, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a video conference session of General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus.
Taking into account complicated situation in the world caused by COVID-19 pandemic, special attention has been focused on the subject of joint combat against the spread of severe infectious diseases and possible ways of mitigation of harm caused by such diseases.
always notes the key role of WHO in coordination of efforts of the world community in combating against coronavirus infection and development of consolidated and coordinated response to global threats.
Turkmen leader always highlights that efficiency of international cooperation in this direction can be achieved only by strict compliance of scientifically based recommendation of this competent UN structure by all states.
Opening the session, General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus has warmly greeted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for his personal support to successful development of fruitful bilateral cooperation, which is built of mutual respect and trust.
The Head of WHO has also expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for initiative approach to solution of modern global problems, in particular for big contribution of joint efforts in combating of the spread of coronavirus infection in the world.
Further, the floor was given to the Head of Turkmenistan.
Greeting the Head of WHO, Turkmen leader expressed gratitude for the initiative of organization of this session. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that this is a good opportunity for exchange of views on cooperation as well as for discussion of important issues in health protection sphere.
Throughout 28 years of its membership in the World Health Organization, Turkmenistan has accomplished big work for improvement of national system of health protection, brining of it in compliance with fundamental international documents, which specify the principles of development of this sphere and application of universal medical standards in treatment and prevention of various diseases.
In this result, the State Health Programme has been adopted in the country 25 years ago. Entirely new sample of health protection system, which is aimed at common access of the population to medical services, has been made based on the Programme, the President noted.
“In my letter to you dated by April 14 this year, I have informed in detail about the heights and success achieved by Turkmenistan in this direction, about established fruitful international cooperation”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Documents proving high level achieved by our state in combating of infectious and non-infectious diseases and their prevention, which were recognized by the world community, were result of this work.
Speaking of the subject of current discussion, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that humankind has faced new threat these days – the coronavirus pandemic. Today, relying on our experience gained for 25 years, we have taken integrated measures in combating of the spread of COVID-19.
Taking measures in this sphere in full compliance with work carried out by the world community, Turkmenistan has proposed number of important initiatives aimed at consolidation of international efforts in combating against coronavirus.
The Head of the State noted that in particular, it was proposed to make all necessary conditions for activation of cooperation in scientific diplomacy for regular exchange of opinions between scientists, doctors, experts and specialists of other profile spheres of science.
It was highlighted that establishment of multilateral relations aimed at detailed study of the origin of coronavirus infection, symptoms of disease caused by this infection as well as methods of prevention and treatment is the main objective of this initiative.
“We are ready to work together in this direction with the World Health Organization and other interested parties”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, having continued that we respect the messages and appeals of the United Nations Secretary General made in the last months as well as with initiatives of the WHO Director.
It was mentioned that big work has been carried in this direction in May – July this year. Thus, Turkmenistan Infectious Disease Readiness and Response Plan has been approved on government level on May 22.
The Plan defines specific measures for further improvement of equipment and facility base, which is required for diagnostic of infectious diseases, their prevention and treatment.
Opening of new quarantine centres, re-orientation of certain medical facilities to the treatment of people with similar symptoms of severe infectious disease are among the examples. Necessary medicine and medical equipment are procured according to the above-mentioned Plan, the Head of the State said.
At present, total health check of the population is carried out in the country and actual measures are taken for strengthening of immune system of people. Turkmenistan has supported proposal of the WHO for establishment of the COVID-19 technology access pool (C-TAP) platform.
Turkmen leader has highlighted that this platform is considered as an opportunity of visual demonstration of the origin of COVID-19 infection, publication of all results of clinical studies, fair distribution and accessibility of scientific works.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that examples of Turkmenistan’s participation in realization of international initiatives related to the activities carried out by all countries in combating against the pandemic has been brought above and highlighted that our country would continue taking an active part in this work in future.
Joint activity carried out by countries and international organizations give positive results. At the same time, numerous aspects related to COVID-19 virus remain unclear. The President said that Turkmenistan would like to make its proposals based on these aspects.
First, the origin of new viruses, on which scientists of many countries of the world work these days, remains unsolved issue until today. At present time, there are fundamental scientific works revealing the origin of coronavirus in general, which helps to define correct treatment methods of widespread diseases.
Studies of possible ways of spreading of this dangerous virus are continued. Numerous specialists agree that airborne transmission is one of ways. It also has been proven by researches of Turkmen scientists, doctors, ecologists and representatives of other scientific spheres.
