PRESIDENTS OF TURKMENISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN TOOK PART IN THE COMMISSIONING OF A NUMBER OF JOINT INFRASTRUCTURESThursday, 14 January 2021 16:44
Today, on the 14th of January 2021, the opening ceremony of 30 km long railway between Aqina and Andkhoy stations and the commissioning of the international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and from Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan), as well as the power transmission line from Turkmen city of Kerki to Afghan city of Sheberghan was held in participation of the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
After announcing the ceremony opened, the moderator of the event asked the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to make a speech. For this, a teleconference was established.
First, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed to the audience. His speech was listened by the participants of the event present in the “Rukhiyet” Palace of the Lebap region. The participants of the ceremony in Afghanistan, as well as in the Mary region observed the event via teleconference.
In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan said that “all three projects that have been completed in short time are united by a common meaning and goal – to give strong impulse and ensure long-term development of our countries, well-being and prosperity of Turkmen and Afghan people, assist expanded international cooperation, mutual understanding, political and social stability.” He also noted that the implementation of given projects was the result of multiyear close and constrictive Turkmen-Afghan cooperation.
Then, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who was watching the ceremony in the Presidential Palace of Kabul addressed the audience. Warmly welcoming the participants, he noted that these events have special meaning for Afghanistan and his people. Speaking about the origins of the given projects, the head of Afghanistan highlighted their importance not only from the perspective of socio-economic reestablishment of the country, but also from the prospect of regional economic integration. The head of Afghanistan expressed gratitude to the leadership of Turkmenistan for fraternal support and care about the close neighbor. He noted that Turkmenistan unites not only the countries of the region, but also of the whole world. The participants of the event listened to the address of the President Ashraf Ghani through a teleconference.
Then, the heads of railway transport, energy and communication sectors of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan made speeches. They told about the outstanding work done on the part of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan for the implementation of current infrastructures and informed about the readiness to the commissioning of railway between Aqina and Andkhoy stations, international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and from Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan), as well as the power transmission line from Turkmen city of Kerki to Afghan city of Sheberghan.
Upon the completion of these speeches, the moderators of the ceremony asked the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to give their blessings for the commissioning of the given facilities.
Thus, the participants of the ceremony saw through a teleconference how the railway carriage consisting of 20 loaded cars left from the Aqina station to Andkhoy city in festive setting.
Besides, the commissioning of the power transmission line from Kerki to Sheberghan took place through the use of special equipment. The participants of the event observed the transmission of electricity through the line that was shown on the screen by a technological imitation model.
Also, the participants of the ceremony watched the video presentation of the commissioning of the international fiber-optic communication system and transit flows from Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) to Aqina (Afghanistan) and Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) to Torghundi (Afghanistan).
Upon the completion of the ceremony, gratitude was expressed to the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for participation in the event.
Today, on December 4, 2020, the opening of a mosque constructed in the township of Akina of the Andkhoy etrap of Faryab province of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan took place as a friendly gesture from the Turkmen side to the Afghan people.
As is known, in accordance with the Resolution of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the construction of a mosque for 500 seats started on November 2018. This decision was taken within the framework of support provided by Turkmenistan to achieve stability and security in Afghanistan, including humanitarian assistance to the brotherly Afghan people.
The opening ceremony was attended by a representative Turkmen delegation headed by the Chief Mufti of the country Y. Khojagulyev, which also included the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H. Ovezov, Consul of Turkmenistan in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif B. Kabaev, imams of Mary and Lebap velayats of the country and representatives of the Turkmen media.
On behalf of the Afghan side, the ceremony was attended by the Minister of Hajj and Islamic Affairs Mohammad Qasim Halimi, khyakim of Jovzjan province Lotfullah Azizi, khyakim of Faryab Nakibullah Faik province, representatives of the above Ministry and the IRA Foreign Ministry branch in Mazar-i-Sharif, representatives of departments and state services of the township of Aqina , as well as numerous Turkmens living in these regions.
The opening of the mosque on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan is especially symbolic. Turkmenistan, being a neutral state, whose status is enshrined in the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly, is doing a tremendous job to promote political and diplomatic, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation in the entire region.
Turkmenistan pays great attention to the stable development of the neighboring country and renders fraternal solidarity and active support in its integration into the peaceful course of development.
Also, today, in honor of the opening of a new spiritual facility for the Afghan people, a humanitarian cargo was sent from Turkmenistan to the Afghan provinces of Jovzjan, Herat and Faryab, consisting of medicines and medical supplies and means, household, textile and food products produced in Turkmenistan.
A representative delegation from Turkmenistan, as well as high-ranking officials of various departments of Afghanistan, took part in the delivery ceremony of humanitarian aid in the township of Turgundi, Herat province.
Telephone conversation of between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamed Al Thani was held yesterday.
During telephone conversation, the President of Turkmenistan and the Emir of Qatar have stated high level of interstate dialog, which is successfully developed owing to mutual goodwill of the sides, having highlighted the presence of wide perspectives for intensification of beneficial cooperation in priority directions.
