“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.
During his speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, the President of Turkmenistan stressed the importance of restoring trust in international politicsWednesday, 23 September 2020 12:05
On September 22, 2020, the high-level week of the 75th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly began. On the same day, a transmission of the speech of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took place.
Noting that the current session of the UN General Assembly is being held in a difficult period, the Head of Turkmenistan called for an objective look at the general international situation, shattered by the neglect of international law, military and political rivalry, which, unfortunately, is observed in the world today.
To resolve this situation, the Head of State noted “that it is necessary to consolidate efforts aimed at strengthening the role of international law, multilateral legal instruments of the existing system of global security, strict observance by all countries of generally recognized norms arising from the UN Charter. This is the only way to maintain stability and predictability in world politics, to reduce the risks of conflicts. "
The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that in order to achieve these goals, it is necessary to restore trust in international politics, to establish a culture of respectful dialogue.
In this regard, the important role of the policy of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan was underlined. As a matter of fact, its keystones contain the principles of humanism and peaceful approach to the resolution of global challenges and response to the threats of modern times. As is known, this year Turkmenistan honors the 25th anniversary since obtaining the given status. The model of positive neutrality developed by Turkmenistan calls not for impartiality, but unity by means of political-diplomatic tools. This concept is vividly presented in the project of the resolution initiated by Turkmenistan entitled “the Role and Significance of the Neutrality Policy in Sustaining and Strengthening International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development,” the presentation of which was held in January of current year in the UN headquarters. The draft of the resolution is under consideration.
Then, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov added that “the UN General Assembly, at the initiative of Turkmenistan, adopted a resolution declaring 2021 the Year of International Peace and Confidence. In the light of the implementation of the provisions of this document, Turkmenistan sets forth the initiative to hold an International Forum of Peace and Trust next year. The leader of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that this Forum will give an important impetus to the promotion of peace, stability and will contribute to the strengthening of international cooperation.
In this context, the important role of preventive diplomacy was noted, which is consonant with the UN principles. Noting that the policy of Neutrality is aimed at ensuring regional peace, security and development, the President of Turkmenistan stressed that within the framework of the upcoming session, the Turkmen side intends to propose to the General Assembly to consider the draft resolution “The Role of the Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.”
The Head of State noted that the achievement of peace, security and progress in the Central Asian region depends on the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. “The position of Turkmenistan here is principled and unchanged: there is no alternative to the negotiation process,” the President noted. In this regard, it was noted that Turkmenistan is ready to assist in the advancement of this process, in particular, by creating the necessary political and organizational conditions on its territory.
Along with political stabilization, the economic and social reconstruction of Afghanistan is also important. In this regard, Turkmenistan stands for the implementation of large infrastructure projects with Afghan participation, primarily in such important areas as energy, transport and communications. Turkmenistan has already initiated a number of projects in this direction, in particular the construction of a gas pipeline along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India route, railway branches, and fiber-optic communication lines reaching the territory of Afghanistan.
The President of Turkmenistan stressed that Turkmenistan firmly believes in the future of the UN, will continue to strengthen and build up strategic partnership with this Organization for the benefit of all mankind.
The President of Turkmenistan called for the creation of platforms to bring the global economy onto a sustainable growth pathWednesday, 23 September 2020 12:03
On September 22, 2020, the high-level week of the 75th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly began at the UN headquarters in New York. On this day, the broadcast of the speeches of the heads of states and governments began. One of the first was the translation of the speech of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
In his address, the head of Turkmenistan voiced the state of the global economy, which was going through a difficult period this year. It was emphasized that, being a staunch adherent of the Sustainable Development Goals, Turkmenistan is actively using all the necessary potential in this direction. Unfortunately, the pandemic has seriously undermined the colossal progress towards the SDGs.
The Head of State stressed that Turkmenistan intends to intensify work on the creation of UN international legal instruments in the field of stability and reliability of energy transit. As is known, the proposals of Turkmenistan in this area have more than once been confirmed by the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly.
The leader of Turkmenistan also noted the importance of developing cooperation in the field of transport, adding that Turkmenistan proposes to consider the issue of ensuring stable international transport in times of emergency. It was also expressed the intention of Turkmenistan to host the International Conference of Ministers of Landlocked Developing Countries, which will make it possible to intensify interaction in this direction.
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.