The mutation of new coronavirus, appearance of new strains remain an important issue. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the relevance of systematic scientific works for obtaining of information comprehensively revealing complicated etiology of the virus and its ability to change rapidly.
According to our opinion, it is necessary to develop special programme of the World Health Organization for study of the genome of coronavirus for efficient conduct of these works, the Head of the State highlighted.
Second, appearance of new diseases caused by COVID-19 is a complex issue. The Head of the State continued that at present time, we are aware of its main symptoms and determined the level of severity of respiratory tract diseases. However, there is no single opinion on true origin of appearance of diseases caused by new virus.
This is indicated by pneumonia of unknown etymology, which is rapidly spread in our region. There is an opinion that the disease is caused by new coronavirus. However, at the same time, the symptoms typical for pneumonia is diagnosed during laboratory analysis and detailed study of data received in the result of use of modern medical technologies including computer tomography.
I am confident in the necessity of consolidation of efforts of the state in near future for correct diagnosis of this disease under the patronage of the World Health Organization, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, having offered the WHO European Regional Bureau to consider the opportunity of development of regional method of treatment of pneumonia.
Third, improvement of treatment and preventive methods of new infectious diseases is a subject of a great concern. Undoubtedly, efficient fulfilment of this work is directly related to results of solution of the above-mentioned objectives for study of the etiology of new microorganisms and diagnosis of diseases that they cause.
We are looking forward for support of the World Health Organization in further improvement of treatment methods of relative diseases, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having noted that it is appropriate to review the subject of establishment of methodological severe infectious disease preventive and treatment centre in the structure of WHO.
The President highlighted that he thinks it is necessary to consolidate joint efforts for solution of the above-mentioned and other issues related to provision of actual medical aid to people, their efficient treatment and saving of people’s lives.
Fulfilment of outlined objectives is our duty and joint responsibility, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having again said that we are looking forward for support of the WHO in this noble affair.
Having expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for substantial speech and proposals, General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus. Highly appreciated the strategy of improvement of national health protection system developed by Turkmen leader and desire to active cooperation with all interested partners.
The Director of WHO noted that big integrated work carried out in the country for improvement of health of the population including development of interrelated spheres like health protection and sports is a bright evidence of socially oriented government policy pursued under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Tedros Ghebreyesus has also said that experts have inspected preventive measures on site during recent mission of WHO to our country and gave positive feedback of the results of large-scale work carried out in the country.
During the session, the WHO General Director has noted importance of initiatives, which are significant for entire humankind, proposed by the President of Turkmenistan. In this context, the willingness of the World Health Organization to study in details all proposals of Turkmenistan leader and to carry out joint activity has been expressed.
In the end of the session, the Head of Turkmenistan and Head of the World Health Organization expressed the willingness for expansion of cooperation and consolidation of efforts in combating on new threats and challenges for public health protection.
After the session, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov called Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov and Minister of Health Protection and Medical Industry N. Amannepesov. During the session, the utmost objectives proposed during online session with the Head of the WHO have been reviewed and their practical implementation has been discussed.
It was mentioned that fulfilment of the plans requires responsible and scientifically based approach. The reports on current work and measures for solution of set objectives have been also presented.
Having highlighted the currency of issues reviewed at the session with the Head of the World Health Organization, the Head of Turkmenistan said that it is important to give efficient character to established relations with international structures and implement practical measures for successful fulfilment of given objectives
In this regard, specific assignments have been given. The necessity to put all efforts for improvement o efficiency of taken measures taking into account time requirements has been noted.
Having stated with delight that all initiatives made by Turkmenistan during the session with the Head of the WHO were fully supported, the Head of the State ordered to arrange coordinated work with relative structures.
In particular, the President of the country requested to activate cooperation in scientific diplomacy, to make necessary conditions for systematic exchange of information between medical scientists, experts and specialists of other spheres.
Highlighting importance of taken practical measures, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to adhere to recommendations of competent international structures and continue active cooperation with WHO.
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President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
Warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two countries exchange congratulations on occasion of Eid al-Adha, having expressed wished that this holiday, which embodies such values as mercy, goodwill and mutual help for common all Muslims and entire humankind, would be filled with wealth and abundance as well as support to the strengthening of fruitful cooperation between neighbouring countries.
