On August 28, 2020, a telephone conversation was held between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in.
After warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two friendly countries expressed satisfaction for the opportunity to exchange views on priority issues of interstate cooperation.
In the framework of constructive conversation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed sincere gratitude to the Leader of the Republic of Korea for the attention paid to strengthening of the Turkmen-Korean dialogue. Also words of gratitude were expressed for overall support of the neutral foreign policy pursued by Turkmenistan, including the important initiatives of the country aimed at strengthening peace, overall security and international cooperation for sustainable development.
Noting the actively developing partnership in recent years, Turkmen Leader emphasized significance of joint projects in the fields of energy, transport, ecology, healthcare and cultural-humanitarian cooperation. The sides also highly appreciated productive work of the Central Asia - Republic of Korea Cooperation Forum.
In addition, underlining the important role of the bilateral Intergovernmental Committees and Business Councils, the Presidents expressed confidence in that the successive session of Turkmen-Korean Business Council held recently will contribute to further deepening of interstate trade-economic and investment cooperation.
Moreover, the parties underlined the importance of traditional cultural-humanitarian ties. The significance of cooperation in the field of medicine and healthcare was stressed taking into consideration the present extremely serious challenge in front of the whole humankind.
In the end of the conversation, the Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Moon Jae-in expressed confidence in that interstate dialogue will further successfully strengthen for the benefit of both countries and peoples.
On August 31, 2020, a constituent online meeting of the Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" was held in Ashgabat, in which leading experts and dog handlers from more than 10 countries also took part. In total, the meeting was attended by about 200 delegates.
As is known, on May 1, 2020, in order to implement the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan, the Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" was established.
According to the agenda, at the beginning of the meeting, the participants discussed issues related to the reorganization of the Association, as well as the creation of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" on its basis. This issue was unanimously supported by all the participants of the meeting.
Speakers at the first session emphasized that the creation, and now the awarding of the international status to the profile association will contribute to the development of the best practices and traditions of the national school of dog breeding, breeding these dog breeds on a systematic, scientifically grounded basis, the comprehensive application and development of advanced methods of folk selection, as well as modern achievements of world science in this area.
In addition, within the framework of the event, the Charter of the organization was adopted and 25 representatives were accepted into the membership of the Association - leading experts and dog handlers from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Iran, China, Russia, Turkey, France, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. The composition of the Executive Committee, as well as the composition of the Control and Auditing Commission of the International Association “Türkmen alabaý itleri” was also elected. During the session, the Representative offices of the Association were established by unanimous vote, in Ahal, Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap and Mary provinces and their heads were appointed.
Taking into account the accumulated experience and great contribution to the development of the Turkmen alabay dogs, the Minister of Industry and Construction Production of Turkmenistan S. Berdimuhamedov was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri", a private dog breeder A. Yazmyradov was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee.
By unanimous decision of the participants, it was agreed to hold the next meeting of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" in Ashgabat in the last decade of April next year and, at the same time, to hold the annual celebration of the "Day of the Turkmen alabay" on the last Sunday of April.
Within the framework of the event, the presentation of the book of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov "Türkmen alabaý" in Arabic was also held.
During the speeches, words of gratitude were expressed to the President of Turkmenistan for his tireless care and special services in the development of the breeds of the Turkmen alabay dogs.
As known, the holding of a constituent meeting of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" and the presentation of the book "Türkmen alabaý" of the Leader of the Nation in Arabic symbolizes an important milestone in the popularization of the national heritage of the Turkmen people.
The book of the President of Turkmenistan "Türkmen alabaý", published in 2019, based on the synthesis of a huge scientific research material, is a significant contribution to the study of the national heritage - the Turkmen purebred alabay dog. The unique breed, created as a result of centuries of careful selection, like the people themselves, knows how to value good relations, love and friendship. In the book, which has expanded the cycle of works of the Head of State on the national spiritual characteristics of the Turkmen people, one can find scientifically substantiated materials on the origin and development of this breed of dogs. Available in Arabic, this book extensively reveals the very cultural phenomenon of alabai dog, whose age, according to scientific information, varies from three to six thousand years.
At the end of the event, the participants adopted an Address to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held video conference session of the Constitutional Commission for development and compilation of proposal related to amendments and addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan, which was established according to the Decree of the Head of the State singed in September last year.
Opening the session and addressing the members of the Constitutional Commission, the Head of the State noted that very important event in life of the country, historical session of the People’s Council, where new stage of constitutional reforms in the country have been started and initiatives about improvement of the Main Law of Turkmenistan have been made, took place on September 25, 2019.
The main goa of our reforms is to modernize activity of representative power authorities, i.e. the People’s Council and National Parliament, which will serve to the highest value of the state and society, to the human, its interests as well as to establish two-chamber body, which carries out legal making activity, to bring activity of democratic institute to higher level, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
It was mentioned before that we have very important and responsible objectives in this direction, which are required for further democratization of the state and public life, the Head of the State continued. In this context, the Constitutional Commission for development and compilation of proposals related to amendments and addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan has been established. The first session of the Commission has been held on October 4 last year.
