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 March 3-4, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will hold an official visit to Georgia. An official welcoming ceremony will be held at the Government Administration. Head of Georgian Government Giorgi Gakharia will host his Armenian counterpart. A face-to-face meeting between the Prime Minister of Georgia and Armenia will be held along with an enhanced format meeting, followed by Giorgi Gakharia and Nikol Pashinyan making statements for the press.
During his official visit, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia will hold meetings with Georgian president Salome Zourabichvili and Chairman of Parliament Archil Talakvadze.
Nikol Pashinyan, together with the Armenian delegation, will visit Heroes Square to pay homage to the memory of the heroes fallen for Georgia's unity.
The official visit of the Armenian governmental delegation to Georgia will conclude on March 4.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Strasbourg, 20 February 2020 – The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Anders Knape, will pay an official visit to Georgia from 22 to 25 February 2020, organised in the framework of the Georgian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Accompanied by Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer, the president will hold meetings with senior representatives of national and local Georgian institutions and authorities. The talks will focus, among other things, on the decentralisation strategy that the Georgian government has just adopted in response, in particular, to the recommendations made by the Congress following its monitoring visit in 2018. Other topics of discussion will be the priorities of the Georgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Congress's co-operation with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG) and the Congress's co-operation programmes in the country.
In Tbilisi, Anders Knape will meet with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Lasha Darsalia and the Vice-premier and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Mrs Maya Tskitishvili. He will also hold meetings with the Deputy Chairman of Parliament, Mr Kakhaber Kuchava, the Mayor of Tbilisi and the head of the Georgian Delegation to the Congress and President of NALAG, Mr Kakha Kaladze, and the Public Defender, Ms Lomjaria Nino.
Meetings are also scheduled in Gori with the Mayor, Mr Konstantin Tavzarashvili, and the Governor of Shida Kartli region, Mr Giorgi Khojevanishvili.
Meetings with the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr Irakli Kobakhidze, and with the members of the Georgian delegation to the Congress will complete the visit.
The Congress comprises two chambers: the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Chamber of Regions. It has 324 full and 324 substitute members, who represent more than 150,000 European local and regional authorities.
President of the Congress: Anders Knape (Sweden, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities: Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC/G/PD), President of the Chamber of Regions: Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE).
Political groups: Group of Socialists, Greens and Progressive Democrats (SOC/G/PD), Group of the European Peoples Party (EPP/CCE), Independent Liberal and Democratic Group (ILDG), European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)
President of Turkmenistan arrives in Tashkent on an official visit
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in the Republic of Uzbekistan on a two-day state visit. In honour of the distinguished guest, the Guard of Honour formed up in Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport, decorated with the flags of the two states.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov and other high-ranking officials greeted the Turkmen leader in the air harbor. From the airport, the Turkmen leader’s cortege headed to the Kuksaroy State Residence, where the top-level bilateral talks will take place.
The Turkmen leader’s visit to Uzbekistan testifies to the progressive development of the interstate relations based on the ties of friendship and good neighbourliness, the principles of equal mutually beneficial cooperation. The regular character of top-level visits and talks, as well as systematic relations between the foreign-policy agencies of the two countries vividly demonstrate the commitment of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the full-scale partnership.
Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Hold One-on-One Talks
The official welcome ceremony was held for the Turkmen leader at Kuksaroy State Residence in Tashkent.
Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev were photographed against the state flags of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Then the heads of state inspected the Guard of Honor at the square in front of the residence, and introduced to each other the members of the Government delegations of the two countries. Heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the Republic of Uzbekistan were also introduced to the Turkmen leader.
Then the Presidents of the two countries proceeded to the Kuksaroy State Residence where they held Turkmen-Uzbek one-on-one high-level talks.
The dialog between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan builds on the strong potential for cooperation, long-standing good-neighborly relations, historical and cultural ties. The sides remain committed to further strengthen the constructive interstate political dialog, scale up the mutually beneficial commercial and economic partnership and deepen fruitful humanitarian and cultural contacts.
