A briefing at the MFA on the outcome of the XVIII Summit of the Heads of States and Governments of the Non-Aligned MovementWednesday, 30 October 2019 10:03
On October 28, 2019, a briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the foreign policy course of our country.
The briefing was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, representatives of local and foreign media accredited in the country.
Besides the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Ms. E.Panova and Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia Ms. N.German gave speeches at the briefing.
During the briefing, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan R.Meredov made a special emphasis on the working visit of the President of Turkmenistan on October 25, 2019 to the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan to attend the XVIII Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.
It was attended by the Heads of States and Governments of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, observer states and heads of international organizations. In addition, a number of states were represented at this Summit as guests of honor. The Baku Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement made it possible to constructively consider the role and place of the Non-Aligned Movement in the modern world, to discuss issues related to the implementation of its goals and objectives, taking into account current realities and prospects for the long-term development of international cooperation as a whole. Therefore, it was not accidental that the slogan “Ensuring a joint and adequate response to the challenges of the modern world, guided by the Bandung principles” was chosen as the motto of the forum.
In this context, the Minister noted that these fundamental principles, which include respect for fundamental human rights, the goals and principles of the UN Charter, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, the promotion of mutual interests and cooperation, respect for justice and international obligations, the settlement of all international disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the UN Charter and a number of other areas, formed the basis of the foreign policy of neutral Turkmenistan in the early years of our independence.
It was emphasized that President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended the 18th Baku Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. The head of state made a keynote speech at this Forum, which assessed the current state of affairs in the world and announced very serious initiatives aimed at resolving a number of pressing issues on the global agenda today.
During the current high-level meeting, the Turkmen leader voiced initiatives on key aspects of global sustainable development, such as peaceful coexistence of states, countering terrorism, resolving refugee problems, achieving food security, and environmental well-being.
As the President of Turkmenistan emphasized in his speech “We are convinced that our states should act from a consolidated position in defense of the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, actively uphold justice and equality in international economic relations, and strongly oppose discrimination, unreasonable, often artificial barriers in the world trade, for the recognition of the economic sovereignty of peoples and states.”
The minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan also informed the briefing that on October 21-23, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov carried out a working visit to Japan. During the visit, the Turkmen-Japanese business forum and a number of bilateral summits were held. As a result of the meetings, a solid package of bilateral documents was signed between Turkmenistan and Japan.
R.Meredov also noted that on October 27, 2019, meetings were held between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, who arrived in the capital of Turkmenistan on an official visit.
On February 1, 2018, a briefing was held in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on acquaintance with the main results of the social and economic development of Turkmenistan in 2017, with the results of the Foreign Ministry activities for the past year in the context of the implementation of the Foreign Policy Concept of Neutral Turkmenistan for 2017-2023, and also with the planned for 2018 events.
The briefing was attended by representatives of Embassies and international organizations and foreign media accredited in Turkmenistan.
At the briefing the participants were informed in details about large-scale events held in Turkmenistan in the past year. First and foremost, it is necessary to note the successful holding of the grandiose sports event - the V Asian Games, which have become a vivid example of the huge attention shown to the development of the mass sports and health movement and sport in the country. It was also stressed that, along with the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's membership in the UN, the country marked the 10th anniversary of the opening in the capital of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), the creation of which is a landmark event in the history of bilateral cooperation.
The participants of the briefing were told in detail about the three resolutions adopted in 2017 at the initiative of Turkmenistan, which confirmed that the creative initiatives put forward by the head of the Turkmen state in such an important direction, as well as in other relevant areas, are approved by the world community.
It was also told that on the proposal of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat in mid-November, the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) was held. As a result of the forum, the Ashgabat Declaration was adopted, which reflected the readiness of the participating states and international organizations to further build a mutually beneficial partnership.
Last year our country presided at the International Energy Charter Conference. The 28th session of this organization in Ashgabat gathered more than 200 delegates from 50 countries, once again confirming its high status as an authoritative discussion platform for discussing the current state and trends of world development, including on global energy issues.
As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informed the participants of the briefing, in general, in 2017 our country was visited by the 584 delegations of various levels. At the same time, 624 Turkmen delegations were sent abroad. To date, Turkmenistan has established diplomatic relations with 145 countries around the world. There are 35 diplomatic missions and consulates in Turkmenistan, as well as 15 representative offices of international organizations. 226 bilateral and multilateral international documents were signed. In 2017, Turkmenistan joined the 6 international conventions. Last year, 47 bilateral political consultations, 18 joint intergovernmental commission meetings and 14 bilateral business forums took place.
The attendees were also informed of the activities of national importance planned for the first quarter of 2018.
At the end of the briefing, it was stressed that independent, neutral Turkmenistan will continue to do everything necessary to strengthen peace and security on our planet, to contribute to the development and progress of human civilization.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the launch of ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:50
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep concern over the DPRK’s violation of a number of international obligations and relevant UN SC resolutions and condemns yet the test-firing of ballistic missile by Pyongyang, on August 29, 2017.