Three sessions of the Constitutional Commission have been held since then, the Head of the State said. Working plan of the Commission has been approved, specific objectives have been given, organizational measures have been outlined at the first session. Reports on planned work carried out by the Commission have been presented. Having analyzed performed work, the developed draft has been published in media.
The Working Group, which has been established under National Parliament, has also carried out certain work for study, analysis and compilation of numerous proposals from the population, political parties, public organizations, profile departments, establishments and organizations, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.
Developing initial draft Constitutional Law on amendments and addendums of the Constitution of the country, National Parliament worked closely with the Cabinet of Ministers, relative ministries and profile departments, arranged reception, analysis and compilation of proposals from citizens, political parties, public associations of the country and local power authorities.
The President has stated that these works were carried out taking into account the proposals from the deputies of National Parliament, relative ministries, profile departments, scientific and educational institutes, political parties as well as public organizations and citizens
According to the plan of the Working group under the Constitutional Commission, the Draft Constitutional Law on Amendments and Addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan, which has been reviewed in details at the third session of the Commission, the Leader of the Nation noted. The draft law has been published in mass media for detailed awareness of the citizens.
Taking into account fulfilled work, it is necessary to discuss the main objectives related to improvement of the Constitution of the country and initial draft of Constitutional Law on Amendments and Addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan, the Head of the State highlighted. This draft has been developed in accordance with current objectives as well as taken received proposals into consideration.
After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave floor to Chairman of the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan A. Serdarov.
Speaking on behalf of public organizations of the country, the leader of the DPT noted that our country has entered new level on its way of progressive development. It was highlighted that the elders, youth, cultural personnel, workers of different branches comprehensively support political and legal reforms and transformation programmes initiated by the President at the second session of the People’s Council.
It was mentioned that public organization of the country take an active part in explanation of goals and objectives of the government policy aimed at the sake of the people.
The Chairman of the DPT noted that reforms related to amendments and addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan, which are in the final stage, raise big interest in the country and on international level.
Turkmenistan citizens show full understanding of reforms aimed at strengthening of democratic processes in the country, expansion of constitutional rights of the people, improvement of national legal making system.
Political and public organizations, representatives of local authorities, cultural and humanitarian sphere, law enforcement agencies, deputies and public took part in organization and conduct of the above-mentioned events. Thousands of the citizens made their proposals during discussion stage of the Draft Constitutional Law on Amendments and Addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan.
Speaking of importance of constitutional reforms implemented this year, the speaker has noted that establishment of two-chamber Parliament would be a historical event in democratic development of Turkmenistan.
In the end of the speech, on behalf of public organizations of the country, the Chairman of the DPT has wished strong health and new success in his noble activity to the Head of the State.
Minister of Justice B. Muhamedov, who was speaking next, highlighted big importance of the beginnings of the Head of Turkmenistan for modernization of activity of national legislative body, which is to provide legal base of political, social and economic reforms in the country.
Complex of relative works has been specified at the sessions of the Constitutional Commission for successful implementation of legal reforms. In this regard, the Ministry of Justice has presented proposals developed based on the study of national and world practice, universal standards of international law to the Working Group established under National Parliament of Turkmenistan.
Authorities and responsibilities of the chambers of legislative body, drafts of relative standards have been developed. It was highlighted that special attention has been paid to strengthening of guarantee of rights and freedoms of human and citizens, support of the balance of interests of the state, society and citizen.
Explanatory activity has been arranged at the facilities, establishments, high educational institutes, among military personnel for awareness of the population about the meaning and political and legal importance of reforms, provision of regular information to Turkmenistan citizens about measures taken in this direction.
It was informed that the Ministry of Justice has comprehensively analyzed existing legal acts. At present time, this work is continued. The Minister highlighted that integrated democratic changes expanded by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov would serve as reliable foundation for further steadfast development of Turkmenistan.
Further, the floor was given to Speaker of National Parliament G. Mammedova. It was mentioned that big work has been carried out for making relative amendments and addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan, which was carried out according to the plan approved by the Head of the State at the first session of the Constitutional Commission. Targeted measures have been taken for explanation of historical significance of these reforms and draft of relative Constitutional Law to the population.
Numerous meetings, scientific and practical conferences have been held in ministries, profile departments, at the facilities and establishments as well as in educational institutes. Thematic articles and exchange of opinions have also been organized on the pages of periodic publications and mass media.
Starting from October 2019, thousands of proposals, in which people expressed their support to the initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov based on international practice and experience of the ancestors in governing of the state and society, in other words on historical roots, have been received by the Working Group under Constitutional Commission.
None of these proposals was left without attention, they all have been studied and analyzed at regular sessions of the above-mentioned group. Offsite sessions of the Group have also been held in the regions.
