TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WAS HELD BETWEEN THE PRESIDENTS OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTANTuesday, 22 December 2020 15:36
On December 21, 2020, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
During a constructive conversation, the heads of the two friendly states exchanged views on the state and prospects of interstate cooperation, which meets the fundamental interests of the Turkmen and Uzbek peoples. The parties also discussed the priority areas of the international and regional agenda.
As noted, regular mutual contacts at the highest and other levels are a clear indicator of mutual trust and respect. All this gives a powerful impetus to the progressive development of interstate relations.
During the dialogue, the Turkmen leader congratulated his Uzbek counterpart on the successful holding of the meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of States and emphasized the successful chairmanship of Uzbekistan in this structure in 2020.
As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, Turkmenistan highly appreciates bilateral relations with the fraternal Republic of Uzbekistan and attaches great importance to the development of comprehensive cooperation with a neighboring state and a reliable partner.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, thanking for the kind words, noted that the outgoing year had passed under the sign of the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which served to strengthen the foundations of its independence and role on the political map of the world. The high authority of the Turkmen leader has once again confirmed the fact that the world community, represented by the UN General Assembly, unanimously supported his initiative to declare 2021 the International Year of Peace and Trust.
At the end of the telephone conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev exchanged congratulations on the upcoming New Year 2021, addressing the peoples of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan with wishes of peace, prosperity, prosperity and great success in all good endeavors.
Speech of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the session of the Heads of the states of the Commonwealth of Independent StatesMonday, 21 December 2020 16:18
Dear Shavkat Miromonovich!
Dear Heads of the States!
First of all, let me extend my gratitude to President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for organization of current session. I would like to mention his big personal contribution to successful chairing of Uzbekistan in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2020.
Traditionally, we sum up the outcomes of our joint activity under the CIS, share the opinions about work in coming period.
First of all, I would like to say that despite known current complications, the CIS countries have managed to accomplish the most of planned joint events. Sessions of the Councils of the Head of the Governments, Foreign Ministries, Economic council, during which strategic directions of our cooperation in different sphere have been discussed and important documents have been adopted, were held.
Among the documents, I would make special mention of the Strategy of economic cooperation of the CIS until 2030. We consider this document as timely and current and note its specific details, clarity of set out goals and objectives for long-term period and are ready to joint work for the fulfilment of these objectives.
In this case, it is necessary to highlight that the above-mentioned Strategy is based on the principles of the Declaration on strategic economic cooperation of the CIS state members, which was adopted at the session of the Council of the Heads of the states in Ashgabat in October last year.
We state with delight that we note such directions as transport, fuel and energy complex, communication, industrial cooperation, trade, innovations and technologies among the priorities of economic partnership of the Commonwealth countries.
In general, Turkmenistan stands for giving of new quality to our cooperation, transit to long-term systematic cooperation. We are confident that current potential of the CIS allows us speaking of opportunities of realization of important projects in the mentioned perspective spheres.
At the same time, the territories of the CIS countries are able to become the main routes of economic partnership on the continent, the routes, which are connecting links in Europe – Asia direction in wide understanding.
In this context, we highlight the importance of promotion of economic interests of the CIS beyond geographic borders of the Commonwealth, integration of neighboring countries and regions to our joint projects. First of all, this is related to establishment of transport and transit infrastructure, optimization and increment of supply of energy carriers, construction of new communication lines.
In particular, we see big opportunities of cooperation in these directions in Caspian region, formation of the system of combined logistic with participation of the landlocked countries.
In this regard, we suggest to review perspectives of use of Turkmenbashy International Seaport as well as modern commercial fleet of Turkmenistan.
Last year, conceptual foundations of multilateral cooperation in Caspian Sea have been put and specific measures of giving long-term character to it have been planned at the first Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenbashy.
Many countries and big foreign companies show interest in participation in the forum. We think that Caspian direction has to take proper place in the plans of the Commonwealth and be considered as a zone of priority economic partnership.
Esteemed Heads of the States!
This year has passed under combating coronavirus infection, which has become a serious challenge for our healthcare systems.
I think it is necessary to highlight that the CIS states could have establish the channels of cooperation between medical, sanitary, customs and other services in this complex conditions, having demonstrated high responsibility, solidarity and mutual support in front of new challenge.