As a member state of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Georgia opposes any action contradicting international nonproliferation efforts and posing a threat to the security and stability of the region.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is concerned over the developments in breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not recognise the so-called parliamentary elections held in Abkhazia in March 2017, neither the presidential elections and referendum in Georgia’s region of South Ossetia held in April 2017. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates its support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Statement of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the so-called parliamentary elections in occupied Abkhazia regionMonday, 13 March 2017 13:59
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of the Italian Republic Paolo Gentiloni paid tribute to the memory of those who died for the unity of Georgia and laid a wreath at the Fallen Heroes Memorial.
Paolo Gentiloni arrived in Georgia for a two-day official visit on 6 and 7 November.
Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo visits Tbilisi on 28-29 February 2016.
The first meeting was held with Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.
The two sides discussed a wide range of issues relating to bilateral co-operation between Georgia and Spain. Mikheil Janelidze assessed this visit as a strong support of the Spanish Government for Georgia.
Mikheil Janelidze welcomed the political decision of Spain to open the embassy in Georgia; the first steps have already been taken in this regard and the Charge d'Affaires was sent to Tbilisi.
The Georgian Foreign Minister positively assessed the close partner relations between Georgia and Spain in the political, trade-economic, infrastructural, agricultural, cultural, educational and other spheres; underlined the need to make maximum use of economic co-operation potential, which means the Spanish business communities’ increased interest in Georgia and greater volume of Spanish investments in the country; and focused on the development of co-operation in the spheres of infrastructure and tourism.
Talking points also included the processes of visa liberalisation with the EU. Mikheil Janelidze spoke about the activities carried out in this direction and about Georgia’s expectations with respect to visa-free travel with the European Union.
The two sides focused on Georgia’s expectations for the NATO Summit in Warsaw and on the progress Georgia has achieved in the process of implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package.
Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo reaffirmed the unequivocal support for Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
In the frames of the visit, the Spanish Foreign Minister will meet Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Speaker of the Parliament David Usupashvili and Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II.
Mikheil Janelidze: “Georgia is a role model in the region in terms of carrying out reforms and transforming itself into a genuinely democratic country”
“Today’s forum is important not only for Georgia but also for Europe as a whole” – Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze said when addressing the participants of the international forum – “The Prospects of Georgia’s Democratic and Economic Development” taking place at the Tbilisi Courtyard Marriott Hotel, on 1-2 February. In his address, Mikheil Janelidze spoke about the priorities of Georgia’s foreign policy, European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, main directions of Georgia-EU partnership and Georgia’s economic and democratic development.
According to the Foreign Minister, with the historic signature of the Association Agreement, including the DCFTA, Georgia has moved to a qualitatively new level of cooperation with the EU by launching an ambitious process of political association and economic integration.
In his address Mikheil Janelidze highlighted the importance of Georgia’s integration with NATO and the steps the Government has taken on its path to NATO membership. According to the Minister, Georgia successfully carries out measures under the Substantial Package, which serves the goal of enhancing the country’s defence capability. Other than that, reforms in Georgia’s military, security and foreign policy, good governance, democracy and economic development sectors are carried out in close coordination with the Alliance that brings Georgia closer to its ultimate goal of NATO membership.
“Georgia is a role model in the region in terms of carrying out reforms and transforming itself into a genuinely democratic country. We need to achieve even a greater progress and continue to move ahead along this road” – Mikheil Janelidze said.
The international forum – “The Prospects of Georgia’s Democratic and Economic Development” is held under the aegis of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), in partnership with the University of Bremen and with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on Georgia’s accession to the European Union’s maritime surveillance systems – SafeSeaNetThursday, 28 January 2016 11:36
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes Georgia’s accession to the European Union’s maritime surveillance systems – SafeSeaNet. This represents yet another step the country has taken on its path towards the political association and economic integration with the EU.
The Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) due to take effect as of 1 April 2016 with respect to Georgia’s territorial waters and port water area, will provide information service; navigational assistance service; traffic organization service designed to improve the safety and efficiency of navigation, safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. The introduction of VTMIS will for the first time give Georgia access to the European Union’s maritime surveillance systems – SafeSeaNet.
This system will help Georgia bring its maritime infrastructure closer to EU standards as stipulated by the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
On 18 January 2016, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia Niels Scott and Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in South Caucasus Olivier Bürki. The meeting was also attended by UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Georgia Shombi Sharp and by Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.
Mikheil Janelidze focused on the existing close co-operation between Georgia and the UNDP in different spheres. The sides also discussed the issues relating to the sustainable development as well as to the regional development and co-operation in order to promote the international trade. At the meeting, the sides expressed readiness to continue active co-operation in the future as well.