It was mentioned that activity of the Working Group is based on study of international practice of establishment of two-chamber legislative body as well as on bringing of amendments and addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan in compliance with century-old democratic principles of Turkmen people.
The Speaker of National Parliament said that Draft Constitutional Law, according to which it was decided to remove one article, add 3 articles and make amendments and addendums of 27 articles, has been developed with active participation of the people and taking into account all opinions expressed by the citizens of the country, which was specially highlighted by the Head of the State.
Having expressed gratitude for conditions made for organized work related to further steadfast democratization of the country to Turkmen leader, the Speaker of National Parliament wished strong health and new success in colossal activity for the sake of the nation to Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Summing up the speeches, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the draft Constitutional Law on Amendments and Addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan raised big interest of the people.
According to the information of the Working Group established under the Constitutional Commission, having supported the proposal to name the Parliament of the country National Council of Turkmenistan, thousands of our citizens have spoken and made their proposals att he sessions and in mass media.
The proposal on establishment of two-chamber structure of National Parliament, naming off its chambers as the People’s Council and Parliament have also received wide support, the Head of Turkmenistan stated.
Full support of provisions on number of representatives from regions and Ashgabat in the composition of the People’s Council chamber of our Parliament, order of their election and appointment, requirements for the candidates to members of the People’s Council and period of their office laid out in the Draft Constitutional Law indicates that proposals of the citizens have been taken into account during development of the Draft, the President highlighted.
Having approved the order of the formation of the composition of the People’s Council, numerous citizens of the country gave their recommendations according to positive world practice as well as for expansion of authorities, improvement of prestige of regional and Ashgabat people’s councils and strengthening of their positions in society as local representative authorities, which are entitled to form up the composition of the People’s Council.
For better formulation, it was proposed to point out in Article 78 that “composition of the People’s Council includes eight representatives from each region and Ashgabat, who are elected by secret ballot at the sessions of the People’s Councils of the regions and Ashgabat. The order of their election is set by the law”, the Head of the State continued, having highlighted the relevance of this proposal.
At the same time, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that provision on non-admission of election and work of the same person in both chambers of National Parliament, which was laid out in Draft Law, has received full support of people.
In this regard, Turkmen leader has spoken for the necessity of inclusion of the above-mentioned provision to the Main Law for provision for democratic initiatives and social justice in the country. The Head of the State expressed the confidence that it would be very important in new ideological enrichment of the principle of social equality of our people, which has been tested by centuries.
Thousands of proposals have come to support specific provisions related to the sessions of the chambers of National Council and their authorities laid out in the Draft Constitutional Law.
Speaking of this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that detailed presentation of this subject in constitutional provisions would make favourable conditions for development of parliamentary activity of legislative government body according to time requirements.
At the same time, there were many proposals on appointment of elections, full understanding of the authorities of the People’s Council. Based on the proposals, it was suggested to add the fourth paragraph – “appoints the elections of the members of the People’s Council;”, in the list of authorities of the People’s Council under two designations of the Article 80, and to assign this authority to the People’s Council. In this regard, the head of the State has spoken for the relevance of adoption of the above-mentioned proposals.
Having said that the right to appoint the first elections of the members of the People’s Council is proposed to be given to the President of Turkmenistan, the Head of the State noted that it would be relevant to lay out these rules in Part VI of the Constitutional Law.
The Head of Turkmenistan has also highlighted that numerous proposals have come from our people in support of the provision, which clearly defines the order of adoption of the laws, in the Draft Constitutional Law. The reason is that presentation of the laws adopted by the Parliament to the People’s Council for review according to the provisions laid out in the draft demonstrates that these legal acts are reviewed from the position of assertion of the highest priority of the state interests.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that it would be also relevant for coherent work of two chambers, which is aimed at coordination of activity of each other in the interests of the state and society.
In this context, it is relevant to lay out in the Article 83 (I) that “in case of rejection of the Law of Turkmenistan by the People’s Council, the chambers may establish a conciliation commission and after this, the Law is subject to review by the Parliament”, which would be more relevant and would explain this subject better, the President said.
Information and reports on performed work aimed at realization of initiated reforms for improvement of activity of legislative representative body have been listened at the current session of the Constitutional Commission.
At the same time, the Head of Turkmenistan has stated with delight direct participation of our people in performed work for amendments and addendums of the Main Law related to the establishment of two-chamber structures of National Parliament and wide support of these reforms.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to all who took active part in historically important event of social and political life of the country – organized works aimed at improvement of efficiency of activity of legislative representative body and the role of National Parliament.
Development of the draft Constitutional law was carried out following the goals of improvement of the state structure, gained experience on the way of national development and positive world practice. In this regard, the President has ordered the Mejlis to make analysis of relative national legislation related to this Law as well as to continue work on making relative amendments and addendums.
Brining of activity of legislative body of the country in compliance with modern realities would allow National Parliament representing all levels of Turkmen society, solving actual current objectives, fundamentally improving the situation in development and implementation of laws, the Head of the State highlighted.