In this regard, the intent of both countries to strengthen productive trade and economic partnership, to promote close business contacts in various spheres has been confirmed.
Oil and gas sector, transport and communication sphere, chemical and textile industry, trade and investments, which have big opportunities for long-term cooperation and implementation of joint projects, have been outlined among perspective directions of cooperation.
At the same time, it was highlighted that traditional cooperation in humanitarian and cultural field, which is based on similarity of historical roots, spiritual and cultural values of both nations, is an integral part of Turkmen – Qatari relations.
Having exchanged the views on current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides highlighted the commitment of Turkmenistan and the State of Qatar to long partnership under competent international organizations, where our countries demonstrate mutual support of constructive proposals and initiatives.
Turkmen leader has invited the Head of friendly state to make and official visit to our country at any convenient time. The invitation has been accepted with gratitude. The time of the visit will be agreed through diplomatic channels.
In the end of the telephone conversation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani have confirmed mutual intent of the sides to develop fruitful interstate dialog in all directions, having wished health and success to each other and peace, wealth and prosperity to fraternal nations of both countries.
The telephone conversation has been initiated by Qatari side.
The President of Turkmenistan made a video statement at the International Forum for Northern Economic CooperationFriday, 30 October 2020 19:22
On October 30, 2020, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a video statement at the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation which took place in Seoul in the format of a videoconference.
The heads of states, renown political figures, representatives of academic circles, leadership of ministries and departments of trade-economic, healthcare, education, communication and high-tech sectors, representatives of non-governmental organizations and private sectors of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and other countries participated to the Forum in remote mode.
During his video address to the participants of the Forum, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that considers the given event as a well-timed initiative aimed at long-term development of international economic, trade and investment cooperation in Eurasia.
The head of state shared his vision on the creation of new plans and strategies for comprehensive development on the Eurasian space and added that “in Turkmenistan we call it the revival of the Great Silk Road, thus emphasizing the historical continuity of the unique nature of relations between the nations living here and the states located alongside”. It was underlined that the given format is intended to contribute to the geo-economic processes along the routes of East-West and South-North.
During his address, the President of Turkmenistan especially underlined the importance of diversification of cooperation on the regional and worldwide scales. He told about the efficiency of Turkmen-Korean relations, gave examples of a number of joint projects in the oil and gas, as well as gas chemical industries with active participation of the Korean companies.
Amongst the main topics of discussion on the Forum were the changes originated from the coronavirus pandemic and further promotion of North economic cooperation. In this regard, it is vital to note that under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan stands for the constructive international cooperation and calls for the application of scientific diplomacy tools for strengthening the collaboration in the area of healthcare and scientific research between the countries of the world.
Turkmenistan is one of the states of Central Asia - a region that today attracts more and more attention of the world community. Here geopolitical and geo-economic interests of many countries of the world are intertwined. Realizing this, Turkmenistan, under the leadership of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, actively participates in processes aimed at strengthening peace, stability, sustainable development and mutual understanding between the peoples of the region, which is of no small importance for achieving universal peace and progress.
One of the important partners of Turkmenistan in this regard is the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), established in accordance with the decision of the UN General Assembly with the support of neighboring states and members of the Security Council in 2007. The headquarters of this unique structure is located in Ashgabat.
The effectiveness of preventive diplomacy has been tested by time. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the role and importance of the activities of the UNRCCA in his video address to the participants of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. Turkmenistan actively supports the work and initiatives of this Center, which has done a lot since its inception, in particular, in promoting political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction between the states of the region and neighboring countries. Turkmenistan actively cooperates with UNRCCA in maintaining regional security, including the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Among the main areas of current cooperation is overcoming pressing threats and challenges, in particular the global pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
In 2020, Turkmenistan celebrates the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of the state. By maintaining friendly, impartial and mutually beneficial relations, the state has achieved a lot within this status, one of the pillars of which is preventive diplomacy.
As the President of Turkmenistan noted during his speech at the 75th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly: “Following the logic of its neutral policy to ensure regional peace, security and development, consistently unlocking the potential of preventive diplomacy, during the session, Turkmenistan intends to invite the General Assembly to consider the draft resolution “Role of Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia”.
Turkmenistan is committed to regional and international cooperation through established platforms and programs to achieve concrete results in the economy, trade, healthcare, education and science, the development of energy and transport corridors, and environmental safety. In this context, it is important to emphasize the partnership of Turkmenistan within the framework of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program and other significant structures.
Following the principles of preventive diplomacy, Turkmenistan intends to further make a positive contribution to the process of achieving peace, stability and sustainable development at the regional and international levels.
Deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan discussed the draft Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" during the 11th meeting of the Mejlis of the sixth convocation held in frames of the Halk Maslahaty meeting.
The participants paid special attention to the establishment of the National Council of Turkmenistan and the forthcoming transition of the country's legislative body to a bicameral system. In this regard, the issues related to the introduction of relevant amendments and additions to the current laws of Turkmenistan were also raised.
