Uzbekistan intends to launch a new transport corridor to India through Turkmenistan, Podrobno.uz reported on Thursday.
The Agency refers to the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, where a meeting was held with a delegation of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), during which issues of the development of the "Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan – Iran– India" transport corridor with connection through the port of Chabahar were discussed.
"During the negotiations, an agreement was reached on the development of a feasibility study for a new transport route being created in connection with the need to service the growing volume of trade between Uzbekistan and India, which will reach $1 billion in the near future," the report says.
The route is also designed to ensure the continuity of product supplies within the trade turnover of the countries of Central Asia and India, in turn, striving for the mark of 3.2 billion dollars per year.
“Turkmenistan welcomed the role that India is playing during its current membership in the UN Security Council and highly appreciated the initiatives of the UN Security Council put forward by India aimed at reforming multilateralism and combating terrorism, based on the Indian ideal of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, i.e. “the world as one family,” Presidents Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Ram Nath Kovind said in a joint statement following talks in Ashgabat.
The parties stressed that the election of India (non-permanent member) to the UN Security Council provided additional opportunities for coordinating efforts on the most pressing issues in the UN based on mutual understanding and a common view and approach to the global world order.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov congratulated India on its successful chairmanship in the UN Security Council in August 2021 and reaffirmed Turkmenistan's support for India's permanent membership in a reformed and enlarged UN Security Council.
The Security Council consists of 15 members of the Organization. Great Britain, China, the Russian Federation, the USA and France are permanent members of the Security Council with the right of veto. 10 non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for two years. Five of them are replaced every year.
The Security Council bears the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It is the only UN body the decisions of which are binding on all members of the organization.
India has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 8 periods: 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992, 2011-2012 and 2021-22.
Along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, India is in the Group of Four (G4) - a group of countries which scale of development is comparable to the permanent members of the UN Security Council, and requiring permanent membership in the organization.
India is a nuclear power and the second most populous country in the world. It is also among the twelve largest economies and the fourth largest market. India currently has the third largest military force in the world. India is also one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping missions.
Head of India Ram Nath Kovind will visit Turkmenistan on April 1-4 at the invitation of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, reports Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India.
This will be the first ever visit of an Indian President to Turkmenistan, the information emphasizes.
High-level talks are expected during the visit, during which issues of bilateral and regional cooperation will be discussed. One of the topics will be the implementation of the results of the India-Central Asia summit.
As a result of the meeting, it is planned to sign a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding.
Also, one of the topics of negotiations may be the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.
On January 24 a telephone conversation took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
During the conversation, the ministers discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral relations. The parties noted the importance they attach to the expansion and deepening of comprehensive ties in the areas of political and diplomatic contacts, trade-economic cooperation, cultural and humanitarian exchanges. The parties stressed the need for the speedy implementation of the agreements reached at the highest state level in recent years, primarily during meetings and telephone conversations between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In this regard, the ministers exchanged views on the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, emphasizing the need to intensify work at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
The heads of the foreign affairs agencies paid special attention to the preparations for the First “Central Asia-India” Summit, which will be held in the coming days via videoconference.
Press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE SECOND SESSION OF INDIA-CENTRAL ASIA DIALOGUEThursday, 29 October 2020 16:09
Today, on the 28th of October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov participated to the second session of India-Central Asia Dialogue held through videoconferencing.
The session that was chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India Dr.S.Jaishankar, was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan M. Tleuberdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan S. Mukhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Kamilov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic N.Niyazaliev. The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar took part in the meeting as the special invitee.
During the session, the adherence of the parties to further development of relations in political-diplomatic vector, as well as in trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres was noted.
The Ministers emphasized the importance of the first session within the India-Central Asia Dialogue which was held in Uzbekistan last year and contributed to the strengthening of cooperation between the countries of the Central Asia and India.
During the current meeting, the parties discussed the most pressing issues of collaboration and exchanged views on regional and international affairs posing mutual interest. Special accent was made on the expansion of cooperation in the framework of the United Nations and other international structures.
Speaking at the session, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan highlighted the importance of cooperation within the India-Central Asia Dialogue, among the priorities of which is the maintenance of regional security. In this regard, the firm commitment of Turkmenistan to the collaboration on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was underlined. R.Meredov proposed to enhance the collaboration on the security issues, particularly by means of holding relevant consultations and meetings between the experts of countries in present format.
