On June 6, 2022, a telephone conversation took place between the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.Lavrov.
During the talks, the parties exchanged views on a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation. In particular, the preparations for the high-level bilateral meetings were discussed.
The heads of the foreign policy offices of two countries also discussed issues related to the preparations for the Sixth Caspian Summit which will be held this year in Turkmenistan.
Today, on the 25th of May, a telephone conversation was held between the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.O.Meredov and the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan M.B.Tileuberdi.
During the talk, the parties discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, particularly the collaboration between the external policy agencies of two countries.
At that, the main topic of discussion was the implementation of the instructions given by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the outcomes of their telephone conversations, which took place in April and May of current year.
The Ministers discussed the issues related to the upcoming visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan in the second half of 2021.
The parties thoroughly considered the preparations to the VI Caspian Summit planned to be held in Turkmenistan in the autumn of current year.
In addition, the Ministers underlined with satisfaction the intensification of trade-economic ties between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as agreed to continue the necessary work for their further strengthening.
ОТМЕЧЕН ВЫСОКИЙ УРОВЕНЬ МЕЖГОСУДАРСТВЕННЫХ СВЯЗЕЙ МЕЖДУ ТУРКМЕНИСТАНОМ И РЕСПУБЛИКОЙ КАЗАХСТАН
Сегодня, 25 мая состоялся телефонный разговор Заместителя Председателя Кабинета Министров Туркменистана, Министра иностранных дел Р.О.Мередова с Заместителем Премьер-Министра, Министром иностранных дел Республики Казахстан М.Б.Тлеуберди.
В ходе разговора стороны обсудили широкий круг вопросов двустороннего сотрудничества, в частности взаимодействие между внешнеполитическими ведомствами двух стран.
При этом основной темой обсуждения была реализация поручений, данных Президентом Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедовым и Президентом Республики Казахстан Касым-Жомартом Токаевым по итогам телефонных разговоров глав государств, состоявшихся в апреле и мае текущего года.
Министры обсудили вопросы, связанные с предстоящим визитом Президента Республики Казахстан в Туркменистан во втором полугодии 2021 года.
Стороны детально рассмотрели ход подготовки к VI Каспийскому Саммиту, запланированному к проведению в Туркменистане осенью нынешнего года.
Также министры с удовлетворением подчеркнули активизацию торгово-экономических связей между Туркменистаном и Республикой Казахстан, и договорились продолжать соответствующую работу для их дальнейшего укрепления.
At the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in the format of a videoconference, joint actions to uphold the values of democracy, the rule of law and individual freedom were discussed.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan made a special emphasis on the humanitarian dimension of activities within the OSCE, advocating the creation of a more democratic and peaceful Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region.
Stressing the importance of the conscientious fulfillment of the OSCE commitments, Minister Meredov highly appreciated the cooperation between Turkmenistan and the OSCE in the field of human rights and freedoms. Over the past years, a large number of joint projects and programs have been implemented.
Within the framework of the current OSCE Ministerial Council, the Turkmen side proposed to consider the possibility of developing a long-term OSCE Platform for Action in the humanitarian dimension.
At the meeting, it was noted that Turkmenistan intends to continue to make every effort to establish the principles of international law, the ideals of humanism, mutual respect as key factors determining modern relations between states.
During his speech at the 13th Central Asia-Korea Cooperation Forum in an online format, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan outlined the position of Turkmenistan on environmental issues.
As is known, environmental safety is one of the key vectors of interaction within the framework of the Central Asia-Korea Cooperation Forum.
Turkmenistan considers environmental protection as one of the most important directions of the state policy of Turkmenistan. This is manifested in the adopted national plans and programs, as well as in regional and international initiatives of the Government of Turkmenistan. In particular, the National Strategy on Climate Change and the National Forest Program which are consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement, are highlighted.
The interaction with the Korean side on the implementation of environmental projects, including cooperation in the field of forestry and air quality monitoring in Turkmenistan was announced.
