The official ceremony of greeting President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took place in the Istana Palace.
President of Singapore, Mrs. Halimah Yacob cordially greeted the distinguished guest on the square at the main entrance. The leaders of the two countries exchanged the mutual greetings.
The commander of the Guard of Honour reported to the leaders of the two states and the national anthems of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Singapore were sounded.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Halimah Yacob bypassed the Guard of Honour, paying tribute to the State Flag of the Republic of Singapore.
The heads of two states proceeded to the Istana Palace, where in the lobby, the Turkmen leader left a memorable entry in the Book of the Guests of Honour.
The members of the official delegation of Singapore were introduced to the President of Turkmenistan, and the members of the government delegation of Turkmenistan were introduced to the President of the Republic of Singapore.
After the traditional ceremony of photographing, the leaders of the two countries headed to the Conference Hall, where the meeting of the government delegations of Turkmenistan and Singapore, led by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Halimah Yacob, took place.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan and Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation reaffirm the willingness to develop partnershipWednesday, 14 August 2019 20:24
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a meeting with Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, who arrived in our country, heading the RF representative delegation to participate in the First Caspian Economic Forum in the Avaza National tourism zone.
Cordially welcoming the distinguished guest, the President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that the current working visit to Turkmenistan of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation would contribute to enhancing the interstate dialogue, and would determine further ways for cooperation.
Expressing gratitude for the cordial welcome and warm wishes, the guest conveyed greetings from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Noting that this meeting is a good opportunity to discuss the priority tasks of cooperation, Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the Turkmen leader on the organization of such a significant forum, which brought together the representatives of the littoral states as well as other countries.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed best wishes to President Vladimir Putin and emphasized that Turkmenistan highly appreciated the Russian Federation’s support for the international initiatives put forward by Turkmenistan, including the proposal to hold the First Caspian Economic Forum.
Taking this opportunity, Dmitry Medvedev expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the personal assistance rendered to the development of interstate cooperation, which has reached a qualitatively new level in recent years. Particular emphasis was placed on the positive dynamics of relations at the regional level.
Expressing satisfaction with the significant success in implementing the existing agreements, the Turkmen leader and the head of the Government of the Russian Federation confirmed their willingness to build up fruitful cooperation, identifying new directions and opportunities.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest underlined the efficiency of the meetings with the representatives of the competent authorities for the economy and transport of the Caspian littoral states, including Turkmenistan and Russia, as well as the first meeting of the Turkmen-Astrakhan Council on Entrepreneurship.
Particular attention during the meeting was paid to the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation. Expressing satisfaction with the progressive character of trade and economic relations that is expressed in the positive dynamics of the trade turnover, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation focused on the existing potential for building up cooperation in this direction.
In this context, it was emphasized that the active work of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Russian Commission, national business councils established under the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan and Russia, all interested ministries and departments, and enterprises of the both countries contributed to the expansion of mutual import-export operations and the geography of inter-regional contacts.
The fuel and energy complex, shipbuilding, car industry, sea shipping in the Caspian Sea, agriculture, including the supply of food products to the Russian market were specified among the priority vectors of cooperation.
It was also underlined that interstate relations successfully developed in the humanitarian sphere. Scientists, specialists of the sphere of education and culture take an active part in the international conferences, exhibitions, art festivals and meetings held regularly in the two countries.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev underlined the importance of widening efficient relations in the humanitarian sphere.
Discussing the issues on the international agenda, the Turkmen leader and the distinguished guest paid attention to the global security of energy supplies, optimization of transport flows in Eurasia and environmental problems.
In conclusion of the meeting, which was held in the atmosphere of trust, the head of the Turkmen state and the Prime Minister of Russia expressed confidence in the progressive development of the interstate dialogue and reaffirmed the mutual interest in building a multi-aspect partnership.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Today, the Prime Minister of Georgia met with the President of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA).
Nicholas Rémillard thanked Mamuka Bakhtadze for participating in the forum and emphasized that the Prime Minister's speech will be an important message to businesspersons interested in investing in Georgia.
During the meting, the Head of Government described Georgia's investment environment, the country's leading positions in reputable international rankings, and steps to be taken toward an ecosystem for technology and innovation.
The Prime Minister of Georgia is taking part in the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal, Canada. Mamuka Bakhtadze will address the opening session and participate in discussions dedicated to Global Economy in Transition.
The Montreal Conference, held annually since 195, brings together political leaders, and representatives of public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society, to discuss key issues of economic globalization. The forum also promotes direct ties between senior officials and leadership of large corporations.
The Montreal Conference will open on June 10 and conclude on June 13.
Prime Minister's Press Office
President Salome Zourabichvili participated in the parliamentary session dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s membership to the Council of Europe.
The President of Georgia adressed the President of PACE, the Prime Minister, and the Chairman of the Parliament:
“I would like to welcome the Chairman of the Parliament and the Prime Minister. Let me greet the President of PACE, the distinguished Members of the Parliament, and our dear guests!
It may have been difficult to imagine for our society, 20 years ago, that Georgia, by joining the Council of Europe, had taken a step that fully determined our country’s European perspective.