Using the opportunity, I would like to extend sincere gratitude to President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for his big personal contribution to solution of this common problem, which has improved the authority of Russian leader in the world arena.
I am confident that we have to follow these principles in coming period of combating the pandemic and recovery the consequences. We look forward for detailed review of specific measures proposed to the UN on formation of the mechanisms of scientific and medical cooperation, establishment of international specialized centers, which would develop new methods and practices of combating dangerous virus infections.
I think that the Commonwealth states could have an initiative role in this work, to show example of efficient cooperation, exchange of practice and joint researches in medical sphere.
In general, Turkmenistan is confident in the necessity of closer cooperation and consolidation of efforts of the CIS countries in the world arena and under big international structures, especially under the UN.
We think that the Commonwealth states could make significant contribution to stabilization of the situation, restoration and strengthening of the role of international law and the UN Charter, to provide support in creation of the atmosphere of trust and predictability in the relations between the states on the background of complex situation in the world politics.
In this regard, it is important to adopt the Joint Statement of the Heads of the CIS country members on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Organization.
As is known, 2021 has been announced as International Year of Peace and Trust at the initiative of our country by the UN General Assembly. We see this decision as a good reason to resume serious and responsible dialog on modern world order and international relations.
We propose to think over the filling of the dialog with practical and specific content.
In this context it is planned to hold High-level International Conference dedicated to strengthening of peace, security and provision of sustainable development in Ashgabat next year.
I would like to invite you to participate in this Forum!
Few days ago, Turkmenistan has celebrated a remarkable date of its modern history – the 25th anniversary of international recognition of the status of permanent neutrality.
Taking the opportunity, I would like to express gratitude to the heads of the states who sent congratulations addressed to our country and people. Such position is a big support for us and stimuli for development of international cooperation based on the principles of god neighborliness and peace-loving, confirms the correctness of the foreign course of Turkmenistan and its compliance with long-term interests and goals of the CIS.
In this regard, we think it is efficient to continue a practice of mutual support in the UN General Assembly. During its last session, Turkmenistan has made number of initiatives aimed at strengthening of the role of preventive diplomacy and realization of the principles of neutrality during solution of international issues.
We are grateful to the Commonwealth states, which have joined to the establishment of the Group of Friends of Neutrality for peace, security and development under the UN and highly appreciate their position.
Dear Heads of the State!
Turkmenistan is confident of the presence of the CIS big potential in economic and social development, humanitarian and cultural cooperation, in positive effect on regional and global processes. The Commonwealth proves its viability and ability to deal with challenges and threats with responsibility, its relevance as an important tool of interstate dialog.
Our country is determined to continue close cooperation under the CIS, active participation in realization of the provision of signed documents.
Finishing my speech, I would like to express gratitude to Uzbekistan for skillful chairing of the CIS in 2020 and wish success to the Republic of Belarus, which takes over the chairmanship in the next year.
I would like also to extend words of gratitude to Head of the Executive Committee – the CIS Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev for efficient coordination of our work and input to successful organization of the current session.
Let me congratulate you, dear participants, on coming New year, wish strong health and success to you and peace, wealth and prosperity to the people of the Commonwealth states
The Leader of the Nation participates in the session of the Council of the Heads of the CIS countries
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.
25 MILLION TREE SAPLINGS WILL BE PLANTED IN TURKMENISTAN IN 2020 IN HONOR OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUNTRY'S NEUTRALITYMonday, 09 November 2020 11:20
In 2020, 25 million saplings of deciduous, fruit trees and grapes will be planted throughout Turkmenistan. This number marks the 25th anniversary of the country's permanent neutrality.
Some of the trees were planted during a nationwide planting campaign held on November 7 with the participation of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. It was also attended by members of the government, heads and representatives of ministries and sectoral departments, including numerous residents of the country. Today, every resident of Turkmenistan planted about 30 seedlings.
According to the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan dated January 31 of this year "On planting trees in Turkmenistan in 2020", 25 million seedlings of deciduous, coniferous, fruit trees and grapes will be planted in Turkmenistan during 2020. This action, in turn, provides for the implementation of a nationwide greening program in the country, primarily from the point of view of the country's environmental well-being and is timed to a significant date, the 25th anniversary of the country's neutrality.