R. Meredov recalled that one of the most serious environmental problems in Central Asia is the drying up of the Aral Sea, which is gradually acquiring a global character and has an extremely negative effect on human health. Turkmenistan calls for the development of cooperation in this area.
Turkmenistan stands for multi-vector cooperation with the participation of the Commonwealth of Independent StatesFriday, 06 November 2020 18:40
Today, on the 6th of November 2020, the meeting of the Council of the Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held through videoconferencing.
During the session, the parties discussed a wide spectrum of issues of mutual interest. The political, economic, cultural-humanitarian aspects of joint activities were considered. The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov vividly expressed the strategic vision of collaboration of Turkmenistan within the Commonwealth of Independent States as an associated member.
In this regard, it was underlined that Turkmenistan stands for multi-vector cooperation and calls for the unification of efforts for the attainment of concrete results in the social sphere, on the regional economic integration and expansion of transport-transit corridors on the North-South and the East-West directions, as well as for advancement of intercultural dialogue. The importance of the events planned for next year was noted. The year 2021 was declared as the Year of Architecture and Urban Development in the CIS upon the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan.
It was also underlined that Turkmenistan completely supports the measures on the mitigation of the negative socio-economic impacts of the global pandemic. In this regard, the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan on the establishment of effective mechanisms for joint counteraction to the spread of acute infectious diseases were highlighted. The importance of accelerating the overall cooperation was stressed, especially in the post-pandemic period.
At the current session of the Council of the Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the adherence of Turkmenistan to the partnership on interregional and border cooperation was reiterated. “Turkmenistan stands as a firm advocate of strengthening and widening this segment of partnership,” stated the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov.
The key vectors of cooperation for the coming period were reflected in the relevant documents signed upon the results of the session.
At today’s meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States which was held through videoconferencing, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov gave a speech.
During his address, the Vice-premier noted that Turkmenistan stands for the strengthening of economic cooperation on the CIS space with the involvement of adjoining regions. In this regard, he underlined the importance of the Strategy of Economic Cooperation of the Commonwealth up to 2030, the content of which is to a large extent based on the approaches and principles embedded in the Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation of CIS member states developed upon the initiative of Turkmenistan and adopted at the meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Ashgabat in October 2019.
It was stressed that the leadership of Turkmenistan stands for active collaboration on the formation and implementation of joint projects in such priority spheres as trade, industry, fuel and energy complex, electric-power industry, transport and communications. R.Meredov added that such projects should not be limited to the CIS space and “must also be focused on the adjacent regions, thus ensuring stable positions on the Eurasian economic and investment space for the long-term.”
Special accent was made on resolving the transport issues. R.Meredov reminded that the President of Turkmenistan is the initiator of a number of important initiatives on the establishment of transport and logistics hubs in the region of Central Asia and Caspian basin. Turkmenistan actively works on the development of multimodal transport-transit corridors which is expected to have a favorable effect on the reestablishment of trade-economic ties on the regional and international level, in particular in the post-pandemic period.
The interest of the Turkmen side in the development of cooperation in such spheres as the agro industrial complex, mechanical engineering, oil and gas processing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, as well as the services sector was expressed. In this regard, the significance of the joint work in 2021 was underlined. The year 2021 was declared as the Year of Architecture and Urban Development in the CIS upon the proposal of the President of Turkmenistan.
On November 6, 2020, a meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in the format of a video conference.
The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ali Idayat oglu Asadov, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia M.Grigoryan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus R. Golovchenko, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mamin, the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Zhaparov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova I.Chicu, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation M. Mishustin, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan K. Rasulzoda, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Aripov, and Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of CIS S. Lebedev.
The participants of the meeting noted the importance and timeliness of this meeting, and also emphasized the effectiveness of the chairmanship of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the CIS this year.