By joining the Council of Europe, we opened the first and main door toward Europe, meant to start us anew with a substantially new agenda. By joining this important European institute, our country started its irreversible process – moving toward Europe.
Membership to the Council of Europe became a great opportunity for our country – for a post-Soviet society that gained its independence through unhindered development of democracy; through preserving those values that were persecuted by the Soviet system. The Soviet system trampled on those values on which our identity was standing and on which our identity depended.
By signing the European Convention on Human Rights, we affirmed that we are devoted to these values and by doing this, we returned back to our natural environment. It is a remarkable fact that Zurab Zhvania’s star was recently inaugurated in Strasbourg in front of the Council of Europe.
His historic words – “I am Georgian, therefore I am European” – remain modern even today. This must be our main symbol as any European contemporary and democratic state stands on free and protected people at first. European states depend on democratic constitutions, rule of law, freedom of speech, equality. Fully sharing these principles is the only right path.
The new constitution, enacted a few month ago, clearly illustrates our aspiration for the development of democracy. Together with the enumerated fundamental rights and freedoms, the new constitution foresees a whole range of new rights, including social, economic, and environmental rights. By doing this, we outlined the path for our future progress. Raising these rights on the constitutional level demonstrates the strong will of our people to make a step forward in overcoming the current world’s challenges.
We all are aware that there is a long way from the reflection of these rights in the constitution to their practical implementation and we should not spare our efforts. However, the paramount fact is that this constitution illustrates the attitude of whole society.
It is the united position of both the people and the government. The main challenge for our country is the grave humanitarian situation and the violation of human rights in our occupied territories. At first, it touches upon the right to life (the recent death of Irakli Kvaratskhelia); it touches upon the native language, both, I ought to emphasize, state languages; freedom of movement; freedom of expression; protection of religious monuments. These facts have a systematic character.
Now, while we celebrate Easter, it is especially painful for our citizens that they could not visit the graves of their family members and relatives. The report presented by the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, in which he pays attention to the importance of so-called “Dark Zones”, is extremely important.
Together with our European partners, we express our readiness to start active work in this regard within the frames of protected norms. Also, systemic kidnappings happening along the occupation line must be noted.
We need the strong support of our partners to avoid these gross violations of human rights. It is significantly important that Georgia will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for a six-month term that illustrates this great confidence and recognition. This carries a high responsibility and Georgia is ready to take this responsibility. I believe that with this status we will further successfully accomplish our goal – Georgia toward Europe!’ said the President of Georgia.
On the 1st of May 2019, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has sent a congratulatory letter to the newly elected President of Ukraine Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zelenskiy on his election to the high state post.
“On behalf of the European Union, we would like to congratulate you on your election as President of Ukraine,” said President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in a joint statement on 22 April.
“Allow us to express our appreciation for the strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law that the people of Ukraine have demonstrated throughout the electoral process,” they added. “This is a major achievement in the complex political, economic and security environment, against the backdrop of continuous challenges to Ukraine's territorial integrity.”
President Tusk and President Juncker said that significant progress has been made in the five years since Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity. They added that “much remains to be accomplished to fully realise the peaceful, democratic and prosperous Ukraine that its citizens have called for”.
“As President of Ukraine, you can count on the EU's strong support to Ukraine's reform path, including consolidating the rule of law, fighting corruption, maintaining macro-financial stability and pursuing the essential reform of the energy sector,” highlighted Tusk and Juncker. “We strongly believe the further implementation by the EU and Ukraine of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, can be a crucial instrument in this respect. You can also count on the EU's continued and steadfast support of Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”
“We wish to extend to you our most sincere wishes for a successful term as President and look forward to meeting you at the earliest mutually agreed date,” concluded the statement.
Speaking for the press after the talks and signing of the package of Turkmen – Korean documents, President Moon Jae-in expressed the gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for cordial welcome.
- This is my first visit to Central Asia after my appointment to the post of the President and I think it is very important that Turkmenistan is the first country in the rank of planned visit, - the Head of the Republic of Korea said.
Turkmenistan has reached high level of social and economic development and made big contribution to the achievement of peace and prosperity in the region for the years of independence, Moon Jae-in highlighted, having expressed the respect to the fortitude and commitment of Turkmen people.
- First of all, we have common vision of the perspectives of prosperity of Eurasian continent. For achievement of these goals, Korea promotes new northern policy and Turkmen side expressed the support to this strategy today. I highly appreciate the efforts of Turkmenistan for making of the country as transit and transport hub of regional and continental significance. We agreed to consolidate the efforts for promotion of integration processes in Eurasia, - Moon Jae-in noted.
Speaking of priorities of bilateral cooperation, the President of the Republic of Korea outlined the sphere of culture and education.
- We have come to single opinion about the expansion of the programme of study of Korean language and opening of Sijo School in Turkmenistan as well as have agreed to expand the opportunity for Turkmen student to have practical training in our country. I hope for activation of the contacts in cultural, art, tourism, educational and sport spheres for the nations of two countries would be able to know and understand better each other, - Moon Jae-in noted.
