Strasbourg, 20 February 2020 – The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Anders Knape, will pay an official visit to Georgia from 22 to 25 February 2020, organised in the framework of the Georgian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Accompanied by Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer, the president will hold meetings with senior representatives of national and local Georgian institutions and authorities. The talks will focus, among other things, on the decentralisation strategy that the Georgian government has just adopted in response, in particular, to the recommendations made by the Congress following its monitoring visit in 2018. Other topics of discussion will be the priorities of the Georgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Congress's co-operation with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG) and the Congress's co-operation programmes in the country.
In Tbilisi, Anders Knape will meet with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Lasha Darsalia and the Vice-premier and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Mrs Maya Tskitishvili. He will also hold meetings with the Deputy Chairman of Parliament, Mr Kakhaber Kuchava, the Mayor of Tbilisi and the head of the Georgian Delegation to the Congress and President of NALAG, Mr Kakha Kaladze, and the Public Defender, Ms Lomjaria Nino.
Meetings are also scheduled in Gori with the Mayor, Mr Konstantin Tavzarashvili, and the Governor of Shida Kartli region, Mr Giorgi Khojevanishvili.
Meetings with the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr Irakli Kobakhidze, and with the members of the Georgian delegation to the Congress will complete the visit.
The Congress comprises two chambers: the Chamber of Local Authorities and the Chamber of Regions. It has 324 full and 324 substitute members, who represent more than 150,000 European local and regional authorities.
President of the Congress: Anders Knape (Sweden, EPP/CCE), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities: Xavier Cadoret (France, SOC/G/PD), President of the Chamber of Regions: Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP/CCE).
Political groups: Group of Socialists, Greens and Progressive Democrats (SOC/G/PD), Group of the European Peoples Party (EPP/CCE), Independent Liberal and Democratic Group (ILDG), European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)
PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “TURKMENISTAN AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: COOPERATION FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT”Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:04
On January 14, 2020, the International Conference “Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development” dedicated to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan in the year of 2020 marked by “Turkmenistan – Home of Neutrality” has started in Ashgabat.
The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated to the ceremonial opening of the International Conference.
The representatives of respected international organizations arrived to Ashgabat to attend the Conference. Also, the heads and representatives of the Government of Turkmenistan, regional executives of international organizations, including the UN, OSCE, EU, World Bank, EBRD, ADB and others, as well as the chiefs of diplomatic corps accredited in Ashgabat and representatives of local and foreign mass media participated to the event.
Speaking at the opening of the Conference, the President of Turkmenistan noted that Turkmenistan has chosen the model which has gained the name - Positive Neutrality and formulated its fundamental principles: peace-loving, noninterference in the affairs of other governments, respect of their sovereignty and territorial unity, nonparticipation to the international military organizations and pact. He added that Turkmenistan became a reliable ally and effective partner of the United Nations in the process of preserving and sustaining political stability in the region, developing good neighborly relations, friendship and cooperation.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Ms. Natalia Gherman, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Ms. Elena Panova, Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Ms. Natalya Drozd, Charge d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Turkmenistan Mr. Lubomir Frebort, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia Ms. Ashita Mittal, Officer-in-Charge of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski, and the Director of UNHCR Regional Office Ms.Yasuko Oda gave speeches during the Conference.
During the speeches, the unique character of the policy of Neutrality of Turkmenistan was stated which is implemented under the leadership of the Leader of nation and aimed at the attainment of global missions on sustaining stability, economic growth and security exclusively by peaceful means with the support of coordinated actions of all the participants of the international community.
In the framework of the Conference, the Annual Action Plans for 2020 were signed between the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the State Committee for Statistics and UNFPA, between the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Office of Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, between the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, between the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, between the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan and UNFPA, as well as the Annual Joint Action Plan for 2020 in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Representation of the United Nations on cooperation in coordination of preparedness and response to emergency.
The work of the International Conference “Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development” will continue in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in the format of plenary sessions.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has left on the working visit for Russian Federation for participation in informal meeting of the CIS country members. The Head of the State has been seen off in Ashgabat International Airport by officials.
Being a chairing country of the CIS in 2019, our country has approached this mission in the most responsible manner trying to support the expansion of multidimensional cooperation and giving new stimulus to it on the CIS space.
Sessions of the heads of the Governments of the CIS and Summit of the Heads of the Commonwealth states, which resulted in adoption of the Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation of the CIS Country members initiated by Turkmen side, have been held on high level in Ashgabat.
Our country always confirms that is willing to be a platform for important integrational processes. Big events related to activity of the CIS, which includes those related to profile and humanitarian cooperation, are held regularly in Turkmenistan.
Pursuing the policy, which is based on the principles of peace-loving and goodwill, taking into account national and common interests, equal beneficial partnership, Turkmenistan big considerable contribution to strengthening of peace and stability, development of wide fruitful cooperation on bilateral and multilateral base in the CIS.
Turkmen leader proposed new ideas and initiatives for intensification of relations at the session of the CIS Heads of the States in Ashgabat on October 11.
Strategy of economic cooperation under the CIS has to be adequate with the changes happening in global economy, the Head of Turkmenistan said at the forum.
It is necessary to respond promptly to these trends, take into account their content and direction, use existing competitive advantages for the formation and promotion of economic agenda of the CIS in the context of the global economic processes.
First, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined such strategic directions as energy, industry, transport and trade, having spoken for implementation of large-scale and long-term projects in these fields.
Efficient cooperation of the CIS countries under important international organizations has also been continued in 2019. The Commonwealth countries steadily upheld the principles of equality and respect in interstate relations, stood for the assertion of the culture of peace and dialog in the global agenda, strengthening of stability and security and were making significant contribution to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In this context, it is worth to mention the established practice of mutual support of the CIS countries during review and adoption of important resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, voting for candidacies in the UN electoral bodies.
For example, on September 12 this year, the UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted the Resolution on declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust initiated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the co-authorship of 73 member states. All CIS countries expressed their support and solidarity in realization of this proposal, which is important for strengthening of peace and security, in willingness to work to achieve the goals set out in this document.
Further development of interstate humanitarian dialog is an important objective in the activity of the CIS. In this aspect, it is worth to mention a success of the XIV Forum of Cultural personnel of the CIS countries in Ashgabat last May. Number of other important social and cultural events has been held in the Commonwealth countries.
Turkmenistan aims at wide and comprehensive development of relations in scientific and educations, cultural, sport, tourism and other spheres of humanitarian partnership, which is absolute factor of strengthening of relations of friendship and understanding between the nations of our countries.
…After few hours, the President’s aircraft has landed in Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport where President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was met by officials as well as by the members of Turkmen delegation.
From the airport, the motorcade of the President of Turkmenistan went to the place of current meeting of the Heads of the CIS member states.
Upon arrival, Turkmen leader was cordially greeted by Russian Leader Vladimir Putin.
President of the Republic of Azerbainjan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Ministers of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashimyan, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, First President of te Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon took part in the summit as well.
Informal summit of the Heads of the CIS countries in narrow format took place after mutual greetings.
Such informal meetings of the CIS leaders on the threshold of New Year have become a tradition. This is another opportunity to sum up the outcomes of joint work and to exchange plans for coming period.
In general, this year was very fruitful and effective for the Commonwealth of Independent States. All events planned under chairing of Turkmenistan, which resulted in important agreements on cooperation in political, trade, economic and humanitarian sphere, have been held.
Signing of the Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation as well as adoption of the Action Programme for activation of partnership between foreign ministries of the CIS country members, which would give strong impulse to development of comprehensive cooperation between our countries, are among significant achievements. In addition, cultural agenda of the Commonwealth has also been very sufficient.
Opening the meeting, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin noted that the heads of the states have made a decision of joint work for preparation to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Great Patriotic War.
During informal meeting, the President of Russian Federation told to his colleagues about archive materials related to the beginning of the World War II and offered to see special exhibition of these documents. The presented archive materials, newsreels, photos speak of the events lead to the major world conflict. The exposition covers the period of 1938 – 1939.