It will also make favourable conditions for establishment of closer relations between deputies and electorate, efficient control of fulfilment of laws and national programmes. It will give an opportunity to bring legislative activity of the parliament to new level, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.
Therefore, the Parliament of our country will turn into national representative body with wide responsibilities and authorities. It would enter the history as a millstone, which has big importance in democratization of life of the state society, the President said.
- Our Constitution defines human being as the highest values of the society and state, protection, support and service to human being are the main objectives of the state power authorities. These are the main provisions defining the government policy. Our initiative on transit to new parliamentary system also follows from these provisions laid out in the Main Law, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. – It is our sacred duty to bequeath a sovereign state, which is developed in the main directions, to future generations.
It is seen from the speeches on the draft Constitutional Law under discussion that having fully supported proposed initiative on establishment of two-chamber legislative representative body of the country, our people took active part in constitutional reforms, the Head of the State noted.
The Draft comprehensively considers proposals received from ministries, departments, scientific institutes, public associations and citizens. Members of the Constitutional Commission and representatives of relative government authorities and public associations have carried out historically important and significant work, which was highlighted in details at the sessions of the Commissions. therefore, the Head of Turkmenistan stated, the work on the draft Constitutional Law on Amendments and Addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan has to be considered as accomplished.
In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that it is necessary to organize discussion of the Draft Constitutional Law with representatives of the regions, districts and citizens, who would take part in the next session of the People’s Council, and following this, to present the Draft for review of nation-wide forum and if it would be approved, to send it to the Mejlis for review.
In general, it is necessary to continue the activity for full awareness of the citizens of Turkmenistan on importance of works for improvement of the Constitution, the Head of the State highlighted, having expressed the confidence that constitutional reforms implemented in our independent neutral state would allow providing wide freedoms and rights of human being and citizen.
The President of the country has also expressed the confidence that members of the Constitutional Commission and Working group would continue working together, perform their work and would manage deservingly with set objectives.
After, the Head of the State has signed the Resolution of the Constitutional Commission on approval of the Draft Constitutional Law of Turkmenistan on Amendments and Addendums of the Constitution of Turkmenistan and on inclusion to the agenda of the People’s Council.
Finishing final fourth session of the Constitutional Commission, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished strong health and big success in responsible work to all participants.
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On the first day after completion of annual leave, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a video conference session of General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus.
Taking into account complicated situation in the world caused by COVID-19 pandemic, special attention has been focused on the subject of joint combat against the spread of severe infectious diseases and possible ways of mitigation of harm caused by such diseases.
always notes the key role of WHO in coordination of efforts of the world community in combating against coronavirus infection and development of consolidated and coordinated response to global threats.
Turkmen leader always highlights that efficiency of international cooperation in this direction can be achieved only by strict compliance of scientifically based recommendation of this competent UN structure by all states.
Opening the session, General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus has warmly greeted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for his personal support to successful development of fruitful bilateral cooperation, which is built of mutual respect and trust.
The Head of WHO has also expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for initiative approach to solution of modern global problems, in particular for big contribution of joint efforts in combating of the spread of coronavirus infection in the world.
Further, the floor was given to the Head of Turkmenistan.
Greeting the Head of WHO, Turkmen leader expressed gratitude for the initiative of organization of this session. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that this is a good opportunity for exchange of views on cooperation as well as for discussion of important issues in health protection sphere.
Throughout 28 years of its membership in the World Health Organization, Turkmenistan has accomplished big work for improvement of national system of health protection, brining of it in compliance with fundamental international documents, which specify the principles of development of this sphere and application of universal medical standards in treatment and prevention of various diseases.
In this result, the State Health Programme has been adopted in the country 25 years ago. Entirely new sample of health protection system, which is aimed at common access of the population to medical services, has been made based on the Programme, the President noted.
“In my letter to you dated by April 14 this year, I have informed in detail about the heights and success achieved by Turkmenistan in this direction, about established fruitful international cooperation”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Documents proving high level achieved by our state in combating of infectious and non-infectious diseases and their prevention, which were recognized by the world community, were result of this work.
Speaking of the subject of current discussion, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that humankind has faced new threat these days – the coronavirus pandemic. Today, relying on our experience gained for 25 years, we have taken integrated measures in combating of the spread of COVID-19.
Taking measures in this sphere in full compliance with work carried out by the world community, Turkmenistan has proposed number of important initiatives aimed at consolidation of international efforts in combating against coronavirus.
The Head of the State noted that in particular, it was proposed to make all necessary conditions for activation of cooperation in scientific diplomacy for regular exchange of opinions between scientists, doctors, experts and specialists of other profile spheres of science.
It was highlighted that establishment of multilateral relations aimed at detailed study of the origin of coronavirus infection, symptoms of disease caused by this infection as well as methods of prevention and treatment is the main objective of this initiative.