The steady position of Turkmenistan in the advancement of peace process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, including the facilitation of the socio-economic recovery of the neighboring state was reiterated. Turkmenistan stands for the application of exclusively diplomatic and political tools in achieving stabilization in this country. Under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan does all the necessary on its part. The country is ready to provide its political space and required organizational conditions for the Intra-Afghan negotiations. Also, Turkmenistan implements quite a number of large-scale energy, transport and infrastructural projects intended to assist all-inclusive development of Afghanistan, including its integration into the world economy.
The construction of the gas pipeline along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India route, railway segments, and fiber-optic communication lines involving the territory of Afghanistan, as well as the significance of transit routes by means of land, railway and maritime transport and infrastructure was specifically noted. The given projects are expected to contribute to the strengthening of trade-economic ties on the Eurasian space.
In this regard, the Ministers welcomed the presence of Afghanistan in the India-Central Asia Dialogue. They expressed interest in further strengthening of cooperation aimed at the development and economic recovery of Afghanistan. The issue of developing the transit and transport potential of the CA countries and India was especially considered, including the promotion of joint initiatives on the establishment of regional and international transport corridors.
The parties thoroughly discussed the situation in regard to global pandemic and underlined the necessity of continuing close cooperation between the epidemiological services of the Central Asian countries and India on overcoming the COVID-19. In the context, the Head of MFA of Turkmenistan noted the significance of applying the methods of scientific diplomacy and exchange of expertise. The importance of cooperation in the area of healthcare, pharmaceuticals and scientific research was especially noted.
The parties discussed the collaboration in such spheres as energy, gas chemical industry, transport, communication, high technologies, and agriculture. The interest in further expansion of trade-economic cooperation, including the promotion of direct contacts between the businesses of India and CA countries was expressed. In this regard, the Ministers welcomed the launching of the India-Central Asia Business Council in New Delhi in February 2020.
The Ministers thoroughly discussed cultural and humanitarian relations. It was stated that the countries are linked by common historical and cultural values. Special accent was made on holding joint educational and cultural activities.
The Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries expressed gratitude to the External Affairs Minister of India for organizing the second session of India-Central Asia Dialogue. The parties agreed to continue organizing annual meetings within the India-Central Asia Dialogue with the participation of Afghanistan.
A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WAS HELD BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIAFriday, 16 October 2020 16:29
On October 15, 2020, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind.
Expressing his sincere gratitude to the President of India for the attention paid to the development of a fruitful Turkmen-Indian dialogue, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that our countries are actively cooperating not only in a bilateral format, but also through international structures. This is evidenced by the mutual support of constructive proposals put forward within the framework of authoritative organizations on a regional and global scale.
As the President of our country noted, Turkmenistan is grateful to India for the continued support of its neutral status and international initiatives aimed at ensuring global peace, security and building an effective partnership for sustainable development.
During the conversation, it was emphasized that the high level of Turkmen-Indian relations is embodied in the consistent strengthening of trade and economic ties. In this context, the energy sector was named as a priority vector of cooperation, where a vivid example was interaction on the implementation of a large-scale project for the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
It was noted that the successful implementation of this significant project will certainly give a powerful impetus to the economic development of the participating countries, the creation of new jobs, the construction of social and industrial infrastructure, and will attract large foreign investments.
During the telephone conversation, the interlocutors also stated that there is a solid potential for diversifying economic cooperation, including taking into account the course of industrialization taken by our country.
For its part, Turkmenistan, as President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, was ready to provide Indian companies with the necessary support in the implementation of investment projects and invited them to consider the possibility of creating joint high-tech industries in such areas as agriculture, chemical, pharmaceutical, light industry, production of building materials based on local raw materials.
Emphasizing that Turkmenistan and India have ancient traditions and a rich historical heritage, the interlocutors spoke in favor of further strengthening fruitful cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, including through various cultural events, such as cross Culture Days, exhibitions, festivals, and creative exchanges.
Great importance was also attached to the stimulation of scientific and educational contacts. Along with this, the importance of establishing interaction and exchange of experience at the inter-parliamentary level was noted.
During the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Ram Nath Kovind also touched upon the topic of the coronavirus pandemic.
The interlocutors also noted that high-level visits and negotiations play a special role in the development of Turkmen-Indian relations, building up bilateral ties with a long-term perspective. Stressing that Turkmenistan sees India as a sincere friend and reliable partner, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind to pay an official visit to our country at a convenient time for him.
At the end of the telephone conversation, the parties exchanged best wishes for each other and the peoples of both countries.
China accused India of “betraying” a British-era territorial understanding over their border in Sikkim, intensifying a diplomatic row that could overshadow talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping should the two meet on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Germany this week.