The sides have highlighted that they pay special attention to expansion of beneficial partnership in all directions, having stated with delight dynamic and steadfast character of traditional bilateral relations, which have been initially built based mutual respect, equality and transparency.
It was mentioned in the conversation that Turkmen – Azeri relations are based on old friendship and fraternity, similarity of spiritual and cultural values uniting two neighbouring nations, on commitment to principles of peace-loving and humanity in international affairs. Existing high level of trust and understanding as well as proximity of approaches and positions of the sides to current issues of the global agenda are solid foundation for further development of constructive interstate dialog.
In this context, it was highlighted that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have significant potential for expansion of cooperation in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, comprehensive strengthening of bilateral cooperation for the sake of fraternal nations.
Continuing telephone conversation, the sides highlighted the subject of preventive activity and combating against the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused serious ordeal for the world community and makes negative impact on international life.
In this regard, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has spoken for the necessity of consolidation of efforts for development of new ideas and approaches for joint recovery of complicated situation in modern world.
At the same time, Turkmen leader has noted the timeliness of recent trilateral meeting with participation of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Agreements reached at the meeting will serve to activation of international transport and transit Lapis Lazuli corridor, which efficient use will support to strengthening of trade relations and common sustainable development.
Speaking of this, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that mutual support and joint activity would be a guarantee of successful implementation of this project.
In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov again exchanged congratulations on occasion of Eid al-Adha, having wished health and success in responsible government activity to each other and peace and prosperity to fraternal people of two countries.
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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip ErdoğanMonday, 03 August 2020 21:26
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two states exchange congratulations and best wishes on occasion of Eid al Adha. Having noted that this holiday, which is based on the principles of humanity, embodies goodwill and high spiritual and moral values, the sides expressed confidence that Eid Al Adha would give new stimuli to further strengthening of understanding and mutual heal in Muslim world.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the Republic of Turkey is fraternal state for Turkmenistan, cooperation with which has long-term and strategic character.
During the conversation, the sides have noted with delight that Turkmen – Turkish friendly relations receive new content at present time and implementation of joint projects supports to better interstate dialog.
Turkey is one of the countries, with which Turkmenistan successfully develops trade and economic relations, the Leader of the Nation said, having focused on importance of using significant potential for expansion of productive relations in this direction and rendering relative support to each other if it is necessary.
Having confirmed the commitment of two countries to unbreakable fraternal relations, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan noted that all efforts would be put for further strengthening of interstate relations.
Discussing current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides have spoken of the coronavirus pandemic.
Having highlighted that Turkmenistan supports the efforts of the world community in combating of spread of this dangerous infection, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that efforts of all countries have to be consolidated for achievement of specific results.
In this regard, Turkmen leader confirmed invariable willingness of our country to cooperate in development of new methods in this direction.
Continuing the subject and having expressed gratitude to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for special attention of personal contribution to strengthening of interstate relations, the President of Turkmen state expressed gratitude for provided support and medical appliances and personal protective equipment sent to our country. the Head of the State noted that this fact is considered as a symbol of unbreakable friendship between two countries.
In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha, having wished health and success to each other and peace and prosperity to people of two countries.
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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov targets ministries and departments of the country to study of the best world practice and modern advance practice. Following this analysis and according to objectives determined by national programmes of development, fundamental line of modernization and branches and spheres of live activity of the state are built. Digitization and use of informational and communication technologies are the main conditions in this case.
Responding to this targeted objectives, the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan also carries out relative work activating electronic format of its activity and expanding its presence in global information field.
Several innovations have been launched on web resources of the Foreign Ministry on August 1, which are to popularize achievements of Turkmenistan, success of the state policy pursued by the Leader of the Nation, to highlight international life of the country.
In particular, electronic library of books of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been opened on official website dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan www.neutrality.gov.tm.
This collection of works of the Head of the State will enrich knowledge of interested reader, will be an important help for representatives of scientific circles, social and political scientists. In his works, Turkmen leader has reflected the uniqueness of national culture, variety and wisdom of traditions, everlasting importance of the heritage, revealed numerous pages of glorious history of the nation as well as modern strategies and results of reforms in politics, economy, humanitarian cooperation.
All of these is available now to huge world online auditorium – in addition to Turkmen language, electronic library gas translations of the books of the Head of Turkmenistan almost on 20 languages, first, to working languages of the United Nations Organization. The books on the website are presented in 3D format while the reading is accompanied with audio and visual effects, for example, there is an option of turning the pages with typical rustling.