The 75th anniversary of the Great Victory is very important for all nations of the Commonwealth states. Many things are done in our countries for protection of historical memory about soldiers and officers as well as about those who made significant contribution to the victory over fascism by their hard work.
As is known, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed to hold flower laying ceremonies to the Victory memorials and to organize celebration fireworks dedicated to the anniversary in all CIS countries on May 9, 2020.
Turkmenistan is also ready to provide comprehensive support and assistance in organization of the main events for preparation and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic War, the Head of the State said at the Summit of the CIS leaders in Ashgabat on October.
At the same time, the Message of the Heads of the CIS country members to the people of the Commonwealth and the world community in relation with the 75th anniversary of the Victory of Soviet people in the 1941 – 1945 Great Patriotic War has been adopted.
It is worth reminding that this year, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was awarded with the Medal for the Merits in development of humanitarian cooperation for personal contribution to expansion of the dialog between the nations, cooperation in science, education, culture and sports from International Fund of Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS country members.
Being of the CIS chairing country, Turkmenistan felt invariable support of its work in the status from other states of the Commonwealth. There is big joint work ahead including for expansion and diversification of economic relations between the countries, increment of trade, implementation of innovative methods and model into management practice, entry to new infrastructural projects.
Next year, Turkmenistan will celebrate the 25th anniversary of international recognition of the permanent neutrality of the country. It is necessary to mention that all countries of the CIS supported the UN General Assembly Resolution on permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan on December 12, 1995.
Completion its mission of the CIS chairing country, Turkmenistan aims at comprehensive realization of all goals declared at the high-level forums held this year including for strengthening of trust and understanding between the CIS countries, support of initiatives aimed at stability and security in the Commonwealth, improvement of level of its cooperation with international organizations, enhancement of political and diplomatic collaboration by activation of partnership between foreign departments of the CIS countries.
Speaking of giving of relevant impulses to the activity of the CIS, the Head of Turkmenistan highlights that new modern structures and models of partnership, both within the Commonwealth as well as in cooperation with other states and international economic institutions, are required today.
They have to match ever-changing realities of the global economy, formation of new economic centres, comprehensive implementation of innovations, digital technologies. All of these requires certain rethinking of the character of our cooperation, entry to new perspective directions in addition to traditional ones, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov says.
Important factor of the CIS activity is that it follows the goals and fundamental principles, which are laid in the base of modern international partnership. For the year of its existence, the CIS protected its directions as a format of cooperation, which is based on good will of the members, equality, understanding and respect.
Following these principles provides resilience and flexibility to the Commonwealth of Independent States, opens new edges and perspectives of partnership, provides existence of the CIS as an integral element of the system of international stability and security.
Current informal high-level meeting can be considered as another evidence of mutual intent and resolution to bring traditional partnership to new level, to give constructive character to it taking into account gained positive practice of cooperation, huge economic and resource potential.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan participates in the Consultative meeting of the heads of the Central Asian statesMonday, 02 December 2019 12:06
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a working visit in Tashkent, participates in the second Consultative meeting of the heads of the Central Asian states.
The President of Turkmenistan headed to the Kuksaroý Palace – the venue for the official events of the Summit. First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon also arrived in Tashkent to take part in the meeting of the heads of the Central Asian states.
After the traditional ceremony of photographing, the heads of the five Central Asian states headed to the small conference hall of the Kuksaroý Palace to hold a top-level pentalateral meeting.
The agenda of the Summit includes the issues on expanding regional cooperation in political, trade and economic, investment, transport and communication, cultural and humanitarian areas and other spheres, as well as the exchange of views on the key aspects of international issues and regional security.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The Presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan agree on approaches to activation of interstate dialogMonday, 02 December 2019 10:41
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has left on the working trip to the Republic of Uzbekistan for discussion of perspectives of Turkmen – Uzbek cooperation as well as for participation in the II Consultative meeting of the Heads of Central Asian States.
In Islam Karimov International Airport, which was decorated with the State Flags of the member states of the Summit, Turkmen leader was met by the offiicials of the Republic of Uzbekistan – Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov, Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov as well as members of the Government delegation of Turkmenistan.
Motorcade of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to the Kuksaroý State Residence where the meeting of the Heads of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan took place.
Upon arrival, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was warmly greeted by Uzbek Leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Having exchanged friendly handshakes, the leaders of two country took photo on the background of the State flags.
After, Uzbek Leader invited the Head of Turkmenistan to enter the Hall of bilateral meetings where talks with participation of members of the Government delegations took place.
Cordially greeting President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed confidence that current meeting would give strong impulse to cooperation between our countries.
Having expressed gratitude to the Head of the Republic of Uzbekistan for warm welcome, hospitality and conditions for effective work, Turkmen leader noted that condition of bilateral relations and current international affairs would be discussed at current talks.
Wide spectrum of subjects related to current condition and perspectives of Turkmen- Uzbek partnership has been discussed during the talks. At the same time, fruitful character of activity of Joint Commission for trade and economic, scientific and technical cooperation, which last session was held in Ashgabat on November 23 this year, has been highlighted.
Sharing the visions on political collaboration, the sides confirmed mutual willingness to develop cooperation for achievement of firm and long-term peace, support of stability in Central Asia, establishment of mechanisms of prevention and non-admittance of conflict situations. In this regard, the importance of cooperation in such current issues as combating against terrorism, extremism, transboundary crime, illegal drug trafficking has been highlighted.
Provision of regional security, in particular, regulation of the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan, was one of the subjects of the talks. In this context, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted active position of Turkmenistan in the efforts for stabilization of situation in Afghanistan, in particular, the importance of initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on this issue, which received wide support of the world community.
Rapid restoration of social and economic infrastructure of Afghanistan, implementation of major projects aimed at inclusion of the country to regional world economic relations are vitally required today. Following this, Turkmenistan pays special importance to realization of big infrastructural projects with participation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, including energy, transport, communication project, the President highlighted.
All these projects are able to make positive effect on the situation in the neighbouring state, play actual role in restoration of the economy and social sphere, change to peaceful and creative life.
Intent of two countries to continue constructive cooperation on the platform of competent structures such as the United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States, Islamic Cooperation Organization, to coordinate joint measures in international arena and to support each other has been confirmed.
Exchanging the opinions on strategic vectors of Turkmen – Uzbek partnership, it was noted that energy is one of priorities of such partnership. Gas line from Turkmenistan to China, which was put into operation in December 2009, part of which cross Uzbekistan, was named as an example of successful cooperation in this sphere. Construction of another gas line along Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan – Tajikistan – Kyrgyzstan – China route with output capacity of 25 billion cubic meters per year with on the agenda.
Transport sphere is among the main vectors of interstate cooperation. In this context, it was noted that efforts of our countries would be able and have to be aimed at achievement of the main target – the establishment of powerful and modern infrastructure, which could provide the unification of transport systems of Central Asia, Europe and Middle East.
In particular, willingness of Turkmenistan to joint work on transport route Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan – Caspian Sea – South Caucasus with entry to the seaports of Georgia, Turkey, Romania and other states has been highlighted.
Turkmen leader noted the importance of opening of motor and railway bridge across the Amudarya in March 2017. This event not only made positive effect of the course of bilateral trade and economic partnership but also became a part of the system of regional transport communication.
In the context of diversification of continental transport flows, Turkmenistan is willing to review the capabilities of railway connection along Central Asia – China routes with Uzbekistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that potential of cooperation in fuel, energy and transport spheres is required today as never else and not only on regional level but from economic development and trade across entire Asian continent point of view, where our region is to play an important role.
Continuing the subject, the intent of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, both as the countries that have taken course toward creation of powerful energy and transport infrastructure, to consolidate their efforts, to act in coordination with potential partners in the world and regional platforms, in specialized international organizations and financial institutes has been confirmed. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed to involve foreign and other profile departments of both countries more actively in this work.