Concerns over Chinese military deployment have started mounting, with Indian navy sources reporting on Monday an increase in activity by Chinese vessels in the Indian ocean region. An intelligence-gathering ship, Haiwingxing, was spotted in Indian Ocean late last month, weeks after the Sikkim impasse began.
Troops from the two countries are facing off near the border in Sikkim after the Chinese army tried to build a road in the sensitive Doklam, a disputed region between China and Bhutan, which Beijing also refers to as Donglang. The episode is one of the longest showdown the two sides have had since fighting a war in 1962, and experts in Beijing believe the issue could lead to a full-blown military confrontation.
The situation could dominate a possible informal meeting between Modi and Xi, on the sidelines of a G20 gathering in Hamburg.
On Monday, the Chinese foreign ministry cited correspondence between former PM Jawaharlal Nehru and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai to claim that India “endorsed” the 1890 Sino-British treaty on Sikkim, and said the ongoing “trespass” by Indian troops is a “betrayal” of the position taken by New Delhi since then.
“Former Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru endorsed the 1890 Sino-British Treaty on Sikkim in a letter to the then Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai in 1959. Successive Indian governments have also endorsed this,” Geng Shuang, ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) spokesperson, said at the regular ministry briefing.
“The India-China boundary in the Sikkim section is well demarcated. The action taken by India is a betrayal of the position taken by the Indian governments,” Geng said, adding that India needs to follow the treaty and pull back troops immediately from Doka La.
The region is where the borders of the three countries — India, China and Bhutan — meet.
Doka La is located on the margins of the Doklam plateau.
India has consistently disputed the Chinese reference to the 1890 treaty, saying that the two countries decided in 2012 that boundary points between India and China where another country is involved — in this case Bhutan — will be finalised in consultation with the third nation.
Ties between both countries have historically been fragile, with territorial disputes on India’s eastern front — regions such as Aksai Chin and Arunachal — being the major cause of friction.
Heightened tensions were underscored by the sightings of Chinese naval assets in Indian Ocean. India’s naval satellites, surveillance planes and surface warships sighted Luyang III class destroyers, hydrographic research vessels and tankers. The presence of a submarine was also established by the sighting of Chongmingdao, a Chinese navy submarine support vessel.
In a briefing on Monday, Geng brushed aside India’s contention and said New Delhi was using Bhutan as a “cover up” to justify the “illegal entry” of its soldiers in the Doklam.
Geng also said that a demarche that Bhutan sent to China against the road construction was done at India’s insistence.
“In order to cover up the illegal entry of the Indian border troops, to distort the fact and even at the expense of Bhutan’s independence and sovereignty, they try to confuse right from wrong, that is futile,” he said.
The foreign ministry spokesperson also dismissed Indian defence minister Arun Jaitley’s remark that the current India was different from the India of 1962, which lost the Sino-India war. Jaitley’s statement was in itself a response to a Chinese army spokesperson saying that New Delhi should “remember historical lessons”.
“He is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from 1962, just like China is also different,” the Chinese foreign ministry official said on Monday, without elaborating on what it meant.
(With inputs from HTC, New Delhi)
The Georgian Government is working toward launching free trade negotiations with India, the Prime Minister of Georgia stated at today's Government meeting. According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, before starting negotiations on signing the free trade agreement between Georgia and India, a preliminary study will be conducted to assess all factors and potential related to this agreement.
"We enjoy free trade agreements with our neighbors, Turkey, the EU, and the EFTA. In the foreseeable future, we will have a similar agreement with China and Hong Kong. We want to start a study on India as well. To this end, a delegation from the Ministry of Economy will travel to Delhi under the leadership of Minister Giorgi Gakharia. In a few months, we will complete said study, and based on its results we will launch negotiations on the free trade agreement with India. It is a very important issue because Georgia has enough potential to become the regional hub in this direction, and we must use these opportunities to the hilt," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deep sorrow over the train crash in the Andhra Pradesh State of the Republic of India leaving tens of people dead and many others – injured.
In this difficult time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its solidarity with the Indian government and people conveying its condolences to the families of crash victims and wishing speedy recovery to those who have been injured in the accident.
The direct air link to be established between Georgia and India. This statement was made by the Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze at Parliament. According to him, this agreement was made with Indian side during the visit with Indian Delegation.
"We have very active relations with India. My deputy Zviad Gonadze returned from India today. We talk about direct air traffic, innovation, trade, education and cooperation "- Janelidze said.