It’s common knowledge that on September 19, 1994, Azerbaijan and a consortium of international companies signed the first contract for the development of oil fields on the Caspian shelf. This agreement was called the "Contract of the Century" and put the foundation for cardinal changes in the region, opening it up to the world and bringing it out of the closed space of the former USSR. Azerbaijan rightfully considers this date, which is celebrated as the Day of the Oilman as important. This year, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took part in the ceremony of laying the foundation for offshore operations at the Absheron field, where he gave a detailed interview to the country's leading TV channels.
Commenting on the situation in the zone of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, including the transit of military supplies from Russia to Armenia immediately after another aggravation of the situation in July this year, he in particular stressed: “I must say that I highly appreciate the actions of the Georgian Government in these events. As you know, Georgia did not allow the transportation of weapons to Armenia through its territory. That is why transport planes deliver weapons to Armenia through the territories of the Caspian littoral countries and by air. Georgia behaved like a very reliable partner. I would like to express my gratitude to the Georgian Government for this. I can say that we see the Georgian Government as a reliable partner and friend. Intergovernmental ties are strengthening day by day. Many important projects are being implemented. In the near future, our Foreign Minister will pay an official visit to Georgia. This will be his first visit to Georgia as Foreign Minister. The program of the visit is being prepared now. There are many questions. We are bound by both historical ties and common interests. Today, ties and developing cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan serve the interests of both countries. I want to say again that the Governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan are in close contact with each other, and this will continue".
President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan exchange views on the prospects of cooperationFriday, 18 September 2020 18:42
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, who arrived in our country on a working visit.
Welcoming the guest, the Turkmen leader underlined that Turkmenistan considered the Republic of Kazakhstan as an important partner. “We sincerely value the mutually respectful interstate relations established over the years and attach particular attention to their development on a bilateral and multilateral basis”, the President of Turkmenistan said, expressing belief that the constructive dialogue between the two neighboring countries would continue to develop progressively.
Thanking for the cordial welcome and emphasizing the importance that Kazakhstan attaches to strengthening ties with Turkmenistan, the guest conveyed warm greetings and good wishes from the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Kemeluly Tokayev.
According to Askar Mamin, Kazakhstan highly appreciates and fully supports the progressive policy pursued by the President of Turkmenistan and important international initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader with the aim to strengthen peace, stability and prosperity on the regional and global scale.
Thanking the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan for the warm words, the Turkmen leader conveyed his best wishes to Kassym-Jomart Kemeluly Tokayev and first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, as well to the people of Kazakhstan, bound with the people of our country with centuries-old ties of friendship, brotherhood and good neighborly relations that provide a platform for developing cooperation in the new historical epoch.
During the meeting, the Turkmen leader and his guest highly evaluated the level and dynamics of development of the interstate dialogue, and exchanged views on a wide range of cooperation, including within the framework of authoritative international organizations.
According to President of Turkmenistan, developing bilateral ties, we rely on the old traditions of fraternity and mutual sympathy of peoples, the adherence of our states to the principles of peacefulness and humanism that stands as a basis for cooperation and mutual understanding of important issues of global and regional development, where our countries have similar approaches.
Particular attention was paid to the implementation of a number of interstate economic projects, as well as the prospects for building up partnerships in such strategic areas as trade, economy, transport and logistics, energy, agriculture.
According to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, our country pursues the policy of “open doors” and good neighborliness, takes practical steps to form a transport and transit corridor for the states in the region and the world.
In this context, the importance of operating transnational North-South railway, as well as Turkmenistan’s initiative to build a modern Turkmenbashi-Kazakhstan highway, which in the near future will increase trade, passenger and freight traffic between the countries, was emphasized.
When discussing the issues of cross-border cooperation, the meeting participants focused on the development of the transit potential of neighboring states, the implementation of energy projects actively promoted by Turkmenistan. The importance of deepening cooperation in ensuring global energy security, consolidating efforts in addressing environmental problems was emphasized.
It was noted that in the light of modern realities, one of the topical vectors of cooperation is the field of ecology, where Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan interact, in particular, within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), special attention is also paid to the efforts taken to address the Caspian Sea issues.
“Our countries have great opportunities for building up trade and economic relations”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, underlining the role of the Intergovernmental Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan Commission on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation.
In this regard, the Turkmen leader proposed to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Commission with the participation of the heads of the leading ministries and departments of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan in order to discuss the important issues of expanding the partnership that was supported by Askar Mamin.
It was expressed the mutual interest in the implementation of new joint projects, including in the field of gas chemistry, the supply of Turkmen gas to the domestic market of Kazakhstan, the agro-industrial complex, as well as readiness to build up constructive partnerships both in the bilateral format and within international organizations.
The participants of the meeting discussed the development of a fruitful dialogue in the humanitarian field. The importance of enhancing contacts in science and education, culture and sports was underlined.
