TALKS WERE HELD BETWEEN THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF AFGHANISTANThursday, 13 August 2020 08:43
On August 12, 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov held talks with the Acting Chairman of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ajmal Ahmadi. The meeting was held by means of video conferencing.
On the agenda of the talks was the expansion and strengthening of mutually beneficial relations in all areas of cooperation of reciprocal interest. Having especially noted the effectiveness and timeliness of the previous meetings of the delegations of the two countries at various venues, the parties confirmed their mutual readiness to continue to actively develop an effective partnership between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
In particular, the interlocutors focused on the need to intensify the implementation of multilateral and bilateral projects aimed at the comprehensive integration of neighboring Afghanistan into the architecture of world stability.
In this context, the parties also exchanged views on the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline and the TAP power transmission line, as well as the implementation of the Lapis Lazuli corridor, etc. As is known, these regional projects open up wide opportunities for exporting electricity to South Asian countries in transit through Afghanistan, expanding transport and transit hubs connected by a single logistics center.
The participants of the meeting stated that the successful implementation of these projects will give a powerful impetus to the sustainable economic development of the entire region, will contribute to solving social and humanitarian issues, strengthening peace and security. In particular, it will be possible to increase the level of employment of the population in connection with the emergence of new jobs, as well as to create an appropriate infrastructure for energy, transport-communication and transit-logistics areas.
On August 11, 2020, a special online meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue had been held.
The meeting, which was held under the auspices of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, was attended by the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of five Central Asian countries.
As part of a constructive conversation, high-ranking diplomats discussed regional cooperation, as well as well-coordinated interaction between the CA countries and Japan, taking into account the spread of the new coronavirus infection on a global scale.
During the speeches, the effectiveness of this format of diversified cooperation, based on the principles of mutual growth, solidarity and comprehensive support in key areas of mutually beneficial partnership, was especially noted.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.O. Meredov, expressing gratitude to the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry for the initiative to organize this ministerial online meeting, especially noted the timeliness of the meeting.
Undoubtedly, since the establishment of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue in 2004, this format of multilateral interaction has developed significantly. The topic of discussions within this format has significantly expanded, which today covers topical issues of ensuring international and regional security, sustainable development, creating favorable conditions for effective trade-economic ties, active exchange in the cultural-humanitarian field.
As the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan noted, in these conditions, when the world community is fighting an urgent struggle against a new infection, this communication format, which unites the states of Central Asia as an important region of the planet and Japan, cannot remain aloof from solving the acute problem faced by humanity. In this context, the current dialogue of the Foreign Ministers provides an opportunity for an exchange of views on the complex situation in the world and ways to overcome it.
Based on the need to develop a global response to the challenges of our time, it is advisable to intensify the process of consolidating the efforts of the countries in countering the pandemic.
In this regard, the Turkmen side also took the initiative to develop, within the framework of the "Central Asia + Japan" Dialogue, a Program document that includes the basic principles of solidarity activities of the participating States in the fight against a new type of infection and specific measures aimed at preventing and treating diseases, caused by it.
The head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan also expressed special gratitude to the Japanese side for their readiness to provide a grant project in the field of medicine within the framework of the Official Development Assistance Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
As is known, Turkmen doctors highly appreciate the knowledge and experience gained in the course of numerous multilateral and two-way videoconferences with leading Japanese specialists.
Currently, the constant exchange of knowledge and information on the methods of treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, medical technologies, drugs and equipment, personal protective equipment for the full use of the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy is of great importance.
It is known that over the years of partnership within the framework of this format, the participating countries have identified a number of areas of multilateral interaction, including such areas as security, economy and culture. The implementation of joint projects in these areas remains an urgent task for the near future.
During the meeting, the ministers exchanged views on the agenda of the upcoming 8th meeting of the "Central Asia + Japan" Dialogue. In particular, they discussed the possibilities of developing and adopting the Concept of partnership between the states of Central Asia and Japan in the field of security, developing a new Platform for the development of economic partnership, preparation and discussion of the Roadmap on cooperation of the participating states in the field of high technologies, as well as preparation of the Program of cooperation between the participating countries in the socio-cultural sphere.