The same website has introduced new section – online exhibition, which is also dedicated to the 25th anniversary of neutrality of Turkmenistan. This virtual exhibition presents almost of industries of the country, their main departments and organizations, various national production including export oriented production.
In addition to sections dedicated to industry, oil and gas, transport and communications, trade, education, science, health protection and sports, agriculture, culture, each velayats of the country and the capital Ashgabat have their own electronic displays.
In general, 15 thematic sections speak about life of independent neutral Turkmenistan, visually demonstrate the results of grandiose changes carried out by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Substantial content, numerous photos and video materials will help visitors of online exhibition to have a bright impression about our country, its colossal economic potential.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan has started publishing International News newspaper in electronic format, which first release has been published on the website of the Foreign Ministry.
Taking into account active development of diplomatic activity through video conference and intendent communications, such newspaper will be an important analytical tools in modern media space, will allow saving time and resources for review of foreign political events and trends in life of Turkmenistan.
Digital messenger of the Foreign Ministry will be released once a week and distributed on internet channels including addressed newsletter to the embassies and consulates of Turkmenistan to foreign countries, foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan as well as to international news agencies based on agreements of cooperation, etc.
Therefore, another step has been made in formation of substantial and truthful picture of Turkmenistan as a country open for cooperation with all interested partners of the country, its integration to global system of communications, exchange of actual knowledge and practice of the state construction, promotion of constructive international initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the world arena.
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Telephone conversation between President of Turkmenistan and President of the Republic of UzbekistanMonday, 27 July 2020 17:37
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation.
The Turkmen leader cordially congratulated his Uzbek colleague on his 63rd anniversary - the age of the Prophet Muhammad.
Underlining the importance of this significant date in the life of every Muslim, deeply revered in Islam, the President of Turkmenistan wished Shavkat Mirziyoyev good health, happiness, as well as new successes in all undertakings and aspirations for the benefit of the people of Uzbekistan.
Highly evaluating the achieved level of interstate relations, the parties emphasized the mutual commitment to strategic cooperation, the development and comprehensive enhancement of which meets the fundamental interests of the fraternal peoples, since ancient times linked by bonds of inviolable friendship and good neighborliness.
The interlocutors called for intensifying the traditional mutually beneficial partnership, and not only on a bilateral, but also on a multilateral basis - within authoritative international and regional organizations, in particular the CIS, which the Republic of Uzbekistan presides over this year.
During the telephone conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev exchanged views on a number of aspects of world problems, expressing satisfaction with the coincidence of the approaches and positions of the parties on key issues on the agenda, primarily related to ensuring global peace, security and prosperity.
Speaking about the global problem of our time - a pandemic of a new type of coronavirus infection, which has a negative impact on international economic relations, the heads of the two states noted the development of a coordinated approach in combating the spread of this dangerous disease, as well as regular sanitary and quarantine measures.
In this regard, the importance and timeliness of the initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader on the active use of the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy and the creation of an international Council of medical scientists were emphasized.
Particular attention was focused on the general problem of the Aral Sea, the drying up of which had a negative impact on the climate, ecology, and health of people living in the Aral Sea region and far beyond its borders.
The President of Turkmenistan noted that natural factors could contribute to the transfer of various infections over long distances by dusty air currents that form in the Aral Sea zone.
Supporting this opinion, Shavkat Mirziyoyev spoke about the steps taken in Uzbekistan, in particular, planting saxaul at the bottom of the dried Aral Sea.
Turkmenistan also implements a number of measures. In particular, special forest protection strip was planted in the Dashoguz velayat to filter dusty winds blowing from the Aral Sea.
Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed confidence that the existing high level of trust and mutual understanding would continue to serve as a solid basis for the development of a constructive dialogue.
The Turkmen leader once again sincerely congratulated his Uzbek colleague on his birthday, wishing him good health and further success in responsible government activities, and peace, well-being and prosperity to the fraternal people of the neighboring country.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with the Brown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Having warmly greeted each other, Turkmen leader and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi exchanged congratulation on Eid Al Adha, having addressed wishes of wealth and prosperity to fraternal people of two countries. The confidence that this beautiful holiday, which has been embodying triumph of high spiritual values like humanity, good behaviour and nobility throughout the ages, would continue supporting the strengthening of solidarity of the Muslim world.
