The conversation focused on the ongoing European security talks between Russia and NATO allies.
According to the NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Russian Federation’s proposals regarding the so-called "security guarantees" contain provisions that contradict the fundamental principles and values of NATO and any attempt of the third country to interfere in the foreign and security policy of the sovereign states is inadmissible.
The sides agreed to continue active consultations through diplomatic channels and to coordinate their positions on the abovesaid issues.
On January 11, an extraordinary online meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Turkic States was held with the participation of Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
R.Meredov, speaking at the meeting, noted the importance of the Summit of the Organization of Turkic States, held in Istanbul on November 12, 2021.
In this regard, it was noted that President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, in his speech at the Summit, emphasized: “The people of our countries are united by common values of long-term historical roots aimed at ensuring peace, stability and mutual understanding”.
The minister said that based on this fundamental approach, Turkmenistan will continue to work closely with all member states of the Organization to maintain lasting peace and security, which guarantees economic, social and humanitarian development in the countries of the region.
Speaking about the events of recent days in Kazakhstan, R.Meredov emphasized that Turkmenistan is interested in the soonest normalization of the situation in this country, in further stable socio-political and socio-economic development of Kazakhstan. He expressed a firm conviction that such qualities as wisdom, foresight, deep respect for the customs and traditions of the ancient Kazakh people will serve as a solid foundation for resolving all issues arising in the constitutional and legal framework and in line with international norms.
Expressing his wishes for peace and prosperity to the Kazakh people, R. Meredov assured that Turkmenistan will make all necessary efforts to achieve this goal.
At the same time, Turkmenistan, as a neutral state recognized by the international community, is ready to provide any support to the people of Kazakhstan in the economic, social and humanitarian spheres.
In this regard, R.Meredov said that Turkmenistan is ready to begin exports of natural gas to the Republic of Kazakhstan, starting in March this year. In addition, it was noted that Turkmenistan is also ready to provide brotherly Kazakhstan with the necessary amount of electricity.
The 44th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the BSEC Member States of held online on 17 December 2021. The meeting was chaired by the Vice-Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the BSEC Chairman-in-Office, David Zalkaliani.
Zalkaliani spoke about the events organized by the country during the Georgian Chairmanship. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also briefed the BSEC member states on Georgia’s strategy to prevent the spread of the virus in Georgia, on the measures taken and the positive results achieved in terms of intensifying economic growth. It was stressed that based on the available data, Georgia forecasts double-digit GDP growth.
The Minister shared his views on the development of the Black Sea region as a bridge connecting Europe and Asia. Zalkaliani also spoke about Georgia’s role of as a transport hub during the Covid-19 pandemic and stressed that the number of cargo shipments during the pandemic increased by 30%, the number of international flights over Georgia – by three times. The Minister also spoke about the developments in the tourism sector and noted that despite the 80 percent fall during the pandemic, tourism returned to the pre-pandemic level thanks to the Georgian government’s active efforts.
The Minister also emphasized the importance of enhancing regional security - an essential precondition for the sustainable and stable economic development of the BSEC countries. At the same time, Zalkaliani stressed the need to resolve conflicts in the region in accordance with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Minister Zalkaliani thanked the Permanent Secretariat of the Organization for its assistance during the Georgian Chairmanship of the BSEC (1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021) and wished the Republic of Moldova success in its forthcoming chairmanship of the organization.
MFA of Georgia
On the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, today in Islamabad, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov held talks with the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Arif Alvi.
At the beginning of the meeting, the head of the Turkmen delegation conveyed greetings from the President of Turkmenistan.
The Minister noted that the talks between the President of Turkmenistan and the President of Pakistan, held in Ashgabat in November this year as part of participation in the 15th Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Cooperation Organization, gave impetus to the further development of mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries.
Next year, Turkmenistan and Pakistan will mark the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. In this context, during the meeting it was emphasized that during this period the interstate relations have been steadily developing in all directions, expanded and enriched with new forms and content. Thanks to the attention and support of the Leaders of Turkmenistan and Pakistan, bilateral cooperation covers the whole range of political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian interaction.