At the beginning of the meeting, the parties discussed the implementation of the previously reached agreements, as well as considered a wide range of issues of a political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian nature. Cooperation to prevent the spread of the new type of coronavirus, practical cooperation in the field of healthcare, as well as overcoming the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic were considered separately.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov confirmed Turkmenistan's commitment to cooperation within the CIS, in particular on the implementation of the Strategy for Economic Development of the Commonwealth for the period up to 2030.
Special emphasis was placed on the development of multilateral transport links, the promotion of sustainable transport and transit corridors along the North-South and East-West lines. The interest of the Turkmen side was also expressed in the development of cooperation in such areas as the agro-industrial complex, mechanical engineering, oil and gas processing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and the service sector.
The initiative of the President of Turkmenistan to declare 2021 - the Year of Architecture and Urban Development in the CIS was also highlighted. Thus, in May of this year, at a meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth, the Turkmen side signed a Decision on the relevant Action Plan. In this context, the participants of the meeting were informed about the activities planned to be held in Turkmenistan in the field of architecture and urban planning next year.
During the meeting, key vectors of cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian line were discussed, including joint projects in the field of science, culture and sports.
According to the results of the meeting, the participants made joint decisions, namely “On the Action Plan for the implementation of the first stage (2021-2025) of the Strategy for the Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the period up to 2030”, “On the Concept of Interregional and Border Cooperation of the CIS member states in period until 2030 and the Action Plan for its implementation”, and “On the Plan of Priority Actions in the Field of Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States for 2021–2022”.
THE THIRD MEETING OF THE HEADS OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS AGENCIES OF THE CENTRAL ASIAN STATES AND THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WAS HELDFriday, 16 October 2020 16:33
Today, on October 15, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov took part in the third meeting of Foreign Ministers in the “Central Asia + Russia” format.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan M. Tleuberdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic R. Kazakbayev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan S. Mukhriddin, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Kamilov.
During the meeting, the Ministers noted the high level of interstate dialogue between the countries of Central Asia and the Russian Federation, which are linked by bonds of friendship, solidarity and mutual respect. The parties discussed a number of topical issues of cooperation in the political and diplomatic line, as well as in the trade-economic, and cultural-humanitarian fields.
Particular attention was paid to the issues of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the exchange of views on the creation of anti-crisis plans and programs on overcoming the socio-economic consequences on the countries of the region.
Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov announced the measures taken in the country to counter the pandemic threat and stressed the importance of strengthening regional and international cooperation in this direction. “According to the initiatives voiced by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during his video address to the participants of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, it is necessary to use the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy and consolidate the efforts of the relevant state departments, primarily through the ministries of health and sanitary and epidemiological services,” the Minister said.
The parties discussed in detail the current situation and prospects of interaction in the field of regional security, taking into account the development of the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In this regard, it was noted that Turkmenistan stands for stabilizing the situation in this country, creating conditions for achieving national agreement through peaceful dialogue and providing the people of Afghanistan with economic and humanitarian assistance. The parties exchanged views on expanding the range of cooperation to counter common threats and challenges. In this context, the need to expand partnership within the framework of regional and international structures, taking into account universally recognized norms and principles, was noted.
The Ministers considered the possibilities of expanding a fair and mutually beneficial partnership in the Eurasian space, including the development of trade and economic ties and investment cooperation. Prospects for the implementation of key initiatives of the Central Asian states, the Russian Federation and the Asian-Pacific region’s countries in the transit and logistics sphere were discussed, which is expected to strengthen trade and economic relations, ensure favorable tariff conditions, and increase competitiveness in the post-pandemic period.
The parties also discussed the possibilities of expanding cooperation in the cultural-humanitarian sphere. They noted the acceptability of developing ties in the field of education, science and culture. In this context, the parties stressed the importance of the "Soul of Eurasia" initiative aimed at developing cultural dialogue between the countries.
In conclusion, noting the commitment to interaction in this format, the Ministers adopted the Statement on the strategic directions of cooperation.
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.