“We are ready to work together in this direction with the World Health Organization and other interested parties”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, having continued that we respect the messages and appeals of the United Nations Secretary General made in the last months as well as with initiatives of the WHO Director.
It was mentioned that big work has been carried in this direction in May – July this year. Thus, Turkmenistan Infectious Disease Readiness and Response Plan has been approved on government level on May 22.
The Plan defines specific measures for further improvement of equipment and facility base, which is required for diagnostic of infectious diseases, their prevention and treatment.
Opening of new quarantine centres, re-orientation of certain medical facilities to the treatment of people with similar symptoms of severe infectious disease are among the examples. Necessary medicine and medical equipment are procured according to the above-mentioned Plan, the Head of the State said.
At present, total health check of the population is carried out in the country and actual measures are taken for strengthening of immune system of people. Turkmenistan has supported proposal of the WHO for establishment of the COVID-19 technology access pool (C-TAP) platform.
Turkmen leader has highlighted that this platform is considered as an opportunity of visual demonstration of the origin of COVID-19 infection, publication of all results of clinical studies, fair distribution and accessibility of scientific works.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that examples of Turkmenistan’s participation in realization of international initiatives related to the activities carried out by all countries in combating against the pandemic has been brought above and highlighted that our country would continue taking an active part in this work in future.
Joint activity carried out by countries and international organizations give positive results. At the same time, numerous aspects related to COVID-19 virus remain unclear. The President said that Turkmenistan would like to make its proposals based on these aspects.
First, the origin of new viruses, on which scientists of many countries of the world work these days, remains unsolved issue until today. At present time, there are fundamental scientific works revealing the origin of coronavirus in general, which helps to define correct treatment methods of widespread diseases.
Studies of possible ways of spreading of this dangerous virus are continued. Numerous specialists agree that airborne transmission is one of ways. It also has been proven by researches of Turkmen scientists, doctors, ecologists and representatives of other scientific spheres.
The mutation of new coronavirus, appearance of new strains remain an important issue. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the relevance of systematic scientific works for obtaining of information comprehensively revealing complicated etiology of the virus and its ability to change rapidly.
According to our opinion, it is necessary to develop special programme of the World Health Organization for study of the genome of coronavirus for efficient conduct of these works, the Head of the State highlighted.
Second, appearance of new diseases caused by COVID-19 is a complex issue. The Head of the State continued that at present time, we are aware of its main symptoms and determined the level of severity of respiratory tract diseases. However, there is no single opinion on true origin of appearance of diseases caused by new virus.
This is indicated by pneumonia of unknown etymology, which is rapidly spread in our region. There is an opinion that the disease is caused by new coronavirus. However, at the same time, the symptoms typical for pneumonia is diagnosed during laboratory analysis and detailed study of data received in the result of use of modern medical technologies including computer tomography.
I am confident in the necessity of consolidation of efforts of the state in near future for correct diagnosis of this disease under the patronage of the World Health Organization, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, having offered the WHO European Regional Bureau to consider the opportunity of development of regional method of treatment of pneumonia.
Third, improvement of treatment and preventive methods of new infectious diseases is a subject of a great concern. Undoubtedly, efficient fulfilment of this work is directly related to results of solution of the above-mentioned objectives for study of the etiology of new microorganisms and diagnosis of diseases that they cause.
We are looking forward for support of the World Health Organization in further improvement of treatment methods of relative diseases, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having noted that it is appropriate to review the subject of establishment of methodological severe infectious disease preventive and treatment centre in the structure of WHO.
The President highlighted that he thinks it is necessary to consolidate joint efforts for solution of the above-mentioned and other issues related to provision of actual medical aid to people, their efficient treatment and saving of people’s lives.
Fulfilment of outlined objectives is our duty and joint responsibility, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having again said that we are looking forward for support of the WHO in this noble affair.
Having expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for substantial speech and proposals, General Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus. Highly appreciated the strategy of improvement of national health protection system developed by Turkmen leader and desire to active cooperation with all interested partners.
The Director of WHO noted that big integrated work carried out in the country for improvement of health of the population including development of interrelated spheres like health protection and sports is a bright evidence of socially oriented government policy pursued under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Tedros Ghebreyesus has also said that experts have inspected preventive measures on site during recent mission of WHO to our country and gave positive feedback of the results of large-scale work carried out in the country.
During the session, the WHO General Director has noted importance of initiatives, which are significant for entire humankind, proposed by the President of Turkmenistan. In this context, the willingness of the World Health Organization to study in details all proposals of Turkmenistan leader and to carry out joint activity has been expressed.
In the end of the session, the Head of Turkmenistan and Head of the World Health Organization expressed the willingness for expansion of cooperation and consolidation of efforts in combating on new threats and challenges for public health protection.
After the session, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov called Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister R. Meredov and Minister of Health Protection and Medical Industry N. Amannepesov. During the session, the utmost objectives proposed during online session with the Head of the WHO have been reviewed and their practical implementation has been discussed.