Congratulating President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the Independence Day, which is celebrated this month, Askar Mamin expressed belief that the constructivism of the foreign policy strategy of Turkmenistan, based on the principles of permanent neutrality, would continue to promote cooperation in a wide range of areas.
At the end of the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan confirmed the commitment of the two countries to the comprehensive development of interstate relations.
In frames of a working trip to the Balkan Velayat, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received President of PJSC Lukoil Vagit Alekperov.
Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to discuss the prospects for cooperation, the guest focused on the high interest of Russian business, and, in particular, the largest oil company Lukoil, in further expanding partnership with Turkmenistan.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed satisfaction with the traditionally friendly, constructive character of the Turkmen-Russian relations, which creates favorable conditions for the steady strengthening of business ties in key areas.
One of the most significant spheres of mutual interests of the two states, recognized as the world energy powers, is the oil and gas industry, the development of which is of particular importance, taking into account the huge resource potential.
The possibilities of implementing joint projects and long-term cooperation on an economically beneficial basis for the both parties were discussed during the meeting.
Presenting the activity of PJSC Lukoil on the development of hydrocarbon deposits in the Caspian Sea to the President of Turkmenistan, the businessman underlined that the favorable investment climate and reliable legal framework created in Turkmenistan helped attracting foreign business investments in the development of oil and gas fields, and the construction of related infrastructure
Expressing the interest in participating in large-scale transformation programmes, successfully implemented in our country, Vagit Alekperov underlined the willingness of his company to share the experience, accumulated in increasing the capacities of the mining and processing segment, developing the gas and petrochemical industry, producing high-tech products of great demand the global market with Turkmenistan.
In conclusion, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the head of the largest energy company in Russia exchanged good wishes, expressing confidence in the successful continuation of fruitful partnership.
President Ilham Aliyev: One of the issues negatively affecting Azerbaijani-Greek cooperation is related to “DESFA”Thursday, 03 September 2020 16:47
As reported earlier, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today accepted credentials of the newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece Nikolaos Piperigos.
AZERTAC publishes some excerpts from President Ilham Aliyev's remarks at the meeting.
“I believe there have been several issues that negatively affected our cooperation. One of them is related to the Greek gas company “DESFA”. I can say that our energy company SOCAR joined the bidding for the purchase of “DESFA” at the request of the Greek government. The former Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Samaras, personally asked me for SOCAR to participate in the tender. As a result of an open tender, SOCAR made the best offer and won the right to own “DESFA”. This was also important in terms of our plans to build the Southern Gas Corridor. That was about six years ago. At that time, of course, we were simply planning to build a connection between Azerbaijan and Europe, and we thought that if Azerbaijan was to supply gas to Greece, it would be good to have a company that distributes this gas. In any case, we made an advance payment of 40 million euros, which is 10 percent of the price, and for four years – from 2014 to 2018 – the money was at the disposal of the Greek government. Unfortunately, the previous government of Greece did everything to deprive SOCAR of this right.”
“I would like to reiterate that we originally obtained this legitimate right at the suggestion of the Greek prime minister, in an open and competitive tender, but were deprived of this legitimate right for political reasons due to the negative attitude of the previous government of Greece towards Azerbaijan. This certainly had a serious negative impact on our already low-level relations. Frankly, we then decided that if the government of Greece was treating us like that, we would have to think about how we would respond. Our response was to do virtually nothing. We did not make any demarche. We did not take any diplomatic steps.”
“So this was a very disappointing issue and, of course, I think it had a serious impact on our relations. But, let me say again that this wasn’t done on the initiative of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has always supported the development of relations. In fact, you certainly know that TAP was not the only option for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas. There were several options for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Turkey. It could have been in a different direction. However, the choice of TAP was also a decision made by investors, foreign oil companies and Azerbaijan. In other words, for our part, we made a positive gesture to Greece. But after the previous government came to power – I want to emphasize this because before the former Syriza government came to power, we had very good relations with the governments of Greece.”
The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, has named the 2020 parliamentary election date – October 31
The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, has named the 2020 parliamentary election date – October 31.
The president addressed society: “I urge you to spend this period, these two months until election day, as peacefully as possible.” “In current circumstances, when we underwent COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to prepare very calmly for the elections.
This election has a special meaning! We will reaffirm our country’s democracy,” stressed the President. "30 years ago, on October 28, 1990, Georgia held democratic elections even then. We must continue this tradition, strengthen it, and present ourselves to the world as an extremely democratic country. We can do it!”, Said Salome Zurabishvili.