It is important to note that one of the key directions of the foreign policy of neutral Turkmenistan is cooperation with the UN and other authoritative organizations in the field of comprehensive promotion of green diplomacy. Today, Turkmenistan actively cooperates with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Environment Program, the World Environmental Fund, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia and many other international and regional structures.
As is known, the policy of Turkmenistan in the field of environmental diplomacy is aimed at ensuring the priority of protecting human life and health, preserving and restoring the environment, combining environmental, economic and social interests of society in order to ensure sustainable development and a favorable environment for full-fledged life.
Taking into account the seriousness of environmental problems that require the involvement of an increasing number of factors, having joined dozens of UN conventions, Turkmenistan responsibly approaches the solution of the tasks of sustainable development facing the world community. The country also put forward a number of proposals on sustainable development, careful use of water and energy resources and ensuring food security, reducing the risks of natural disasters, during the sessions of the UN General Assembly, high-level conferences.
In this context, it should be emphasized that Turkmenistan calls on the world community to pay close attention to the ecological catastrophe of the Aral Sea. The air masses formed in the zone of ecological disaster caused by the drying up of the Aral Sea have an extremely negative impact on nature, climate, and the general life of people living in the Aral Sea region and far beyond it.
During the chairmanship in IFAS on the initiative of Turkmenistan on April 12, 2018 and May 28, 2019, the General Assembly adopted resolutions “On cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS)”.
In this aspect, it should be emphasized that during the current 75th session of the General Assembly, Turkmenistan will continue to implement the initiative put forward by the President of Turkmenistan at the Rio + 20 Sustainable Development Summit to create a UN Special Program for the Aral Sea Basin and the country also intends submit for consideration at the regular session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in May 2021 an initial draft of the concept and structure of the future Special Program.
The preservation of biodiversity and ecological balance in the Caspian Sea is also one of the priority tasks of the regional and international ecological interaction of Turkmenistan. Today, the country has developed the Concept of a new Caspian environmental program, the draft of which will be considered in the near future during the next meeting of the parties to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.
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.
On October 27, 2020, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of Malaysia Muhyiddin Yassin.
After a mutual greeting, the President of Turkmenistan and the head of the Malaysian Government noted with satisfaction the high level of bilateral relations, initially built on the principles of mutual respect, understanding and trust.
Addressing Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin with gratitude for the attention paid to strengthening the traditionally friendly interstate dialogue, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Malaysia is one of the priority partners of Turkmenistan in the Asia-Pacific region.
Continuing the conversation, it was noted that our countries are effectively interacting both in a bilateral and multilateral format, within the framework of the United Nations and other authoritative international structures.
One of the main directions of the Turkmen-Malaysian cooperation was the further intensification of trade and economic ties. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov cited interaction in the oil and gas sector as an example of effective joint efforts, where the Malaysian state-owned company “PETRONAS” is a long-standing and reliable partner of Turkmenistan.
At the same time, during the telephone conversation, it was stated that there are also good opportunities for cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies and digitalization of the economy, the introduction of advanced scientific developments into production.
Humanitarian contacts are invariably an integral part of the Turkmen-Malaysian relations. It has accumulated a lot of experience and has a solid potential for deepening fruitful cooperation in the field of education, science and culture, as well as in the field of healthcare.
During the exchange of views on a number of topical issues of regional and global issues, the topic of the coronavirus pandemic was touched upon, causing serious concern to the world community. In this regard, the need to consolidate efforts was emphasized as the most important factor in successfully countering this dangerous threat.
At the end of the telephone conversation, confirming the commitment of Turkmenistan and Malaysia to the course of further comprehensive development of constructive cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin exchanged best wishes for each other and the peoples of both countries.
President of Turkmenistan addresses participants of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements and Conference on Digital Economy
“I congratulate you opening of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements of Turkmenistan and the scientific-practical conference “Digital Economy - the Most Important Factor of Economic Development”! I sincerely wish great success to the forum dedicated to the 29th anniversary of independence of Turkmenistan!”- says President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, addressing the participants of the exhibition and conference.
According to the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, today neutral Turkmenistan occupies a leading position among the dynamically developing countries of the world, is known as the state that relies on high technologies, successfully implementing large-scale programmes. Initiatives aimed at ensuring well-being of the peoples in the region and the planet are widely supported by the international community that also contributes to the steady growth of the international authority of the country.
“In a short historical period, Turkmenistan has carried out fundamental reforms and has achieved high results in all areas of the state's life.