Minister R.Meredov noted that the dialogue between the two countries at the highest political level creates a solid foundation for strengthening and further expanding bilateral relations. The parties are making significant efforts to develop effective Turkmen-Pakistani economic cooperation, the strategic basis of which is a partnership in the energy sector.
In this regard, special emphasis was placed on the need to intensify joint action on the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) transnational gas pipeline project, power transmission and fiber-optic communication lines on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route.
During the talks, the sides also noted with satisfaction the consistent development of Turkmen-Pakistani cooperation in education and science, medicine and healthcare, as well as in the cultural and humanitarian spheres.
On November 29, 2021, in the “Garagum” hotel of Turkmen capital there was organized a briefing dedicated to the results of the 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization.
The briefing was attended by the heads and representatives of diplomatic missions and representation offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of the local media and journalists accredited in Turkmenistan, as well as the representatives of foreign media from various countries.
At the beginning of the event ECO Secretary General presented a special ECO award to the Chief Researcher of the Institute of Language, Literature and National Manuscripts named after Magtymguly of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan Yazklych Orazklychev in the category of “History, Culture, Literature and Fine Arts”.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov opened the event with introductory speech. Then, ECO Secretary General Khusrav Noziri made his remarks. The heads of the diplomatic missions of the ECO member-countries in Turkmenistan made their presentations. In addition, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan, and the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat made their speeches at the briefing.
Turkmenistan being a member of the ECO makes an invaluable contribution in the expansion of the cooperation on the economic field and enhances friendly relations in the framework of the ECO. It was underlined, that Turkmenistan during the period of its chairmanship in the Organization in 2021 carried out active and meaningful work in accordance with the prepared Concept of the chairmanship.
It was noted that within the framework of the Summit the agreement was reached about a significant acceleration of the pace of cooperation in all fields of mutual interest aimed at of transforming the ECO into a dynamic and effective regional economic structure, in which priority attention will be given to the cooperation in transport and energy.
As was mentioned, the agreements and decisions reached during the 15th Summit of the ECO are capable to give powerful innovative and quality impulse to our cooperation, give it consistency and specificity, and create the prerequisites for accelerated integration both in the ECO space and in the context of interregional and continental processes.
THE TALKS BETWEEN THE HEADS OF THE FOREIGN POLICY AGENCIES OF TURKMENISTAN AND AUSTRIA TOOK PLACE IN ASHGABATWednesday, 10 November 2021 11:56
Today, on November 9, a meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with the Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria Michael Linhart who arrived to the Turkmen capital on a working visit took place in the premises of the MFA.
R.Meredov in his welcoming speech said that Turkmenistan is interested in further activation of bilateral and multilateral collaboration with Austria on every field of mutual interest.
In the course of the constructive talk the heads of the foreign policy agencies of the two countries considered the key vectors of bilateral cooperation, as well as exchanged views on actual issues of international agenda. It was noted the significance of mutual support of each other’s initiatives within the framework of authoritative international organizations.
In this context it was highlighted the readiness of Turkmenistan and Austria to build-up fruitful cooperation in the spheres of political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction. The need of further intensification of the contacts in the fields of energy, transport, trade, economics, health protection, education, science and culture with the active participation of state and business structures of the two countries was expressed.
The holding of the regular 11th meeting of Joint Turkmen-Austrian Commission in the first half of 2022 was proposed.
Concerning the theme of regional dialogue on strengthening security and provision of stable growth, the Ministers focused on the need of further consolidation of efforts of international community on peaceful and humanitarian settlement of the Afghan question. The timeliness of the online-meeting on the situation in Afghanistan which took place on the initiative of the Austrian side at the end of August of the current year was highlighted.
Within the framework of the meeting the presentation of investment opportunities in participation of the heads of the MFA of the two countries, the heads of the relevant departments of Turkmenistan and representatives of the business circles of Austria was held.
Following the negotiations R.Meredov and M.Linhart signed Cooperation Program between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria for the years of 2022 and 2023.
The Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani participated in the first "Global Week of Media and Information Literacy" launched by the Communications Commission, based on the UN Resolution of 25 March 2021.
In his speech, the first Georgian diplomat stressed that Georgia is a co-author and main sponsor of the resolution, and that such a resolution was adopted for the first time by the UN General Assembly.