The sides have stated with delight that traditionally friendly relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates are steadily developed distinguishing by high level of understanding and close cooperation in political and diplomatic, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed AL Nahyan for special attention and personal contribution to the strengthening of Turkmen – Emirati relations and expansion of beneficial partnership between two countries.
Perspectives of interstate relations, which are built on the principles of mutual respect, have been discussed in the telephone conversation. In this regard, special attention has been paid to realization of agreements reached earlier including the agreements between the Foreign Ministries, as well as to diversification of the partnership in different spheres, development of new forms of active cooperation.
The President of Turkmenistan and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi have also shared the opinions on the problem of regional and global level, having highlighted the subject of COVID-19 pandemic.
Turkmen leader confirmed the commitment of our state to the global combating against the virus, having highlighted importance of active international cooperation, necessity to consolidate efforts of all countries for efficient combating of this threat.
In the end of the conversation, having expressed the confidence that interstate dialog would continue based on trust, transparency and understanding, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahayn wishes of strong health and success in all beginnings to each other and peace and prosperity to the nations of two countries.
Turkmen leader and the Vice-premier of UAE discuss important aspects of international cooperation in telephone conversationMonday, 27 July 2020 17:32
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with Vice-premier of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai Muhammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum.
Having warmly greeted the Emir of Dubai, the President of Turkmenistan congratulated him and fraternal people of UAE with coming big holiday of Islamic world – Eid AL Adha.
Turkmen leader expressed confidence that this holly holiday, which embodies high morale, spiritual purity and humanity, would continue supporting the strengthening of solidary of Muslim ummah.
Having expressed gratitude for congratulations and good words, Prime Minister of UAE Muhammed Bin Rashid AL Makhtoum addressed return best wishes to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and to all Turkmen people.
During telephone conversation, the sides have discussed important aspects of interstate cooperation. It was noted that strengthening of diplomatic, economic and humanitarian relations between two countries meet political demands and interests of both states. The Head of Turkmenistan highlighted that all efforts would be put in order the partnership with UAE to be long, trustful and efficient.
Taking opportunity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to His Highness for special attention and personal participation in strengthening of fraternal relations between the state and expansion of beneficial cooperation in all range of actual directions.
Global problem, which is presented by coronavirus pandemic these days, which caused crisis in international trade, disturbance of production activity and foreign economic relations, has been highlighted.
Having noted that it is necessary to consolidate efforts of all countries for efficient combating of the pandemic, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov confirmed that Turkmenistan is open for active cooperation with the world community in development of new methods of combating of this evil.
In the end, the sides exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha and cordial wishes, having addressed wishes of pace, wealth and further prosperity to the nations of two states.
Early in the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is currently on leave, made a walk in the foothills of Kopetdag Mountains. Turkmen leader was accompanied by alabay Pal’van.
The century-old practice of Turkmen nation shows that walking out of the alabays in mountain gorges supports strengthening of thoroughbred characteristics of this mighty dogs.
Brave Turkmen alabays, together with fast ahalteke horses, are integral part of our rich national cultural heritage.
Opening of specialized kennel, which has been built by the initiative of the Head of the State in Ak Bugday District, Ahal Velayat, is an evidence of huge attention paid to the formation of valuable gene pool of the alabays, improvement of culture of dog breeding and its systematic provision.
This event has fallen on the publishing of book “Turkmen alabay” by the President of the country, which reveals important role of these wonderful dogs in life and destiny of our people.
The opening of specialized kennel “Türkmen alabaý itleri”, which has started systematic activity for development of this legendary dog breed, became an evidence of special attention paid by the Government to protection of unique watch dogs.
Taking into account increased interest in the alabays bred by our talented ancestors, which was observed in the last years, the utmost attention is paid to correct training of dogs, protection and development of their outstanding thoroughbred characteristics.
Foundation of Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Association, which first session took place on May 7 last year, has served to further popularization of one of the best breed of watchdogs.
Enhancement of the best traditions of national dog breeding school in the context of objectives of breeding the alabays on systematic base, application of methods of national selection and modern achievements of the world science are among the priority directions of activity of the Association.
Turkmens have always valued these big dogs for their unlimited dedication. Vigilant to the enemy, having no equal to it as a watchdog, which shepherds are well aware of, the alabay has been protecting his master and everything surrounding him like home, family and children, which is most important, with loyalty. Therefore, the alabay is a personification of unlimited affection, trust and friendship. These are the main concepts that have been put into the logotype of the Association.