The current talks will continue in expanded format involving members of official delegations of the two countries, and will be followed by signing of a considerable package of bilateral documents.
Priorities of interstate cooperation are discussed at Turkmen – Uzbek high-level talks
Turkmen – Uzbek high-level extended talks with the participation of official delegations of two countries have started in Kuksaroy Residence, Tashkent. Prior the talks, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyeyev had one-on-one meeting.
Current visit of Turkmen leader to Uzbekistan is considered as a milestone event in the relations between two countries. Its main objective is to activate bilateral cooperation, to define the ways of interstate cooperation in Central Asian region and in international arena in general taking into account new realities and tendencies of development.
At present, the relations between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are under good development. Owing to the efforts of the sites, specific and actual measures on consolidation of the relations in foreign policy have been taken recently; new mechanisms of trade and economic partnership have started working while humanitarian contacts are expanded. The level of bilateral relations, their trustful character, sincerity and transparency allow constructive discussion of all appearing issues and finding of mutually accepted solutions.
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are allies and accountable partners in formation of the approaches to current issues of regional and global development.
The Agreement on Cooperation between the Governments and departments of two countries is planned to be signed by the outcomes of the talks.
After, the heads of the state will speak to the press.
The Presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will also take part in the opening ceremony of Ashgabat Park in Tashkent.
On August 30, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold an official visit to Turkmenistan where the Head of Georgian Government will meet with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Chair of the Mejlis Assembly Akja Nuberdiyeva.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to pay homage to the memory of the first President of Turkmenistan by laying a wreath at his memorial and to visit Olympic Village.
Led by the Prime Minister, the Georgian delegation includes First Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia, Energy Minister Ilia Eloshvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Zurab Alavidze, Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalaghania, and the Prime Minister's Foreign and Energy Advisers Tedo Japaridze and Gogi Vashakmadze, respectively.
United Nations human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović will visit Georgia from 15 to 19 February 2016 to assess the situation of violence against women and girls in the country and gather first-hand information from victims of violence.
“I am grateful to the Government of Georgia for the invitation to conduct the first official visit to the country by a UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences,” Ms. Šimonović said.
“Violence against women continues to be one of the most pervasive human rights violations globally, affecting every woman worldwide”, she stressed. “States have a primary responsibility to take effective action to eliminate violence against women, so it is ultimately up to State authorities to make its eradication a reality.”
During her five-day visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with Government authorities, civil society representatives and other stakeholders in Tbilisi, as well as Kakheti and Shida Qartli regions.
The expert will also visit a shelter for victims of domestic violence, a camp for internally displaced persons and she will meet with individual victims of gender-based violence and minority women. “I hope that as a result of my interactions with government and civil society representatives, I will contribute to the current discussions and efforts in the fight against such violence in the country”, she said.
The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on the initial findings of her visit on Friday 19 February at 17:00 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel (4 Freedom Square, Tbilisi). Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.
Based on the information obtained during the visit, Ms. Šimonović will present a report with final findings and recommendations during the thirty-second session of Human Rights Council, in June 2016.
Ms.Dubravka Šimonović (Croatia) was appointed as Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2015, to recommend measures, ways and means, at the national, regional and international levels, to eliminate violence against women and its causes, and to remedy its consequences. Ms. Šimonović has been member of the CEDAW Committee from 2002 to 2014. She headed the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and was the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the UN in New York. She was also Ambassador to the OSCE and UN in Vienna. She co-chaired the Ad hoc Committee (CAHVIO) of the Council of Europe that elaborated the Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).She has a PhD in Family Law and published books and articles on human rights and women’s rights. Learn more, log on to: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Women/SRWomen/Pages/SRWomenIndex.aspx
The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
UN Human Rights, Country Page – Georgia: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/ENACARegion/Pages/GEIndex.aspx