On June 30, 2020, the successive meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Central Asian countries and USA in the “C5+1” format was held through videoconferencing.
The Secretary of State of the United States of America and the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in the session.
The participants considered the collaboration in political-diplomatic field, and discussed the key aspects of trade-economic cooperation. One of the main topics of discussion at this meeting was the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and development of joint mechanisms on expanding the cooperation in various areas.
During his speech at the ministerial meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov expressed the standpoint of Turkmenistan concerning the Afghan issues. He underlined that the Turkmen side supports the cooperation in multilateral formats aimed at strengthening of political and socio-economic life in the neighboring country by peaceful means and is ready to use the necessary political-diplomatic potential of the state in this regard. Herein, the importance of applying the UN platform was emphasized.
During the meeting, the opportunities of expanding mutual investments, infrastructural, transport-communication, social and energy projects of regional scale were discussed. The parties exchanged views on strengthening collaboration in the area of healthcare, energy, transport, nature protection.
BRIEFING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN OF TURKMENISTAN FOR ACUTE INFECTIOUS DISEASE
On June 5, 2020, a briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the implementation of the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for Acute Infectious Disease, which was prepared at the national level in cooperation with international organizations.
The briefing was attended by heads and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and the Medical Industry, as well as relevant departments of Turkmenistan, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country, and journalists from local and foreign media. In addition to journalists accredited in the country, the event was attended by representatives of foreign media online.
Thanking all participants for their active participation in this, as well as in a series of previous briefings, reflecting the activities of Turkmenistan in the field of healthcare, the Minister of Foreign Affairs R. Meredov acquainted the participants with the ongoing work in the country on the implementation of the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for acute infectious diseases.
Once again emphasizing that this document was developed in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the Minister noted the special importance of international cooperation in jointly combating the new type of coronavirus pandemic. He also drew attention to regular consultations on monitoring the implementation of the goals and activities set forth in this document, their organizational and logistical support.
Speaking about multilateral activities to consolidate the efforts of the international community in counteracting the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection and overcoming the negative consequences of the pandemic, the Minister focused on the creation of the Technology Access Platform against COVID-19, announced by the Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Gebreyesus on May 29 of this year. Having officially announced the accession of Turkmenistan to this Platform, the Minister added that these aspirations are harmoniously linked with the proposals made by the President of Turkmenistan to promote scientific diplomacy tools, including the creation of an international Council of Medical Scientists.
Speakers at the briefing: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Turkmenistan Sun Weidong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Turkmenistan Kasumata Takahiko, Director of the Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank in Turkmenistan Chang Ching Yua, Director of the Representative Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Turkmenistan Fatih Turkmenoglu, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Central Asia, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia N.Gherman, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan E. Panova, as well as the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashkhabad N.Drozd highly appraised the ongoing activities in Turkmenistan aimed at prevention of the acute infectious diseases and underlined the commitment of the Turkmen side to implementation of the joint plans, programs and mechanisms promoted at multilateral platforms and aimed at strengthening the solidarity in the fight against the pandemic.
Stressing that none a single case of coronavirus is registered and favorable epidemiological condition is upheld in the country, the speakers agreed on the aspect that the impact of the pandemic on socio-economic situation in the world is inevitable. Thus, the participants discussed the opportunities for cooperation in the framework of implementation of Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for Acute Infectious Disease, including the search for joint solutions for mitigating the impact on the economies of the countries.
the final part of the briefing, “a questions and answers” session was held, during which the participants exchanged views and asked questions of interest to them.
A briefing on the implementation of Turkmenistan’s international initiatives in the field of healthcare was held in the Ministry of Foreign AffairsSaturday, 23 May 2020 11:25
On May 22, 2020, a briefing was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the implementation of Turkmenistan’s international health initiatives.
The briefing, which became a regular venue for a comprehensive exchange of views on pressing issues in the field of health, was attended by heads and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and the Medical industry, other relevant departments of Turkmenistan, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country, local media and journalists of foreign countries, accredited in Turkmenistan.
Heads of diplomatic missions with residences in third countries, as well as representatives of leading foreign media and public organizations participated in the briefing via video conferencing.