The President of the Republic of Korea also said that construction of big petrochemical complex has been completed last year in Kiyanly, Balkan Velayat and this is the evidence that Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea are efficient partners, high-ranking guest said, having expressed the hope that Korean companies would participate in the projects in fuel and energy sector promoted by the Government of Turkmenistan more actively.
- Today, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that great importance would be given to the cooperation with Korean companies. This is great support for us. Actively using existing potential, we would continue the cooperation and implementation of the projects, which would be the second and third Kiyanly, - the President of the Republic of Korea said.
The sides agreed to consolidate the efforts in training of personnel in industrial, fuel and energy spheres under support of Korean Plant Industry Association and Korean Institute of Industrial Technologies. Our country will train highly qualified engineers, exchange the information improving economic competiveness by this.
The agreement in activation of the partnership in health protection and digital technologies spheres has also been reached. It is directly related to the wealth and health of the citizens. In this context, Moon Jae-in highlighted the importance of the project of development of the system of electronic health protection including distant medicine.
- The Republic of Korea was the first in the world to start the commercialization of 5G technologies. The country takes leading positions in development of information and communication technologies. Based on the Memorandum of Understanding for Information and Communication Technologies, our country would be able to take part the expansion of digital infrastructure of Turkmenistan, - Moon Jae-in said
The Leader of friendly country has also stated with delight the similarity of the approaches to the solution of ecological problems and expressed the gratitude to Turkmenistan for the decision to become a members of the Global Institute of Green Growth. I hope that cooperation in ecological sphere including the problem of Aral Sea would be the contribution to stability and prosperity of Central Asia.
The Heads of two countries have also agreed on cooperation in the subjects of achievement of peace and prosperity of Korean Peninsula.
- President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the support to the Government of the Republic of Korea for denuclearization of Korean Peninsula and establishment of peace. Turkmenistan support is very important for us, - President Moon Jae-in said, having expressed the gratitude to Turkmen leader.
The President of the Republic of Korea has also expressed the respect to the efforts of Turkmenistan for establishment of peace in the region, stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan. Using the platform of the forum “The Republic of Korea – Central Asia”, we would be able to bring the positions closer and to activate the cooperation, - President Moon Jae-in said.
- I am confident that today’s meeting would give an important impulse to interstate cooperation and rapprochement of people of our countries, the Head of the Republic of Korea highlighted in the end.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan and President of the Republic of Korea familiarize with polyethylene and polypropylene products
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in visited the largest in the region gas chemical complex in Kiyanly, built with the participation of large Korean companies - LG and Hyundai.
Getting acquainted with the technological capacities of the enterprise, the leaders of the two countries evaluated the range and quality of products manufactured at the polymer plant.
As is known, the demand for polypropylene and polyethylene grows all around the world due to their unique properties - lightness, durability, environmental friendliness, resistance to high temperatures. Thanks to the development of innovative technologies, their applications widely expands.
That is vividly proved by the exhibition of samples of the products manufactured at the gas chemical complex in Kiyanly, which showcased the technological possibilities of production and the prospects for its development.
The President of Turkmenistan and the President of the Republic of Korea examined the product samples. Among them are pipe products of a wide profile, packaging materials and containers, films of various thickness, synthetic yarn for manufactured carpets and floor coverings, household accessories, furniture, children's toys, etc.
The polypropylene yarn carpets made in the national ornamental style attracted the special attention of President Moon Jae-in. The Head of the Republic of Korea expressed admiration with the quality and design of manufactured carpets.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The official welcoming ceremony of President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, who arrived in Turkmenistan on the state visit, took place in Ashgabat.
In the morning, the cortege of the distinguished guest, accompanied by the motorcycle escort of honour, headed to the Square of Independence. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov cordially welcomed the President of Korea and the leaders of the two states headed to the podium.
The commander of the Guard of Honour reported to the President of Turkmenistan and the State anthems of the two countries were performed. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of Korea Moon Jae-in walked past the Guard of Honour.
The members of the official delegation of Turkmenistan as well as the leaders of the diplomatic corps accredited in our country were introduced to the President of Korea. In turn, President Moon Jae-in introduced the members of the government delegation of his country to the President of Turkmenistan.
The motor cortege of the leaders of Turkmenistan and Korea headed to the Oguzhan Presidential Palace Complex.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The President of Georgia Attends the Religious Service Concerning Restoration of Georgia’s Orthodox Church Autocephaly
President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili, together with members of the Georgian government, attended the service conducted by Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II in remembrance of the restoration of the Georgian Orthodox Church’s autocephaly.
The President of Georgia congratulated the Georgian people on the restoration of the autocephaly of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, noting that the restoration preceded Georgia’s Declaration of Independence and that without such an important decision, we may have never earned our national independence.
“Our country was always as influential as its church. Our state was powerful when the Church was powerful. Therefore, this is a very historic day and I would like to congratulate all of you,” said the President of Georgia.
The Orthodox Church of Georgia regained its autocephaly on 25 March 1917.