It is necessary to note the initiative of Turkmen leader about the second UN Global Transport Conference in the context of transport issues, in which special attention has to be paid to the potential of Central Asia.
Speaking of water problems, the sides noted that review and solution of these problems have to be on the base of universal standards of international law, mutual respect and consideration of interests of all countries of the region with participation of specialized international organization. The countries have positive experience in solution of water management issues, established practice of regular meetings of profile specialists of two countries.
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan stand for improvement of activity of International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea as well as plan to cooperate in implementation of the UN Convention on combating desertification.
Switching to the subject of bilateral cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the Republic of Uzbekistan is our old and reliable economic partner.
We highly appreciate reached level of relations between our countries in different spheres, experience of cooperation in the government and department level, the President of Turkmenistan said.
Having noted the presence of big potential, which has to be fully implemented, the Head of Turkmenistan assured that existing volumes and dynamics of mutual trade are satisfactory.
Recently, its indicators has tendency of growth, the Head of the State highlighted, having focused on the fact that Joint Turkmen – Uzbek Commisson for trade and economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation has to develop specific proposals for diversification of mutual trade, increment of not only quantitative but also qualitative criteria.
The Agreement o economic cooperation in 2018 – 2020 and Agreement on supply of goods have been signed for further expansion of bilateral trade and economic relations, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having spoken of the necessity of clear and strict fulfilment of provisions of these documents.
Having highlighted that our countries established powerful industrial and agrarian base and also have transport infrastructure, the sides spoke for use of these factors for expansion of trade and attraction of investments.
In addition, there are opportunities for intensification of cooperation in agrarian sphere and between business communities of two countries, realization of joint projects in such spheres as agriculture, textile industry, heavy engineering, gas processing, construction of infrastructural facilities, motor and railway roads.
Opportunities of use of Caspian port infrastructure by Central Asian countries for increment of their export to European, Russian and Caucasian markets have been discussed at first Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan last August. In this regard, Turkmen side has confirmed the willingness to review the proposals of Uzbek colleagues.
Cooperation in humanitarian sphere was an important subject of the agenda. Mutual intent to coordinate efforts for development of international tourism, to continue practice of Days of culture and cinema has been expressed.
The sides spoke for steadfast development of direct regional relations, establishment of beneficial partnership between entrepreneurs of border regions.
Having spoken for the necessity of giving strong impulse to interstate cooperation in scientific, technical and educational spheres, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan has proposal on establishment of joint scientific council, which would unite potential of scientists of two countries in fundamental and applied science.
The activity of this structure is to serve for effective exchange of practice in these spheres, to support studies in different perspective directions taking into account economic requirements of our states, - Turkmen leader said.
Having noted long-term character of cooperation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed confidence that this visit, during which priorities of interstate dialog have been specified, outlined the targets of further joint work and would improve fraternal and friendly bilateral relations.
In the end of the talks, the leaders of two countries exchanged good wishes, having confirmed the willingness for activation of bilateral cooperation.
After, the meeting was continued in ono-on-one format.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev highlighted that the visit of the Head of Turkmenistan is considered in Uzbekistan as another step to strengthening of bilateral relations.
Having expressed the gratitude to Uzbek colleague for invitation to visit Tashkent for participation in the second consultative meeting of the heads of Central Asian countries and hospitality, Turkmen leader confirmed invariable commitment of our country to the course of beneficial partnership with Uzbekistan.
Continuing the meeting, the sides highlighted that effectiveness of interstate dialog is provide by the similarity of interests and presence of huge potential for intensification of productive relations. At the same time, it was said that the sides pays great attention to expansion of trade and economic contacts. In this context, speaking of important role of Intergovernmental Turkmen _Uzbek Commission, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev spoke for further expansion of the partnership between business circles of two states.
The sides spoke for increment of volumes of trade and investments, implementation of joint projects in energy, communication, industrial spheres such as food, chemical, electro technical and light industries.
Cooperation in transport sphere was also a subject of discussion. Mutual interest in effective use of capabilities of communication systems, transport corridors running across both countries has been highlighted.
Having outlined agriculture, heavy engineering, gas processing, construction of infrastructural facilities among priority spheres of cooperation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that it is necessary to enter joint projects in these spheres.
At the same time, the importance of activation of the partnership in cultural, scientific and educational spheres as well as sin sports has been noted.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged the views on number of current issues of regional and international policy.
Sharing the visions of the subjects of agenda of the Summit of the heads of Central Asian state, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that priority directions of cooperation in near and long-term perspective would be outlined, current vectors of regional partnership would be discussed.
In the end of the meeting, having expressed gratitude to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev for personal input to development of bilateral relations, Turkmen leader wished strong health and success in the government activity to his Uzbek colleague and peace, progress and prosperity to fraternal nation of neighbouring state.
In his turn, having expressed gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his personal input to development of interstate dialog, the Head of Uzbekistan addressed best wishes to Turkmen leader.
Upon the completion of Turkmen – Uzbek high-level talks in the Kuksaroý Palace, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov looked around the book exposition written by Turkmen leader and published in different languages including in Uzbek language.
Books of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “Health – the Source of Happiness”, “Tea – Medicine and Inspiration”, “Culture – Priceless Treasure of the Nation” and “Living Legend” have been translated into Uzbek Language.
After, the leaders of two states went to the conference hall where the award ceremony of the title of Honoured Academic of the Academy of Science of the Republic of Turkmenistan to the President of Turkmenistan took place.
The participants was greeting Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev with great enthusiasm.
Uzbek officials, members of the government delegation of Turkmenistan, representatives f scientific circles of both countries, young Turkmen citizens studying in universities of neighbouring country were among numerous participants of the event. The Heads of friendly states took place in the presidium.
The master of ceremony warmly welcomed the leaders of the country on behalf of the participants.
Taking into account that the President of Turkmenistan is recognized scientists who has big authority in international scientific circles, author of number of encyclopaedic fundamental works dedicated to the development of modern health protection, pharmacology, economics, architecture and other fields as well as study of rich nature of Central Asia, the members of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan made a decision to award a title of the Honoured Academic of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The floor was given to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev who speaking of the walk of life and large-scale government activity of the Head of Turkmenistan – Academic of the Academy of Science of Turkmenistan, Professor, Doctor of Medical and Economic Sciences, honoured Doctor and Professor of number of famous international scientific and educational centres, noted his outstanding merits in development of modern science and fruitful cooperation in this sphere.
Uzbekistan also pays big attention to restoration and development of national traditions and crafts, the Head of friendly country said, having confirmed the willingness to improve cooperation in the sphere of protection and enhancement of historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of the nations.
Famous works of the Head of Turkmenistan like “Culture – Priceless Treasure of the nation”, “Music of Peace – Music of Friendship and Brotherhood”, “ Bakhshys – Messengers of People’s Happiness” are very popular among specialists and wide reading audience.
Strategic partnership between our countries has entered new level, the leader of neighbouring country stated with delight and announced the decision of the presidium of the Academy of science on award of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with title of Honoured Academic of the Academy of sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
This is a fact of great respect and recognition of outstanding merits of Turkmen leader in development of different branches of sciences and in strengthening of friendship and understanding between fraternal Uzbek and Turkmen peoples, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said, having congratulated high-ran guest with this honourable titles and addressed him with best wishes.
Relative Resolution was read out afterwards.
Under applauses of the participants of the ceremony, President of the Academy of Science of Uzbekistan Behzod Yuldashev put on the mantle of the honoured academic on President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and handed over the badge and relative diploma.
Girls in national dress presented bunches of flowers to the Head of Turkmen state.
The floor was given to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Speaking to the participants, Turkmen leader expressed gratitude for award of the honoured title. “I accept it as a sign of respect of Turkmenistan, reconginition of achievements of our country in scientific and educational sphere and as an evidence of friendship and growing relations of the nations of our countries”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Turkmen leader noted that goodwill cooperation between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan meets mutual interests and the goals of prosperity of the entire region.