It was mentioned that fulfilment of the plans requires responsible and scientifically based approach. The reports on current work and measures for solution of set objectives have been also presented.
Having highlighted the currency of issues reviewed at the session with the Head of the World Health Organization, the Head of Turkmenistan said that it is important to give efficient character to established relations with international structures and implement practical measures for successful fulfilment of given objectives
In this regard, specific assignments have been given. The necessity to put all efforts for improvement o efficiency of taken measures taking into account time requirements has been noted.
Having stated with delight that all initiatives made by Turkmenistan during the session with the Head of the WHO were fully supported, the Head of the State ordered to arrange coordinated work with relative structures.
In particular, the President of the country requested to activate cooperation in scientific diplomacy, to make necessary conditions for systematic exchange of information between medical scientists, experts and specialists of other spheres.
Highlighting importance of taken practical measures, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to adhere to recommendations of competent international structures and continue active cooperation with WHO.
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President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip ErdoğanMonday, 03 August 2020 21:26
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two states exchange congratulations and best wishes on occasion of Eid al Adha. Having noted that this holiday, which is based on the principles of humanity, embodies goodwill and high spiritual and moral values, the sides expressed confidence that Eid Al Adha would give new stimuli to further strengthening of understanding and mutual heal in Muslim world.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the Republic of Turkey is fraternal state for Turkmenistan, cooperation with which has long-term and strategic character.
During the conversation, the sides have noted with delight that Turkmen – Turkish friendly relations receive new content at present time and implementation of joint projects supports to better interstate dialog.
Turkey is one of the countries, with which Turkmenistan successfully develops trade and economic relations, the Leader of the Nation said, having focused on importance of using significant potential for expansion of productive relations in this direction and rendering relative support to each other if it is necessary.
Having confirmed the commitment of two countries to unbreakable fraternal relations, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan noted that all efforts would be put for further strengthening of interstate relations.
Discussing current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides have spoken of the coronavirus pandemic.
Having highlighted that Turkmenistan supports the efforts of the world community in combating of spread of this dangerous infection, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that efforts of all countries have to be consolidated for achievement of specific results.
In this regard, Turkmen leader confirmed invariable willingness of our country to cooperate in development of new methods in this direction.
Continuing the subject and having expressed gratitude to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for special attention of personal contribution to strengthening of interstate relations, the President of Turkmen state expressed gratitude for provided support and medical appliances and personal protective equipment sent to our country. the Head of the State noted that this fact is considered as a symbol of unbreakable friendship between two countries.
In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha, having wished health and success to each other and peace and prosperity to people of two countries.
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President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed regret and deep concern about the illness of the King of Saudi Arabia and his hospitalization.
“I am sure that due to your vital energy and inflexible will, you will soon recover,” the Turkmen leader noted.
“I pray the Almighty to send Your Majesty the strength for a speedy recovery and success in tireless work for the happiness and well-being of the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov says in his address.
Continuing the conversation, the President of Turkmenistan and the King of Saudi Arabia congratulated each other on Eid al-Adha, which symbolizes humanism and charity. Noting that this holiday inspires for achievement of new creative goals, unites peoples, the parties expressed confidence in strengthening mutual understanding and solidarity throughout the Muslim world.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the importance of the dialogue with Saudi Arabia, expressing satisfaction with the high level of the Turkmen-Saudi relations based on a mutual interest to intensify interaction. In this context, the President of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to King Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for his personal contribution to strengthening cooperation.
Discussing the global agenda, the President of Turkmenistan and the King of Saudi Arabia underlined the importance to develop a coordinated approach to address the crucial problems of our time, one of which is the coronavirus pandemic, which had a negative impact on international economic relations.
In this regard, the Turkmen leader expressed belief that the consolidation of the efforts of all states and the development of new methods for preventing and combating COVID-19 would contribute to achieving the desired results.
Reaffirming the commitment of the two countries to strengthening interstate cooperation, the leaders of the two states expressed confidence in the successful development of dialogue across the entire spectrum of areas.
In conclusion, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and King of Saudi Arabia Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz Al Saud once again exchanged good wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, wishing peace and prosperity to the peoples of the two countries.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Telephone conversation between President of Turkmenistan and President of the Republic of UzbekistanMonday, 27 July 2020 17:37
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation.
The Turkmen leader cordially congratulated his Uzbek colleague on his 63rd anniversary - the age of the Prophet Muhammad.
Underlining the importance of this significant date in the life of every Muslim, deeply revered in Islam, the President of Turkmenistan wished Shavkat Mirziyoyev good health, happiness, as well as new successes in all undertakings and aspirations for the benefit of the people of Uzbekistan.
Highly evaluating the achieved level of interstate relations, the parties emphasized the mutual commitment to strategic cooperation, the development and comprehensive enhancement of which meets the fundamental interests of the fraternal peoples, since ancient times linked by bonds of inviolable friendship and good neighborliness.