Opening of veterinary clinic and home animal complex, which were built in Anau, was an important step aimed at further development and popularization of Turkmen alabays and formation of modern system of canine activity and dog breeding. Chairman of Türkmen Alabaý Itler Association S. Berdimuhamedov took part in the opening ceremony.
The vet clinic represent an entirely new word in services given to home pets. This is a modern treatment and diagnostic centre provided with advanced medical equipment and designated for diagnosing of animal diseases and professional treatment.
Complex for temporarily care of pets has been built next to the vet clinic. Zoo hotel is also the first facility of such kind in Turkmenistan, which was established on the government level. The complex is designated for temporary stay of cats, dogs, birds, etc. as well as for fish, for which special fish tanks have been built. It has all conditions for comfortable stay of animals, prevention of its possible runaway or receiving injuries during the stay, provision of veterinary aid in case it is necessary.
Increased interest to the alabays, which were bred in Turkmen land, observed recently is mainly caused by personal attitude of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, owning to whom an old glory of watchdogs is growing every day increasing number of their lovers all over the world.
Therefore, taking into account big number of people wishing to join Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Association, especially canine specialists and dog breeders from all over the world who express interest in these dogs, the Association will probably acquire an international status.
From their side, the members of the Association say that they will continue scientific and selection work aimed at protection of purity of the breed, developing of new lines, increment of livestock of Turkmen alabays. It was also decided to develop the projects of similar veterinary complexes for regional offices of the Association.
In addition, projects of pedigree centres in Ashgabat and the regions as well as alabay exhibition centre in Ashgabat have been developed and under implementation.
This fact is another evidence of active care of this breed of dogs, which are recognized as national heritage, taken on the government level.
The alabays are special theme in literature works of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Thus, the Head of the State dedicated a verse to the dog:
You are a hero, my alabay,
You are a valiant, my alabay,
You are a brave if you need, alabay,
You are pride of Turkmens, my alabay!
It has become a good tradition in the country to hold international ahalteke horse beauty contest in the country every year, which is another indication of the importance paid to popularization of national values made by our people throughout the centuries.
In this context, development of proposal on organization of similar international contest, which will demonstrate skills, unique characteristics and distinguishing features of the breed, is very current.
Turkmen leader with Pal’van, the alabay, which is bred in Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Business Entity made a walk across picturesque mountain foothills. Forest zones on mountain slopes and peaks provide the formation of favourable microclimate in this place.
Walking is an integral part of century-old national traditions in breeding and training of the alabays, which as President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes improve the relations between master and pet.
The interest in alabays has significantly increased in the last years. Our brave dogs have deservingly occupied leading positions among the watchdog breeds of the world. This big and physically strong animals, which at the same time are distinguished with friendly character, become more popular not only in the country but also far beyond its borders.
That is why, the protection and development of outstanding characteristics of the alabay, collection and compilation of practice of breeding, exchanged of knowledge are current and important objectives today. Strict adherence to ancient traditions of breeding and training of this dog will help to protect its distinguishing features, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes.
Decision on installation of the sculpture of the world-famous alabay was another evidence of high respect paid to loyal companion of Turkmen people.
In his book “Turkmen Alabay” the Head of the State highlights that alabay is our national pride, heritage of the Motherland, a value that was made by our ancestors. Our duty is to protect and to bring this value to future generation in its all magnificence.
Having finished walking with the alabay, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left the place of event.
Widespread physical training and heath improving movement is rapidly developed in Turkmenistan every year. As it was mentioned at the extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the outcomes of the first half of the year on July 3, large-scale work for stimulation and improvement of sport sphere, enhancement of its potential, formation of relative multifunctional infrastructure is carried out at full pace in the country.
Excellent sport complexes provided with modern equipment, stadiums, specialized sport schools, hundreds of other facilities have been built in all regions of the country in the last several years.
National legislation is permanently improved under the government support of physical training, health improving movement and sports of highest achievements; number of programmes have been adopted, which are currently under implementation. The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has been established in 2018.
Comprehensive strengthening of health by engagement in various sports has become a national idea, strong consolidating factor uniting people of all ages and professions.
Involvement of all layers of population in this process plays huge role in assertion of values and principles of the Olympic movement, development of sports of highest achievements. Big popularization and educational work is carried out among children, who are actively engaged in regular sport disciplines from early age, is carried out for finding of talented sportsmen.