Successfully implementing national programmes, we have achieved recognition of Turkmenistan as economically developed state that has its voice in the world system of relations and making important international initiatives on regional level and in the world community.
Our status of permanent positive neutrality was recognized two times by the United Nations. Turkmenistan is confident that peace and trust are the base of strengthening and further development of modern architecture of international relations. By the initiative of Turkmenistan, the Resolution of the UN general Assembly declared 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust, the President highlighted.
It was mentioned that support of the efforts of the world community in energy problems is one of the most important directions of diplomatic activity of Turkmenistan. Initiatives proposed by Turkmenistan for reliability and stability of energy supplies reveived wide support of the world community.
Transport is a priority direction of activity of our country in international environment including with Uzbekistan. Establishment of modern integrated, balanced and high technological transport infrastructure is an urgent time requirement and one of priority goals of the Sustainable Development Goals. Taking into account special features of cooperation in transport sphere for intercontinental state, Turkmenistan proposes to organize International Conference of Ministers of developing countries which have no access to sea, Turkmen leader said.
Speaking of the importance of consolidated approach to solution of global problems, the President of Turkmenistan has focused on the significance of wide dialog on the problems of the climate change, natural protection and use of water resources.
Water diplomacy provides active and interested cooperation with other states, first of all with neighbouring ones, for coordination of activities in water and energy spheres. In this regard Turkmenistan sees its target in achievement of regional consensus based on recognized standards of international law, mutual respect and taking into account of the interests of all states of the region with participation of international organizations, - the Head of the State highlighted.
The President continued that achievements in internal development is the main preposition of foreign success of the country. The growth of the GDP this year in on 6.3 percent level, we expect the same indicator, which is one of the highest in the world, in the next year. Investments are the main tools of diversification of national economy. Hundreds and thousands of production and social facilities including big plants, factories, schools, hospitals, kindergartens, settlements and residential estates have been built in the country for the last several years.
Fundamental reforms have been carried out for improvement of management of agricultural complex, its restructuration and rational use of water and land resources, natural protection, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Construction of Afghan part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power and fibre optic lines is carried out.
Highlighting high level of Turkmen – Uzbek dialog, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted personal role of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in strengthening of bilateral partnership and giving new stimuli to this.
Continuing the subject, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude for active support of the Uzbekistan to big regional and international projects initiated by Turkmenistan aimed at unification of transport systems of Asia and Europe, Middle and Far East.
Special work is paid to the partnership in humanitarian sphere. In this aspect, positive practice of cooperation in science and education, regular Days of Culture and art festivals has been noted.
Finishing the speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan would observe the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutral status. Number of big international events will be held on occasion of this remarkable date in Ashgabat. It includes International Conference for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development.
Taking an opportunity, Turkmen leader invited Uzbek friends and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev personally to take part in these events.
We would be glad to see our Uzbek partners in hospitable Turkmen land! - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said and again expressed gratitude to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Board of the Academy of Sciences for award of honoured title.
Having said warm goodbye to the participants, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev went to the Hiva House of the Kuksaroý State residence where they had dinner.
Working visit of Turkmen leader to the Republic of Uzbekistan is continued.
On the same day, the members of the Government delegation of Turkmenistan had bilateral meetings in profile ministries and departments of the Republic of Uzbekistan where interested exchange of opinions on opportunities of expansion of cooperation took place.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov who arrived on official visit to the Republic of Italy had a talks with Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte and President of the country Sergio Matterella.
In the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with representative of Italian business in the Rome Cavalieri Hotel where the residence of Turkmen leader was hosted during the visit. Heads of the world famous companies like Danieli, ENI, Leonardo S.p.A, Maire Tecnimont, Valvitalia, Thales Alenia Space, Bonatti, SACE, Pietro Fiorentini took part in the meeting, which was held in the format of working breakfast.
The Head of the State outlined the meaning of major changes, which took place in the last years in Turkmenistan, for reformation of the economy providing stable high rates of development to the country.
Speaking of the cooperation with Italy, the Head of the state stated with delight that Turkmen – Italian trade and economic relation are steadily developed at modern stage resting on positive experience and traditions of the partnership.
Having noted high level of understanding and mutual trust achieved with representatives of business circles of Italy, the Head of the State assured businessmen that they will continue receiving necessary support.
The Head of the state made special mention of energy and transport as strategic spheres of Turkmen – Italian economic cooperation. At present time, Turkmenistan and its partners create ramified network of transport, transit and logistic infrastructure. It opens big perspectives for development of combined and multi-optional system of transport and transit connection from Asia to Europe, where corridor connecting Caspian and Mediterranean seas is to be an important link.
In general, current meeting is to strengthen dynamics of cooperation, to open its new directions and perspective, Turkmen leader noted, having expressed confidence that there are all prepositions for this – political will of the heads of two states, economic potential, rust and understanding.
In the end of the meeting, confidence that economic partnership of two countries would be strengthen and developed has been expressed.
In the morning, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Chigi Palace – the official residence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy. Upon arrival, the Head of the State was warmly welcomed by the Head of the Government of Italy at the square where the giard of Honour has been lined up in honour of high-rank guest.
Having exchanged friendly handshakes, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte went to special place.
National anthems of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Italy were played. The Head of Turkmen state and the Head of the Government of the Republic of Italy walked along the line of the Guard of Honour.
After traditional photographing ceremony, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov introduced members of official delegation of both countries to each other.
High-level Turkmen – Italian talks took place on the Chigi Palace afterward.
Greeting President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and having expressed gratitudefor accepting the invitation to come to Italy on official visit, Prime Minsiter Giuseppe Conte confirmed invariable interest of his country in expansion of beneficial cooperation with Turkmenistan.
It was mentioned that current meeting gives good opportunity for exchange of opinions on key subjects of partnership in different directions including in activity of business communities. Speaking of this, the Head of the Government of Italy expressed confidence that talks in Rome would support further development of bilateral cooperation, outlining of priorities taking into account long-term perspective.
Having expressed sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for cordial welcome, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that in his foreign policy, Turkmenistan pays special attention to activation and strengthening of cooperation with the countries of European Union, in particular with the Republic of Italy.
Having stated with delight positive dynamics of Turkmen – Italian dialog, the Head of the State noted that regular contacts on different levels, especially on consolidation of efforts for provision of peace, security and stability on global and regional levels, counteraction against modern challenges and threats, play big role in support of high level of successfully developing bilateral relations.
Bilateral trade and economic relations have positive indicators. Number of projects in fuel and energy sector with participation of Italian companies are successfully implemented in our country, Turkmen leader said.
Regarding the cooperation in transport section, as is known our country made number of proposals in this direction including on restoration of the Silk Road in modern conditions, which opens colossal opportunities fr development and progress in regional and global scales.
Fundamentally new direction – the transport diplomacy, one of initiators of which is neutral Turkmenistan standing for multilateral dialog on this issue under the UN and other international organization, is asserted stronger in global cooperation.
This, our country, which was historically located in the heart of the Silk Road, makes big contribution to the development of beneficial cooperation in transport and communication sector, which is one of the main segment of the world economy making direct influence on stability and balance of the world economic relations and always open for cooperation with all interested foreign partners.
Regarding the opportunities of Turkmen – Italian cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, these opportunities can be used wider taking into account diversification of the economy of Turkmenistan, opening of high technology production facilities, implementation of big national and international projects in fuel and energy complex, transport, agricultural, textile and tourism spheres.
Speaking of importance of cooperation in humanitarian and cultural sphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also noted the input of Italian scientists and archaeologists, who carry out archaeological excavation of historical places and centres of development of the world civilizations in our country for many years.
Having focused that next year, our people would observe the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutrality of Turkmenistan, the Head of the State invited the Head of the government of Italy to take part in the work of International Conference dedicated to this event and in celebrations, which would be held in Ashgabat in December 2020.
Having expressed confidence that Italian partners share the interest and willingness of Turkmen side for further intensification and promotion of beneficial interstate relations, the President wished health and big success in his responsible activity for the sake of friendly people of Italy to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Signing ceremony of bilateral documents took place under participation of the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of Italy after the talks.