The interlocutors called for intensifying the traditional mutually beneficial partnership, and not only on a bilateral, but also on a multilateral basis - within authoritative international and regional organizations, in particular the CIS, which the Republic of Uzbekistan presides over this year.
During the telephone conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev exchanged views on a number of aspects of world problems, expressing satisfaction with the coincidence of the approaches and positions of the parties on key issues on the agenda, primarily related to ensuring global peace, security and prosperity.
Speaking about the global problem of our time - a pandemic of a new type of coronavirus infection, which has a negative impact on international economic relations, the heads of the two states noted the development of a coordinated approach in combating the spread of this dangerous disease, as well as regular sanitary and quarantine measures.
In this regard, the importance and timeliness of the initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader on the active use of the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy and the creation of an international Council of medical scientists were emphasized.
Particular attention was focused on the general problem of the Aral Sea, the drying up of which had a negative impact on the climate, ecology, and health of people living in the Aral Sea region and far beyond its borders.
The President of Turkmenistan noted that natural factors could contribute to the transfer of various infections over long distances by dusty air currents that form in the Aral Sea zone.
Supporting this opinion, Shavkat Mirziyoyev spoke about the steps taken in Uzbekistan, in particular, planting saxaul at the bottom of the dried Aral Sea.
Turkmenistan also implements a number of measures. In particular, special forest protection strip was planted in the Dashoguz velayat to filter dusty winds blowing from the Aral Sea.
Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed confidence that the existing high level of trust and mutual understanding would continue to serve as a solid basis for the development of a constructive dialogue.
The Turkmen leader once again sincerely congratulated his Uzbek colleague on his birthday, wishing him good health and further success in responsible government activities, and peace, well-being and prosperity to the fraternal people of the neighboring country.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with the Brown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Having warmly greeted each other, Turkmen leader and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi exchanged congratulation on Eid Al Adha, having addressed wishes of wealth and prosperity to fraternal people of two countries. The confidence that this beautiful holiday, which has been embodying triumph of high spiritual values like humanity, good behaviour and nobility throughout the ages, would continue supporting the strengthening of solidarity of the Muslim world.
The sides have stated with delight that traditionally friendly relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates are steadily developed distinguishing by high level of understanding and close cooperation in political and diplomatic, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed AL Nahyan for special attention and personal contribution to the strengthening of Turkmen – Emirati relations and expansion of beneficial partnership between two countries.
Perspectives of interstate relations, which are built on the principles of mutual respect, have been discussed in the telephone conversation. In this regard, special attention has been paid to realization of agreements reached earlier including the agreements between the Foreign Ministries, as well as to diversification of the partnership in different spheres, development of new forms of active cooperation.
The President of Turkmenistan and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi have also shared the opinions on the problem of regional and global level, having highlighted the subject of COVID-19 pandemic.
Turkmen leader confirmed the commitment of our state to the global combating against the virus, having highlighted importance of active international cooperation, necessity to consolidate efforts of all countries for efficient combating of this threat.
In the end of the conversation, having expressed the confidence that interstate dialog would continue based on trust, transparency and understanding, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahayn wishes of strong health and success in all beginnings to each other and peace and prosperity to the nations of two countries.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with the King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Warmly greeting each other, the Head of Turkmenistan and the King of Bahrain expressed satisfaction with the opportunity to exchange opinions on conditions and perspective Turkmen – Bahraini dialog as we as to discuss some aspects of international politics.
The President of Turkmenistan congratulated the King of Bahrain on sacred Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha, which embodies high moral values, having wished him strong health and happiness and peace, wealth and prosperity to the people of friendly country.
During the conversation, Turkmen leader and the King of Bahrain have given high appraisal to interstate dialog, which received new content in modern historical age. Having confirmed mutual commitment of Turkmenistan and the Kingdom of Bahrain to the course to further development of the partnership, the sides specified its key vectors in the context of agreements reached earlier and perspectives of expansion of cooperation in trade and economic, humanitarian and cultural fields.
It was highlighted that Turkmen – Bahraini relations, which were initially built on the principles of equality and mutual respect, are actively developed in all directions.
Continuing the conversation, the Head of Turkmenistan and the King of Bahrain exchanged the opinions of current subjects of regional and global problems. In this context, the subject of spread of new coronavirus, which has covered wide geographic space and makes negative impact on life of many countries and people, has been highlighted.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that Turkmenistan supports efforts of the world community in combating against COVID-19 pandemic and stands for development of agreed measures for successful counteraction against this dangerous threat.
In the end of the conversation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa have exchanged good wishes on occasion of Eid Al Adha, having addressed wishes of peace, goodness and prosperity to fraternal nations.
Early in the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is currently on leave, made a walk in the foothills of Kopetdag Mountains. Turkmen leader was accompanied by alabay Pal’van.
The century-old practice of Turkmen nation shows that walking out of the alabays in mountain gorges supports strengthening of thoroughbred characteristics of this mighty dogs.