The draft Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" submitted to the next meeting of the Mejlis of the fifth convocation was unanimously approved and adopted.
Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan G. Mammedova announced the decision on the draft Constitutional Law.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Constitutional Law "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan".
“The adoption of the Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan on the eve of the 29th anniversary of independence, symbolizing the unity of society and the state, is a grandiose historical event that will be inscribed in the chronicle of our people”, underlined the President of Turkmenistan.
The Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" comes into force on January 1, 2021.
In this regard, the work of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan is terminated. The President of Turkmenistan signed the Resolution "On revocation of the 1st order of the Chairperson of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan dated September 25, 2018".
“Adopting the Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan "On Amendments to the Constitution of Turkmenistan", we have created a bicameral structure of the country's legislative body”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
According to the Constitutional Law, the first elections of the members to the chamber of the Halk Maslahaty National Council of Turkmenistan are appointed by the President of Turkmenistan.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan signed the Decree of the Halk Maslahaty on the appointment of the first election of members to the chamber of the Halk Maslahaty National Council of Turkmenistan, as well as the organizational work to establish the activities of this structure.
Moreover, the Turkmen leader signed the Decree "On strengthening the social security of healthcare workers".
President of Turkmenistan: adoption of the Constitutional Law is an important step towards democratization of the countryFriday, 25 September 2020 17:21
Speaking at the Halk Maslahaty meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the parliament is a special branch of state power, an integral instrument for establishing people's democracy in the political, economic and social life of the country. Formation of a qualitatively new bicameral structure of the National Parliament will create favorable conditions for strengthening the legal basis for the development of our independent country and increasing the effectiveness of work of state authorities.
Numerous proposals and comments were received on the draft of the Constitutional
Law. The final draft of the Constitutional Law "On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan" was submitted to Halk Maslahaty for consideration.
“In the draft Constitutional Law, proposed for your consideration, the Halk Maslahaty joins the system of the highest state bodies carrying out the tasks of the legislative power. Therefore, it is proposed to remove Article 6 with index 1 from the Basic Law and, in accordance with the creation of a bicameral structure of the legislative representative body of state power, to rename the National Parliament into the National Council of Turkmenistan, and its chambers - the Halk Maslahaty and the Mejlis”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
According to the Turkmen leader, if the draft Constitutional Law is approved and enters into force on January 1, 2021, it would be necessary to hold elections of the members of the National Council of Turkmenistan in the first quarter of 2021.
“We believe that the adoption of the Constitutional Law will be another important step towards the democratization of our country. I am firmly convinced that the National Council of Turkmenistan will turn into a nationwide representative body that unites our people and guides them to high goals!” - emphasized the President of Turkmenistan.
President of Turkmenistan: despite the global crisis, the Turkmen economy maintains sustainable developmentFriday, 25 September 2020 17:19
Speaking at a meeting of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the spread of coronavirus infection had a negative impact on the economies of all states. Nevertheless, despite the difficult financial and economic conditions in the world, Turkmenistan has achieved sustainable development of its economy, and kept significant amounts of financial resources in reserve.
“In the current difficult conditions, we should take all measures to implement the five-year programme of development of the country, which was adopted at 2019 Halk Maslahaty meeting”.
“More than 70 % of the state budget funds are invested into the social sphere. Huge financial resources are used to improve the social and living conditions of the population in villages, settlements, cities in etraps and etrap centers.
“Along with this, it is necessary to increase the volume of credit funds allocated for the development of industrial sectors of the economy, encourage small business, increase the volume of credit and financial resources, allocated to the population.
“Moreover, the most of the state budget funds will be invested to education, healthcare, and the Pension Fund”, emphasized the President of Turkmenistan.
“From the first days of the spread of COVID-19, our country has organized the work to ensure provision of basic medical supplies free of charge. All necessary measures are taken to improve the immune status of people. The government adopted the plan to ensure preparedness for counteraction and response to this acute infectious disease. The Plan of operational socio-economic measures to counter the pandemic was also approved”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov speaking during Halk Maslahaty meeting.
According to the President of Turkmenistan, one of the important directions now is to encourage medical workers and efficiently use their potential in the fight against this infection. The President of Turkmenistan said that he would sign a decree, authorizing the provision of additional benefits to health care specialists.
“I also consider it necessary to prepare a new edition of the state programme "Health". Therefore, I expect specific proposals in this direction from relevant officials”, the President said.
President of Turkmenistan, Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov opened the videoconference meeting of the national forum and congratulated the participants of the meeting and, in their person, the people of the country on this important event, as well as on the 29th anniversary of the independence of the Motherland.
The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that a new stage of constitutional reforms in the country was launched and the initiative to improve the Main Law of the country was put forward at the 2019 session of Halk Maslahaty.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the main goal of these transformations was to improve the work of the highest representative bodies - the Halk Maslahaty and the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, as well as establishment of a bicameral structure of the legislative body, bringing the activities of democratic institutions up to a new level.
Approving the agenda of the Halk Maslahaty meeting, the Turkmen summed up the results of the independent development of the country.