The following documents have been signed: the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Italy on Air Connection, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Health Protection of the Republic of Italy on Cooperation in the sphere of Health Protection and Medical Sciences, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Protection of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Environment and Land Protection of the Republic of Italy on Cooperation in the Sphere of Risk Assessment, Adaptation and Reduction of the Impact of climate Change, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of education of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Researches of the Republic of Italy on cooperation in Educational Sphere.
After document signing ceremony, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of Italy said warm goodbye to each other, having expressed confidence in successful development of interstate relation.
After, Turkmen leader went to official residence of the President of the Republic of Italy - The Quirinal Palace, on which square the Guard of Honour has been lined up in honour of arrival of high-rank guest.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was greeted by the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella at the central entrance. National anthems of two countries were played.
The heads of the states have entered the Palace and went to the place of the meeting where President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov introduced members of official delegation of Turkmenistan to his Italian colleagues. In his turn, President Sergio Mattarella introduced members of official delegation of Italy to high-rank guest.
After joint photographing on the background of the State flag of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Italy, high-level bilateral meeting took place in extended format in the Arazzi di Lilla Hall.
Greeting high rank guest and members of Turkmen delegations, President Sergio Mattarella expressed confidence that this visit and current talks would give new stimulus to development of traditional Turkmen – Italian relations, which hav constructive, friendly and respectful character.
It was noted that Italy and Turkmenistan have old positive experience of political dialog, big potential for cooperation in trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, which provides favourable opportunities for further effective cooperation in all spectrum.
Fruitful partnership in the world arena where the sides demonstrate high level of understanding in current modern problems is also an actual factor of successful development of interstate relations.
Having confirmed commitment of Italy to wide cooperation with Turkmenistan, President Sergio Mattarella expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader for the attention and imitative approach to bilateral cooperation and bringing of it to new levels.
Having expressed gratitude to his Italian colleagues for cordiality and warm reception, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmen side consider this visit to Italy as important stage in development of interstate relations.
Turkmenistan and Italy has good experience of cooperation in subject of regional and world development. Having same or similar positions in provision of peace, stability and security, our countries support peaceful, political solution of international problems, the Head of Turkmenistan said.
This is indicated by understanding between two states in big international organizations. Turkmenistan appreciates the approach of the Republic of Italy to number of regional problem, in particular to the situation in Afghanistan. Our country stands for close international cooperation in regulation of the situation in neighbouring state by peaceful political methods, for economic support to the state and integration of Afghanistan to the world economic relations through the participation in big infrastructural projects, Turkmen leader highlighted.
Turkmenistan is willing to combat such threats as international terrorism, extremisms, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime together with Italy and world community, the Head of the State said. In general, our country see the Republic of Italy as its important partner in the world political arena.
Energy and transport are strategic directions of Turkmen – Italian partnership. Support of initiatives of Turkmen side in the sphere of stable energy by Italy speaks of similarity of approaches of both countries to this global problem. The President continued that we put diversification of energy routes to the meaning of energy security. In this context, Turkmenistan considers opportunities of delivery of its energy carriers to western direction and works together with European Commission on legal and technical aspects. We hope that Italy as competent members of the European Union would continue rendering necessary active support to this proves, the Head of the state said.
Speaking in general of productivity of using of mutual capabilities under energy dialog between Turkmenistan and Europe, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke for using of bilateral relations, available understanding in the context of activation of European vector of energy policy of our country. At the same time, the President noted that long-term goals of Turkmenistan and Italy are matching.
The Head of Turkmenistan stated that wide opportunities are opened for cooperation in transport sphere. Geographic locations of both countries allow them playing big role in development of transport and transit corridors between Asia and Europe across the regions of Central Asia and Caspian basin to Black and Mediterranean seas and states of South Europe. Therefore, strategic regional and continental systems of economic integration form up. In this case, Turkmenistan sees Italy as one of important partners not only under bilateral relations but also in the context of cooperation with European Union.
Historically, Italy played big role in relations between the East and West from old times; it served as a bridge of civilized communication between the nations of the continent. As a neutral and peace-loving state, Turkmenistan is willing to support positive processes in Eurasia together with Italy, to strive that all issues of international politics were solved at negotiation table based on the standards of international law and the UN Chapter, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Speaking of cooperation in humanitarian sphere, the Head of the State said with delight that significant part of documents signed during current visit is agreements in sphere of science, education, culture, health protection and ecology.
Speaking of importance of inter-parliamentary cooperation, Turkmen leader noted that taking into account coming reformation of national legislative body, gradual assertion of democratic principles and practices in the country, Turkmenistan is interested in relative experience of Italy.
The Head of the State highlighted that current meeting has confirmed that Italy is reliable and perspective partner of Turkmenistan. In its turn, Turkmenistan builds its relations with Italy for long-term and strategic perspective. Our country appreciates the level of understanding and trust and is ready to do all necessary for consolidation of Turkmen – Italian friendship and interstate cooperation, which meets common interests.
Having noted that condition and perspectives of cooperation in trade and economic sphere have been discussed at the talks with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that big joint business forum, which was held in Milano on November 6 and resulted in signing of dozens of contracts and agreements, would give strong impulse to bilateral partnership.
Having expressed gratitude to President Sergio Mattarella for constructive meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited his Italian colleague to visit Turkmenistan at any convenient time and wished him strong health and success in responsible government activity and prosperity to the people of Italy.
In the afternoon, the Head of the state went to the Altare della Patria Monument. This monumental complex, which is located on Venice Square on the slope of Capitol Hill, was built to mark unification of Italy. In the solemn atmosphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov put the wreath to the tomb of Unknown Soldier, having paid tribute to the memory of national heroes of the Republic of Italy.
Having completed the programme of official visit, Turkmen leader went to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport from where left for Turkmenistan.
Thus, high-level Turkmen – Italian talks in Rome, business meeting of the Head of the State with representative of big Italian business as well as joint business forum in Milano visually demonstrated the willingness of the sides for full-scale cooperation.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
After the official greeting ceremony of the distinguished guest, the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia held talks in one-on-one format.
Expressing the mutual belief that the talks in Ashgabat will promote the interstate dialogue, , the President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Malaysia exchanged views on bilateral cooperation and discussed important issues of the international agenda.
Speaking about the solid potential for the diversification of cooperation in various spheres, the parties focused on the opportunities for building up partnership in trade and economic sphere.
Speaking about the trends of development of the fuel and energy sphere, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest discussed the issues of cooperation in this strategic for the economies of the two states sector. In this regard, it was underlined the successful work of Petronas Company that for many years has worked in the oil and gas sphere of Turkmenistan and trains Turkmen specialists.
The President of Turkmenistan underlined the rich experience of this company that develops hydrocarbon resources on the Caspian shelf.
Expressing satisfaction with the positive dynamics of the bilateral trade relations and potential for increasing the mutual trade turnover, the Prime Minister of Malaysia expressed belief that the Turkmen-Malaysian dialogue would continue developing.
The distinguished guest noted that Turkmen students, getting education in the higher educational institutions of Malaysia, would become a bridge, connecting the two countries, and emphasized that the number of Turkmen students in Malaysia would significantly increase.
The Prime Minister invited President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to pay a visit to Malaysia.
The Turkmen leader and distinguished guest exchanged views on the prospects of the interstate dialogue in the humanitarian sphere, in particular in the areas of education, science and culture.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed satisfaction with the fruitful cooperation between our countries in frames of various international organizations, including the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Alignment Movement.
Discussing the world development issues, the parties focused on the significance of taking the balanced approach to address the important regional and global problems, emphasizing the importance of the economic and political integration.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left on a working trip the Republic of Azerbaijan for participation in the XVIII Summit of the heads of states and governments of the member states of the Non-Alignment Movement in Baku.