Younger generation masters successfully and with big enthusiasm both summer as well as winter sports such as ice-hockey and figure skating, which despite climate conditions of Central Asian Region, received rapid development.
Today, almost all educational facilities of the country have sport grounds and gyms provided with all necessary equipment. Residential complexes, which territories have children playgrounds, football, tennis and other fields, provide opportunities for going in for sports.
At the same time, technical sports, including motor sports, are actively developed. Due to support of the Head of the State, the Motor Sport Centre and race track have been opened in Ashgabat.
Equestrian sports is invariable very popular among Turkmenistan citizens. Both Turkmen and international equestrian sports, in particular show jumping, which was included in the programme of successful V Asian Indoor and Equestrian Games in Ashgabat in 2017, are successfully developed in the country. Modern equestrian complexes have been built and work in the capital and regions.
Training of professional sportsmen is carried out, important projects of construction of modern multifunctional stadiums, which meet modern requirements, special education facilities, race tracks and other important facilities, are implemented in Turkmenistan today.
Major activity in this direction supports to further growing of authority of the country, which makes deserved contribution of international sport movement that unites people around high humane ideals. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlights that sport is an important factor of strengthening of global peace, friendship and fruitful cooperation between the state and nations.
The policy in this sphere gives actual results – national sport is entering new levels and Turkmenistan becomes a place of big international competitions more often.
This is visually indicated by the triumph of V Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games. 2017 Asian Games were mega project in the history of sovereign Motherland. Having hosted these prestige competitions, our country proved its status of sport power, which is able to host major competitions.
Successful 2018 International Amul – Hazar Rally, which route run along historical Great Silk Road, and the World Weightlifting Championship supported to the growth of sport authority of Turkmenistan.
Therefore, being a full member of International Olympic Movement and Olympic Council of Asia, our country supports to expansion and popularization of the Olympic movement.
Adoption of Special Resolution on annual observation of the World Bicycle Day on June 3 by the UN General Assembly was a bright evidence of high appraisal and recognition of success of Turkmenistan in development of sports, promotion of values of the Olympic, physical and health improvement movement.
This historical document contains an urge to all countries to pay special attention to bicycle subject in the development strategies and to include it to international regional and local programmes.
It is worth to remind that the largest cycling awareness lesson, which was registered as the World record, has been held by initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Turkmen capital in 2018 on occasion of this world holiday.
The longest single line bicycle parade with participation of 2019 cyclist, which was also registered as the World record, has been held in Ashgabat Olympic village last year.
By this, the Head of the State has started a good tradition of mass cycling races, which unite not only citizens of Turkmenistan but also numerous foreign diplomats and businessmen working in our country.
In addition to 12-km cycling race, this year was marked with the opening the Bicycle Monument, which became a new attraction of Ashgabat. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted at the opening ceremony of the monument that this artistic composition embodies high spiritual rise of our people, its commitment to human values and international sport movement, rapid advancement of the country toward progress and prosperity.
Construction of excellent indoor racing track in the Olympic village, which meet international standards, has become an important milestone of development of cycling in Turkmenistan. According to foreign experts and specialists of International Cycling Union, it complies with all relevant requirements and provides required equipment and facility base, which make conditions for organization of high-level tournaments.
In 201, Turkmen capital is preparing to host the World Track Cycling Championship. Modern road infrastructure of our country matches excellently to organization of road race competitions.
Roads running along Kopetdag Mountains, which have hosted numerous national cycling competitions throughout many years, serves as a training infrastructure for leading sportsmen.
This is supported not only by favourable climate, which allows cycling outdoor almost all year around but also by excellent quality of roads.
Having announced strengthening of principles of health and active life style in the society, the Head of the State gives personal example to Turkmenistan citizens going for various sports like horse riding, cycling, motor sport, running, tennis, etc.
Every year, Turkmen sportsmen perform more actively in the world sport arena where they win different prizes including gold medals. This success is directly supported by equipment and facility base of sport industry and established favourable conditions for training.
Active work has been carried out from the beginning of the year for training of national team to XXXII Summer Olympic Games. Training of sportsmen in 7 disciplines including weightlifting, boxing, judo, Greco – Roman and free-style wrestling, karate, swimming and field and track-and-field athletics have been held in the Olympic village of the capital.
Therefore, taking active measures aimed at development and popularization of healthy life style, physical training and sports, Turkmenistan strengthen its status of the sport country.