"Being one of the initiators of the resolution, Georgia highlights the importance of combating disinformation and strengthening media literacy, as well as the priority of protecting the media and the freedom of expression," Zalkaliani said.
According to him, the spread of disinformation and misinformation is one of the main challenges facing the world.
"In case of Georgia, the disinformation activities are aimed to disrupt the democratic development of the country, to undermine trust in stateinstitutions and to disrupt Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations "- said the Minister, emphasizing the importance of strengthening media literacy in this regard.
Heads of foreign affairs agencies of Turkmenistan and the FRG discussed the issues of bilateral collaborationTuesday, 14 September 2021 17:52
Today, on September 14, a telephone conversation took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas.
Minister on behalf of the Government of Germany expressed deep gratitude to Turkmenistan for cooperation in the issues of ensuring the flights of aircrafts with the aim of evacuating citizens from Afghanistan. At the same time, it was emphasized that the immediate granting of permission by Turkmenistan to use its airspace has become a decisive factor in the effective evacuation of people.
In the course of the talk, the heads of foreign affairs agencies exchanged views on the issues of bilateral collaboration in political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
In particular, it was noted the close interaction of Turkmenistan and Germany in the process of “Green Central Asia”, as well as bilateral cooperation in the field of education between the governments of the two countries.
The parties also exchanged views on significant issues of international and regional agenda. Mutual readiness for continuation of active dialogue on Afghan issues had been expressed.
The Ministers agreed to continue on a systematic basis regular consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Turkmenistan and Germany with the participation of diplomatic missions.
On the 12th of July 2021, the official two-day visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi to Turkmenistan has started.
In the framework of the visit, bilateral meetings with the leadership pf the country are planned, as well as the successive round of the political consultations between the MFA of two countries.
Thus, on the 12th of July, a meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi.
During the constructive talk, the sides noted the positive dynamics of the development of Turkmen-Chinese relations. The availability of perspectives for the improvement of contacts in the area of biological and informational security, energy, non-resource sectors of economy, as well as in the fields of culture, education, science and healthcare was emphasized.
It was stated that the current visit stands as an important step in the process of further development of Turkmen-Chinese relations in accordance with the strategic vectors of cooperation designated by the heads of state of Turkmenistan and China during their last telephone conversation in May of current year.
Also, the efficiency of the talks held in May of present year in the city of Xi’an was noted, during which a number of important issues of Turkmen-Chinese agenda were touched upon.
An exchange of views on international and regional issues took place. The key issues of cooperation on the international arena were considered, as well as the importance of mutual support of initiatives and undertakings on the multilateral platforms were emphasized. The Ministers especially underlined the necessity of improving the external policy coordination, including on the issues of countering common threats and challenges of present time.
During the session, the necessity of continuing the positive experience of holding the regular bilateral consultative meetings on the current topics of international agenda, ecology and climate change, human rights and others was voiced.
The issues of establishing the Cultural Centers on mutual basis, as well as organizing regular Days of Culture, exhibitions, film festivals and others art forums were considered.
Upon completion of the meeting, Rashid Meredov and Wang Yi signed the Plan of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the People’s Republic of China for 2021-2022.
The heads of external policy agencies underlined that the given document will give systematic character and consistency to the collaboration between Turkmenistan and the PRC.
In accordance with the results of the talks, the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation on Science, Technologies and Innovations” was also signed.
On 7 July 2021, the Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani held a meeting with the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi. Discussing important dimensions of EU-Georgian relations, the sides expressed their commitment to further deepen cooperation.
Particular attention was paid to the EU investment plan for 2022, which determines goals of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020. The sides highly appraised the economic and investment plan envisaging mobilization of assistance for partner countries in their efforts to eliminate negative consequences of the pandemic and achieve economic recovery. The sides also discussed Georgia-initiated flagship initiatives, including those on Black Sea energy, transport and digital connectivity, fully reflecting the priorities of the Georgian government.
Talking points also included expectations for Eastern Partnership Summit scheduled for December 2021, where EaP goals beyond 2021 will be approved and Joint Declaration will be adopted.
The sides also spoke about the need to maintain security and stability in the region and Georgia’s important role in this context. Special attention was paid to the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and the EU’s role in the peaceful resolution of the Russia-Georgia conflict.