At present time, the organization, which was founded in 1961, unites 120 states located in different region of the world on the principles of non-participation in military and political blocks and peaceful coexistence of countries and nations. 17 states as well as number of competent international organizations including the UN, ICO and other have an observer status under this big association.
The main goal of the Non-alignment Movement is to support peace, security and sustainable development on the planet. As is known, these are the criteria, which put in the base of the state policy of Turkmenistan, which is provided by its permanent neutral status and firm commitment to ideals of creation and humanism. In this regard, it is necessary to highlight that our country invariably takes an active position in development of balanced solutions of current issues and problems, formation of the most effective formats of partnership required by time.
Having made a flight to Baku, the aircraft of the President landed in Heydar Aliyev International Airport where Turkmen leader has been met by officials. According to good traditions, high-rank guest was welcomed with bread and salt.
From the airport, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Baku Congress Centre, which was a venue of the Summit. Azerbaijan hosts this forum as a country that takes chairing in the Non-Alignment Movement in 2019 – 2022.
Upon arrival to the Congress Centre, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was cordially welcomed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Having exchanged friendly handshakes, the heads of two neighbouring countries took photos on the background of official banner of the Summit.
After traditional photographing ceremony of the heads of the delegation against official banner of the Forum, opening ceremony of the XVIII Summit of the Non-Alignment Movement took place in the Big Hall of the Baku Congress Centre. In general, heads of the states and government, high-rank representatives from around 160 countries and big international organizations including the UN, the Group of 77 and other organization took part in the high-level meeting.
The agenda of the Forum included wide spectrum of current subjects of regional and global issues including joint counteraction against modern challenges and threats, further measures for strengthening of positive political dialog, stimulation of fruitful cooperation in economic and humanitarian spheres.
The Summit was opened by Acting Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement – President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.
The chairmanship in the Non-alignment Movement was handed over to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
After, Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan addressed the participants with a speech.
Chairman of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has also made a speech for the participants.
Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo has read the message of the Un Secretary General to the participants of the Summit.
The floor was given to the participants of the Forum.
Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for organization of the meetings, hospitality and cordiality, atmosphere of cooperation and constructive dialog.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that serious changes have taken place, new tendencies have appeared in international politics, alternative geopolitical and geo-economic situations have emerged since previous high-level conference of the Non-alignment Movement in Venezuela.
Today, the country members of the Non-alignment Movement need consolidated and concentrated efforts aimed at the achievement of the main goal – protection and support of universal peace, strategic stability and security. This is what has to determine the intentions and actions of responsible countries on the level of global solutions as well as on local and regional directions.
- Turkmenistan is confident that despite all challenges and threats of recent time, together, we are able to find efficient tools for counteraction to these, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Special role in this is given to the Non-alignment Movement. Principles and ideals of the Movement, which were put into its foundation several decades ago, are specially required today, Turkmen leader said. They objectively match the requirements of the most pople on the planet.
- Based on them, we, state members of the Non-alignment Movement, together with other members of international community have to give new strong impulse to strengthening of universal security, having filled our activity in this direction with specific political and legal content and world outlook meaning, - the Head of the State said.
- In our opinion, restoration and assertion of trust and predictability as a base for building of constructive and balanced solution on international arena, making of weighted decisions are the key conditions for this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued.
- Understanding our responsibility for the situation in the world, Turkmenistan proposed an initiative on declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust by the United Nations General Assembly, - Turkmen leader highlighted, having focused that the General Assembly with co-authorship of 73 UN member states has adopted the above-mentioned Resolution several weeks ago on September 12.
Taking opportunity, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to the members of the Non-alignment Movement especially to the states, which co-authored the adopted Resolution, for support and solidarity in realization of this important initiative.
Continuing his speech, the President noted that combating of international terrorism is an important objective under provision of global security.
- Supporting the efforts of the world community for creation of effective international mechanisms of combating this threat, Turkmenistan stands for full realization of the UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Having noted that this work has to be carried out all around both in the world as well as on regional and national levels, the Head of Turkmen state expressed confidence that this objective is very urgent for the countries of the Non-alignment Movement, number of which directly face real or potential terrorist threat.
As is known, neutral Turkmenistan makes significant input to the strengthening of international cooperation in this direction, having determined the combating against terrorism as an integral component of strategic partnership the UN and cooperation with other competent organizations.
Turkmen leader stated in his speech that refugees are another global problem concerning many member states of the Non-alignment Movement. Many of the refugees are nationals of the member countries of this organization.
- In an effort to seek for realistic solution of refugees’ problem and having initiated wide international cooperation in this sphere, Turkmenistan in close cooperation with the UN and Islamic Cooperation Organization held international conference dedicated to this issue in May 2012, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
- Only for the last few years, our country gave citizenship to more than 20,000 refugees on national level. At the Tehran Summit in 2012, Turkmenistan proposed to include the refugee problem as an independent direction of activity of the Non-alignment Movement, - the Head of the State highlighted, having given proposal to come back to detailed review of this matter in this context.
In this regard, it is worth to mention that humanitarian direction is defined as one of the key component of home and foreign policy of the country. Turkmenistan was one of the first states in the region to pay close attention to this problem, standing for further consolidation of common efforts in solution of refugees’ and stateless persons’ issues.
Addressing the members of the Summit, the President highlighted that global economy is an important sphere of activity of the Non-alignment Movement.
- We are confident that our states have to act from consolidated positions to protect legal rights and interests of developing countries, activity protect justice and equality in international economic relations, resolutely stand against discrimination, unreasonable, sometime artificial barriers in the world trade, for recognition of economic sovereignty of the nations and states, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.
- In this case, the voice of the Non-alignment Movement has to sound firmly and strongly; we have to promote own global economic agenda responsibly, - the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted.
Regarding national economy, it received strong impulse in its development in the last years due to successful implementation of the Government strategy of Turkmen leader demonstrating stable and dynamic growth. Steadfast implementation of large-scale reformation programmes, fundamental reformation of branches of national economy provide stable progress and prosperity of our country.
Diversification and industrialization, transit to market relations, comprehensive support of private sector, active implementation of advanced information and digital technologies are priority directions of development of Turkmen economy. For example, relative Concept designated for fulfilment in 2019 – 2025 has been developed and is implemented at the request of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for digitization of the economy. All of these including major infrastructural project initiated by Turkmen leader open big opportunities for beneficial cooperation with all interested foreign partners.
Continuing his speech at the Forum, the Head of Turkmen state noted that in this context, active participation of non-aligned states in formation of global system of energy security based on fair and transparent principles, equal access to energy sources and means of its transportation, recognition and accounting of the interests of suppliers, buyers and transports of energy resources.
As is known, Turkmenistan has been taking serious measures for establishment of wide international partnership in the sphere of comprehensive energy secrutiy.
- During the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, our country plans to present Draft Resolution, which is aimed at reliable and stable transit of energy carriers and its role in sustainable development and international cooperation, - the President said.
In this regard, it is highlight that while making considerable input into creation of relative diversified infrastructure, Turkmenistan, having colossal reserves of hydrocarbon resources, initiates major projects including integrated modernization of national fuel and energy complex and formation of multidimensional pipeline system of export of energy carriers to the world markets.
Construction of transnational energy route, which transport Turkmen gas to China, as well as current project of construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, which is to support the intensification of effective cooperation between the countries in the region and to enhance their economic potential, are specific examples in this case. Opportunity to deliver Turkmen natural gas to European direction is under consideration.
At the same time, transport sphere is undoubtedly one of the basic segments of the world economy, which make direct influence on stability and balance of the world economic relations. Taking strategic geographic location and confidently strengthening its positions as important transit and transport hub and logistic centre of regional and continental significance, Turkmenistan made proposed number of initiatives in this direction, which currency and requirement have been confirmed in relative Resolution of the UN General Assembly.
Speaking at the Summit, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that solidary work of the states of the Non-alignment Movement in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals including its part about food safety may also be effective.