Speaking at the event, the head of the country's foreign ministry emphasized that “one of the main purposes of this platform is to promote Turkmenistan’s international health initiatives, which has become a priority topic for recent briefings”. R. Meredov also noted that Turkmenistan, during the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), held online, supported the resolution “Response to COVID-19”, adopted at the end of the World Assembly, unanimously endorsing the principles of universal, timely, equal free and fair access to effective medicines and technologies, treatment methods and prevention of dangerous diseases, elimination of unfair barriers to such access. The Minister added that Turkmenistan unconditionally supported the key leadership role of the World Health Organization underlined in the resolution in the preparation and coordination of the global response to the pandemic.
Speaking at the briefing N.Gherman, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, E.Panova, Permanent Coordinator of the UN in Turkmenistan, D.Alonso, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan, N.Drozd, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashkhabad, P.Karwowska, the Head of the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan especially underlined those measures taken by the Government of Turkmenistan in the field of public health and the fight against the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19, which were extensively set out in a letter from the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the WHO Director-General Tedros Gebreyesus, which, as a separate information material was distributed as an official document of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in all the working languages of this organization.
During the briefing, its participants also familiarized themselves with the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for an Acute Infectious Disease, which was developed jointly with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in our country and which is based on two resolutions of the UN General Assembly - the Global Strategic Preparedness Plan and Response (MTEF) and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic Humanitarian Response Plan, which builds on Turkmenistan’s best practices in healthcare. This document was adopted today at the last meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.
During the briefing, it was also announced that Turkmenistan, as a responsible participant in the international community, from the first days of the threat of COVID-19, has established close working contacts with the United Nations, its specialized bodies and agencies, primarily with the World Health Organization, and also with great respect for the experience of other countries that have already created a solid base in the fight against this threat.
The issues of improving the material and technical base, and the active work of Turkmenistan in this direction at the national level to create additional quarantine centers, including specific steps to enhance and strengthen the base of existing quarantine centers, were emphasized.
A separate topic of speeches at the briefing was the development of new forms of international scientific cooperation in the field of medicine, the exchange of achievements of medical science. In this context, the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan on the creation of the Council of Medical Scientists was announced, specific ways of implementation, which were voiced by the delegation of our country during the World Health Assembly and the meeting of Ministers of health of the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, held online several days ago.
At the end of the briefing participants also exchanged views in the “question-answer” format.
MEETING IN THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UN AND ITS STRUCTURAL AGENCIES WORKING IN THE COUNTRYMonday, 27 April 2020 20:09
On April 27, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov held a meeting with the representatives of the United Nations and its structural agencies working in Turkmenistan.
The meeting was focused on the main topic of the recent telephone conversation between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.
As the chief of the external political agency has mentioned, the President of Turkmenistan and the UN Secretary-General reiterated the high level of cooperation, as well as discussed the urgent matters of the international agenda, particularly the social and economic situation in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this regard, the parties considered the opportunities for the perfection of collaboration by strengthening joint efforts. Thus, the Turkmen side is ready to present its experience and possibilities for the resolution of problems and is designing a National plan under the auspices of the UN.
Based on the aforesaid, Minister underlined the need to intensify cooperation with all the UN structures functioning in Turkmenistan for the implementation of the goals voiced by the Head of State that are aimed at overall wellbeing.
The representatives of international organizations highly appraised the actions of the Government of Turkmenistan, as well as the openness of the country and its commitment to establish the international mechanisms in the field of healthcare, food security, and transport. It was stated that the given telephone conversation serves as a vivid proof of friendship, trust and mutual understanding between Turkmenistan and the UN.
It was emphasized that Turkmenistan, being an active member of the UN intends to cooperate further with its international partners for the search of effective resolutions and approaches to the challenges and threats of modern times.
Telephone conversation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of RussiaTuesday, 03 September 2019 11:40
A telephone conversation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.O.Meredov with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V.Lavrov was held on the 29th of August, during which the issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed.
The parties highly appraised the outcomes of the First Caspian Economic Forum which was held in Turkmenbashy city on August11-12 of the current year.
Also, the heads of external policy agencies of the two countries exchanged views on the preparation to the meeting of the Council of the Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States to be held on October 11 in Ashgabat.