Brave Turkmen alabays, together with fast ahalteke horses, are integral part of our rich national cultural heritage.
Opening of specialized kennel, which has been built by the initiative of the Head of the State in Ak Bugday District, Ahal Velayat, is an evidence of huge attention paid to the formation of valuable gene pool of the alabays, improvement of culture of dog breeding and its systematic provision.
This event has fallen on the publishing of book “Turkmen alabay” by the President of the country, which reveals important role of these wonderful dogs in life and destiny of our people.
The opening of specialized kennel “Türkmen alabaý itleri”, which has started systematic activity for development of this legendary dog breed, became an evidence of special attention paid by the Government to protection of unique watch dogs.
Taking into account increased interest in the alabays bred by our talented ancestors, which was observed in the last years, the utmost attention is paid to correct training of dogs, protection and development of their outstanding thoroughbred characteristics.
Foundation of Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Association, which first session took place on May 7 last year, has served to further popularization of one of the best breed of watchdogs.
Enhancement of the best traditions of national dog breeding school in the context of objectives of breeding the alabays on systematic base, application of methods of national selection and modern achievements of the world science are among the priority directions of activity of the Association.
Turkmens have always valued these big dogs for their unlimited dedication. Vigilant to the enemy, having no equal to it as a watchdog, which shepherds are well aware of, the alabay has been protecting his master and everything surrounding him like home, family and children, which is most important, with loyalty. Therefore, the alabay is a personification of unlimited affection, trust and friendship. These are the main concepts that have been put into the logotype of the Association.
Opening of veterinary clinic and home animal complex, which were built in Anau, was an important step aimed at further development and popularization of Turkmen alabays and formation of modern system of canine activity and dog breeding. Chairman of Türkmen Alabaý Itler Association S. Berdimuhamedov took part in the opening ceremony.
The vet clinic represent an entirely new word in services given to home pets. This is a modern treatment and diagnostic centre provided with advanced medical equipment and designated for diagnosing of animal diseases and professional treatment.
Complex for temporarily care of pets has been built next to the vet clinic. Zoo hotel is also the first facility of such kind in Turkmenistan, which was established on the government level. The complex is designated for temporary stay of cats, dogs, birds, etc. as well as for fish, for which special fish tanks have been built. It has all conditions for comfortable stay of animals, prevention of its possible runaway or receiving injuries during the stay, provision of veterinary aid in case it is necessary.
Increased interest to the alabays, which were bred in Turkmen land, observed recently is mainly caused by personal attitude of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, owning to whom an old glory of watchdogs is growing every day increasing number of their lovers all over the world.
Therefore, taking into account big number of people wishing to join Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Association, especially canine specialists and dog breeders from all over the world who express interest in these dogs, the Association will probably acquire an international status.
From their side, the members of the Association say that they will continue scientific and selection work aimed at protection of purity of the breed, developing of new lines, increment of livestock of Turkmen alabays. It was also decided to develop the projects of similar veterinary complexes for regional offices of the Association.
In addition, projects of pedigree centres in Ashgabat and the regions as well as alabay exhibition centre in Ashgabat have been developed and under implementation.
This fact is another evidence of active care of this breed of dogs, which are recognized as national heritage, taken on the government level.
The alabays are special theme in literature works of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Thus, the Head of the State dedicated a verse to the dog:
You are a hero, my alabay,
You are a valiant, my alabay,
You are a brave if you need, alabay,
You are pride of Turkmens, my alabay!
It has become a good tradition in the country to hold international ahalteke horse beauty contest in the country every year, which is another indication of the importance paid to popularization of national values made by our people throughout the centuries.
In this context, development of proposal on organization of similar international contest, which will demonstrate skills, unique characteristics and distinguishing features of the breed, is very current.
Turkmen leader with Pal’van, the alabay, which is bred in Türkmen Alabaý Itleri Business Entity made a walk across picturesque mountain foothills. Forest zones on mountain slopes and peaks provide the formation of favourable microclimate in this place.
Walking is an integral part of century-old national traditions in breeding and training of the alabays, which as President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes improve the relations between master and pet.
The interest in alabays has significantly increased in the last years. Our brave dogs have deservingly occupied leading positions among the watchdog breeds of the world. This big and physically strong animals, which at the same time are distinguished with friendly character, become more popular not only in the country but also far beyond its borders.
That is why, the protection and development of outstanding characteristics of the alabay, collection and compilation of practice of breeding, exchanged of knowledge are current and important objectives today. Strict adherence to ancient traditions of breeding and training of this dog will help to protect its distinguishing features, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes.
Decision on installation of the sculpture of the world-famous alabay was another evidence of high respect paid to loyal companion of Turkmen people.
In his book “Turkmen Alabay” the Head of the State highlights that alabay is our national pride, heritage of the Motherland, a value that was made by our ancestors. Our duty is to protect and to bring this value to future generation in its all magnificence.
Having finished walking with the alabay, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left the place of event.