- We need solidarity, resolution and firmness of non-allied countries during review of the subjects of provision of access of the states and regions to food resources, guarantees of nutrition as an integral right of any individual, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Strengthening of food security is one of priorities of the government policy of Turkmenistan. Great importance is paid to fundamental reformation of agricultural complex, modernization of food industry, realization of adopted government programmes for import substitutive production and increment of export volumes in solution of set objectives for satisfaction of the populations’ demand for quality food products in wide variety.
Integrated reforms in this direction brings results. Activity and achievements of our country in food abundance have been highly accessed on international level including by Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN. Having significant practice in this sphere, Turkmenistan is willing to share its practice with the world community being always open for fruitful cooperation with foreign partners.
Addresing the participants, Turkmen leader noted that our country also stands for more focused cooperation of member states of the Non-alignment Movement on the issues of the climate change.
- In this regard, consolidation of our efforts aimed at fulfilment of 2030 Global Agenda and Paris Treaty receives special importance, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Turkmen leader said that being in the capital of one of Caspian states, he cannot help saying about universal significance of protection of Caspian Sea, its ecology and unique biological diversity.
- At the first Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan this August, our country proposed an idea of establishment of new Caspian ecological programme as a complex of natural protection measures for provision of rational use of rich natural resources of Caspian Sea, the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted. – We are planning to initiate wide dialog on this subject and looking forward to comprehensive support of the Non-alignment Movement.
Addressing the participants of the Summit, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also informed that next year, Turkmenistan would celebrate one of important dates of in its modern history – the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutral status of our country. however, there is also another remarkable event related to this date. This is 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan membership in the Non-alignment Movement.
- These dates are closely connected to each other and we would never forget and always highlighted with gratitude that it was at the Summit of the non-alignment Movement in Colombian Cartagena in October 1995 when the intent of Turkmenistan to be a neutral state received an unanimous support of non-allied countries, - the President noted. – We consider by right that this is a milestone event in promotion of the idea of neutrality of Turkmenistan and its further securing on the UN level.
- Year after that memorial event have shown that principles of our neutrality and its deep world outlook are consonant with goals and values of the Non-alignment Movement, meet expectations and intents of all nations and states who share ideals of peace-loving, equal rights, non-alignment, respect of every country, its sovereign right for own way of development, - the Head of Turkmenistan said.
Our country is the only state on the planet, which neutral and legal status based on peace-loving humanistic principles, which are inherent to Turkmen nation from ancient times, was recognized twice by the United Nations, which was set forth in the Resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. Adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaration of December 12 as International Neutrality Day is an evidence of recognition of huge contribution of Turkmenistan to strengthening of relations of peace, goodwill and harmony between the countries and peoples.
Finishing his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that number of big international events dedicated to anniversary date of Turkmen neutrality would be held in Ashgabat on December 12, 2020. It includes International Conference for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development. Taking opportunity, Turkmen leader invited all heads of the states and delegations of non-aligned countries to take part in these events.
Speech of the Head of the State was listened with interested attention and met by applauses of the members of the Forum.
On the same day, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with the President Ilham Aliyev in the Baku Congress Centre.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
In the morning, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a working visit to Tokyo, had a meeting with Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima.
Warmly greeting high-rank guest, Mr Osima noted that this is great honour for him to meet the Head of Turkmenistan. At the same time, high level of relations between two states as well as dynamic character of established parliamentarian relations has been highlighted.
Japan pays great attention to development of fruitful dialog with Turkmenistan, the Chairman of Japan’s House of Representatives said, having expressed confidence that current visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov would support further improvement of traditionally friendly bilateral relations.
Having expressed gratitude for cordial welcome and hospitality, the Head of the State taking opportunity congratulated the Speaker of the House of Representatives and friendly Japanese people on the enthronement of the Emperor Naruhito. The President noted that our countries are connected with close relations, which are based on respect of each other, equality and strive for progress.
Turkmenistan works actively with Japan in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also highlighted the importance of dialog between legislative authorities of two states.
Regular inter-parliamentary and inter-party meetings, exchange of practice in law-making sphere will support the expansion of comprehensive interstate relations. Speaking of this, the Head of the State has noted an important role of the Parliamentary League of Turkmen – Japanese friendship in improvement of cooperation in this direction.
Today, Turkmenistan follows the way of staged reformation of social and political life. Activity of government administration and legislative authorities is improved in the context of large-scale reforms. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that establishment of two-chamber Parliament by unification of the Mejlis and the People’s Council into single system of representative and legislative power authorities has been initiated at the recent session of the People’s Council.
Change to two-chamber system will give an opportunity to represent the interests of all level of Turkmen society, having provided conditions for monitoring in legal practice. In addition, it will give impulse to closer collaboration between deputies and electorate at sites, enforcement of control of fulfilment of laws and national programmes.
Continuing the meeting, the presence of significant multidimensional potential for expansion of Turkmen – Japanese partnership in trade and economic sphere has been noted. At the same time, cooperation in humanitarian sphere especially in science, education and culture received new content.
It was stated that Turkmenistan and Japan actively works in multilateral format under competent international organizations including the UN. Turkmen – Japanese cooperation under the Central Asia – Japan Dialog has a steadfast character.
In the end of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chairman of the House of Representatives of Japan Tadamori Osima expressed confidence in development of constructive cooperation that meets the interests of two countries and nations.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The visit of the President to Japan: Cooperation in education and participation in the throne ascension ceremony of the Emperor NaruhitoSunday, 27 October 2019 15:29
The day of the working visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Japan was full of important events.
The award ceremony of the academic title – the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaki University to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, took place in Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel in the morning.
Director of the Hirosaki University Sato Kei has warmly and cordially welcomed Turkmen leader in the Ballroom Hall.
The Head of Turkmen State and Director of the University went to the Ceremonial hall where professors, lecturers and students of the University as well as other high educational institutes of Japan, representatives of Japanese – Turkmen Association for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, members of the official delegation of our country have gathered to attend the ceremony.
Everybody was greeting the President of Turkmenistan – the Academic of the academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan, Doctor of Medicine and Economy, Honoured Professor of and Doctor of Sciences of number of scientific and educational centres of foreign countries with applauses.
The Hirosaki University, which was founded in 1949, is one of prestige educational institutes in the world.
Around 7,000 students study in the University. Teaching staff includes more than 2,000 specialists. The main goal of the University is to establish a flexible educational and research process for satisfaction of requirements of future generation, to form up an environment, which will allow students developing individual abilities and gaining professional skills.
The structure of the University includes humanitarian and social studies, educational, science and technologies, agriculture and natural sciences departments, medical school and health science school.
It is worth mentioning that the University has a programme of financing of investments to the spheres of development of science and technologies, which are the most perspective for the world competiveness of Japan, as well as provide support in promotion of this product to the market.
On behalf of the participants, Director of the Hirosaki University Sato Kei has warmly greeted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, having highlighted that this meeting marks new stage of development of bilateral relations in humanitarian sphere especially in science field.
The Hirosaki University has been cooperating with the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan for several years, the Director said, having noted that he was lucky to visit Ashgabat where he met the President of Turkmenistan. Another meetings took place in the fields of the II UN Conference for reduction of risks of natural disasters in Japanese Sendai in 2015.
- It is a great honour for me to take part in current event, which is held under the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor of japan, - Kei Sato highlighted.
He has also reminded the work of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “Medicinal Plants of Turkmenistan” was presented at the exhibition, which was held in the Hirosaka University in 2015. Being a huge input to the fund of the University’s library, this work serves as a manual guide for students and scientific personnel, the director noted.
Further, the decision of Scientific Board of the University on award of the Head of Turkmen State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaka University for personal contribution to development of Turkmen - Japanese relations, science and education has been announced.
In the solemn atmosphere, under storm of applauses, the Head of the University handed over relative diploma to the President.
The President of Turkmenistan expressed sincere gratitude to the staff of the leading scientific and educational center of Japan for conferring of the high title. "I consider this award as a sign of respect for Turkmenistan, the recognition of our country's achievements in the sphere of science and education, the evidence of friendship and strengthening of ties between the peoples of two countries".