“We will continue implementing economic reforms, ensuring dynamic development of the country. We will strive for the main goal – to bring Turkmenistan up to the level of a number of highly developed states of the world.
“Based on the principles of peacefulness and progressive development, the domestic and foreign policy of the country, large-scale activities in the interests of the state and society, as well as the peoples of other countries, the fundamental transformations carried out in the country serve a great goal - to ensure the comprehensive harmonious development of the independent state, to improve the living standards of the Turkmen people”, says the President of Turkmenistan in his address.
In conclusion, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that the exhibition and conference would provide a platform for presenting Turkmenistan’s achievements in the economic and social sphere and wished their participants good health and great success in work.
CEO of Çalık Holding informs President of Turkmenistan on the progress in implementing a number of projectsThursday, 10 September 2020 19:13
In frames of a working trip to the Balkan velayat, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received CEO of Çalık Holding group of companies Ahmet Çalık.
Thanking for the opportunity of a personal meeting, the businessman congratulated the President of Turkmenistan on the significant event - the start of construction of gas turbine power units at the Turkmenbashi complex of oil refineries.
Wishing the President of Turkmenistan good health and success in his versatile activity, the guest expressed belief in that the international community highly appreciated the achievements of Turkmenistan, which demonstrates the rapid paces of development.
As noted, the “open door” policy pursued by the President of Turkmenistan, high rates of economic growth, large-scale programmes for the development of the industrial sector, a favorable investment climate provide wide opportunities for enhancing partnership with foreign business circles and attracting world experience in many areas, primarily in knowledge-intensive and high-tech industries.
Underlining the fruitful character of relations between Turkey and Turkmenistan, bounded with the ties of friendship, fraternity as well as historical and cultural affinity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov dwelled upon the activity of the Turkish company on the Turkmen market
In this context, the Turkmen leader focused on increasing the efficiency of the holding's participation in the implementation of large-scale mutually beneficial projects.
Underlining the importance of the largest energy pipeline - the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, as well as the TAP power transmission line, the construction of which was entrusted to Çalık Holding, the President of Turkmenistan instructed the CEO of the company to complete all works at the high level within the target time frame.
Noting that it is a great honor for his company to continue long-term cooperation, participating in the implementation of large-scale transformation programmes, carried out in our country, the Turkish businessman reported on the progress in implementing a number of joint projects.
Commenting on the report, the President once again focused on the importance of high quality of construction works and completion of works within timeframes stipulated by the contracts.
At the end of the meeting, Ahmet Çalık assured the President of Turkmenistan that his company would continue taking the most responsible approach to fulfillment of partnership obligations.
ISSUES OF DEEPENING COOPERATION WITH WHO WERE DISCUSSED AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTANMonday, 10 August 2020 16:49
On August 10, 2020, an online meeting of the heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs R.Meredov and the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan N.Amannepesov with the Director of the European Regional Bureau of the World Health Organization Dr. Hans Kluge took place.
As part of a constructive conversation, the parties discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, in particular, effective cooperation between Turkmenistan and WHO in the field of countering the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection.
As is known, during the video meeting of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the Director General of WHO, which took place a few days ago, the initiatives put forward by our country were fully supported by the head of this organization. In this connection, the head of state gave specific instructions to the heads of the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan to establish coordinated work with the relevant WHO structures.
In order to fulfill these instructions and comprehensively implement the priority tasks in the field of human health, during the meeting, the heads of the relevant state structures of our country once again emphasized the need to increase international cooperation aimed at jointly combating the spread of acute infectious diseases. Also during the meeting, a positive assessment was given on the current epidemiological situation in our country and the progress in implementing the recommendations of the WHO mission experts who recently visited Turkmenistan, was discussed.
In this context, based on the instructions of the head of state, the need, taking into account the requirements of the time, to make every effort to increase the effectiveness of measures taken in the fight against infectious and non-infectious diseases and in their prevention was especially noted.
The intensification of cooperation in the area of scientific diplomacy, the creation of the necessary conditions for a systematic exchange of views between medical scientists, experts and specialists in other fields also became a topic for discussion during the conversation with the Director of WHO / Europe.
Turkmen side once again confirmed that it will continue to adhere to the recommendations of authoritative international structures and continue active cooperation with the World Health Organization within the framework of joint projects and programs.