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the fundamental role of science and education in the development of a society and state, specifying the investments into a human and into reveal of his abilities as the most promising one of all types of investments. All of these are investments to the future of the country, - Turkmen leader highlighted.
Referring to the history of Japan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that as is known, the country received powerful breakthrough in quality development in the end of the XIX century as the result of Meiji Restoration, important part of which lies within progressive changes in educational system.
The Head of the State described fundamental changes and integrated measures in the country for development of science and education, which are undisputable priority of the Government policy. The purpose is to implement high standards of education, support and stimulation of fundamental and applied scientific researches, comprehensive introduction of information technologies to educational process, expansion of international scientific and education exchange, active cooperation with leading foreign universities.
Based on interstate and interdepartmental agreements in educational sphere, thousands of young people of our country go for study to prestige educational institutes in foreing countries, Turkmen leader said.
Many educational institutes of our country established partnership with dozens of foreign universities, among which Japanese universities occupy deserved and important place. As an example, the Head of the state brought out cooperation between Turkmen universities with Tsukuba and Tokai Universities, Tokai Foreign Language University.
In this context, special mention has been made of the Agreement on Cooperation between Turkmen Agricultural University and Hirosaki University, which was signed in March this year.
Model level of Turkmenistan’s development allows expanding intellectual potential by quality education according to the world standards. For these purposes, educational programmes have been significantly improved on all levels, which allows providing different branches of the economy and social sphere with qualified personnel, Turkmen leader highlighted.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that special place in given to Japan, which Turkmenistan sees as a reliable and perspective partner in scientific and technological sphere in the context of international scientific and educational cooperation. In this regard, the intent to adopt Japanese practice in creation of innovative resources, application of know-hows, development and implementation of modern management solutions in different spheres has been confirmed. Oguzkhan Engineering and technology University, where Japanese specialists work these days, has been opened in 2016. In addition, Japanese languages is studied in 12 secondary schools and 5 universities of our country.
Having expressed confidence that cooperation of leading educational institutes of two states is very important in exchange of modern knowledge, Turkmen leader highlighted the importance to activate fundamental and experimental sciences, development of effective partnership in the sphere of humanitarian sciences, in particular in oriental study. History archaeology, language and cultural study.
Having noted that more than 20 students from Turkmenistan study at present in the Country of Raising Sun, the Head of the State expressed hope that this number would be increased in the future.in this regard, the Head of the state proposed to develop a programme of study of Turkmen students in educational centres of Japan, which would allow sending them to Japan on systematic base taking into consideration the requirements of national economy and social sphere. In our turn, we are willing to receive Japanese students, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
In the end of his speech, highly appreciated the position of Japanese partners, their willingness to render support to Turkmenistan in its innovative development where education is to play an important role, the Head of the state expressed gratitude to the Board of the University for the reception and warm welcome, having wished students and teachers strong health and big scientific success.
The speech of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was listened with great attention and welcomed by storm of applause.
After, the President met Turkmen students who study in Japan.
“ As is known, science and education are a wealth that puts a foundation of all achievements and reformations of humankind, determining the future of any country and destiny of the nation. If we refer to the practice of developed states, we will make sure that the progress is based on high level of educational system”, - Turkmen leader said addressing students.
The Head of the State noted that Turkmenistan pays great attention to improvement of level and quality of education. New programmes are realized in this sphere. Formation of new generation of specialists with wide world outlook, knowing high technologies is the main objective of the reforms.
Secondary and high educational facilities, kindergartens, recreation and health improvement centres are built all around Turkmenistan, methodology of education is improved, system of digital education is introduced. Innovative vector of development is to bring national education system to the level of the world standards.
Turkmenistan caries out big work for activation of international cooperation in educational sphere. Based on intergovernmental and interstate agreements, bigger number of representative of Turkmen youth go to prestige foreign educational institutes for education.
National universities established close partnership with foreign scientific and educational centres, important role among which is given to Japanese universities, Turkmen leader highlighted.
Advising the students, the President of Turkmenistan said: “We pay special importance with Japan in scientific and educational cooperation. Using established conditions, you have to expand your outlook, improve your knowledge, to be committed and hard-working, to multiply the authority of the country. You have to study Japanese practice in the sphere of nanotechnologies and innovations, development of modern management solutions”.
We pursue the policy of industrialization of our country working together with advanced foreign companies including from Japan, the Head of the State continued, having noted that plants for production of ammonia and carbamide in Mary, Mary Velayat, carbamide fertilizers in Garabogaz, polyethylene and polypropylene in Kiyanly, Balkan Velayat, first in the world plant for production of eco-friendly synthetic gasoline from natural gas in Ahal Velayat have been built with their participation.
As is known, specialists pay special attention to environment protection during development and realization of the projects in industrial sector, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. Eco-friendly advanced technologies are the targets in urban construction sphere, oil and gas sector, chemical industry, power energy, agriculture and are integral criteria of social and economic programmes in Turkmenistan in general.
Requirement in such professions as programmers, engineers, technologists has been foreseen during the transit to digital economy, Turkmen leader continued, having noted that we would achieve competiveness and high rates of economic progress only having knowledge and promotion of technologies.
After, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov informed that the meeting with businessmen is planned for tomorrow where wide spectrum of subjects of cooperation including in transport sphere would be discussed.
In the end of the speech, the Head of the State noted importance of study of ancient Japanese history, its culture and traditions and popularization of historical and cultural heritage of Turkmen nation by young messengers of our country.
Having congratulated Turkmen leader on the award of high title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Hirosaki University, the student studying in Japan expressed gratitude for attention and fatherly care.
Having presented his book “Turkmen Alabay” to the students, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that reader would find many interesting information about this breed in the book including interesting stories, facts, legends and archive data.
Finishing the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov fatherly advised the students for receiving modern knowledge so after come back home as qualified specialists, they would make deserved contribution to progressive development of the country.
In the afternoon, the Head of Turkmenistan went to the Japan’s Emperor Palace from Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel. In the palace, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with other invited high-rank guests took part in the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor Naruhito.
More than 2,000 guests from more than 180 countries arrived in Tokyo to participate in the events.
As is known, the institute of the Emperor’s Power occupies an important place in hierarchy structure of the Country of Raising Sum from the old times, which was provided by positive attitude of Japanese people to the Emperor’s dynasty as to special element of national history and culture. The Constitution of Japan the Emperor as a symbol of the state and solidarity of the nation. The title of the Emperor is passed along the male line.
Inclusion of the audience by the Emperor to the programme of visits of high-rank guests is considered as a sign of special respect. In this regard, it is worth reminding that the Head of the Turkmenistan has met with the Emperor of Japan during his official visits to the Country of Raising Sun in 2009, 2013 and 2015.
The Reiwa Age starts after the enthronement of Naruhito in Japan. It is translated as a harmony or blossoming peace. The name of the age gives tone to future decades. The name was selected from the poem of the anthology of Japanese poetry Man'yōshū. The poem describes blooming of apricot trees in the beginning of the spring. The age of Akihito Governance was called Heisei, which is translated as achievement of peace. It was forestalled by Showa Period – an educated world.
As a rule, heads of legislative, executive and judicial power of Japan take part in the enthronement ceremony.
According to the regulations, the Emperor of Japan Naruhito arrives in the Seiden Hall at appointed time and sits on the Emperor’s throne.
The Emperor Naruhito make a ceremonial speech, which is followed by congratulation speech of the Prime Ministers of Japan. Traditional basai – Japanese wish for longevity, is addressed to the Emperor.
The sound of gong informs on completion of the enthronement ceremony, after which high-rank guest leave the place of event.
Official reception was given in the Emperor’s Palace in the evening on occasion of the enthronement of the Emperor of Japan.
At the reception, the President of Turkmenistan exchange greetings with the Emperor Naruhito and members of his family.
After official reception, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to his residence in Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel.
Working visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Tokyo is continued.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan