Published in World
Friday, 09 September 2022 14:50

On September 7, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdel Rahman Al-Thani.

Diplomats noted the relevance of organizing high-level visits for further promotion of interstate relations.

The parties also noted the special importance of continuing the positive experience of cooperation within the framework of international organizations, primarily with the United Nations.

Taking into account the current regional and global situation, the mutual actions of the two countries on a wide range of issues in the political-diplomatic and trade-economic spheres were also considered. In this regard, the relevance of holding the next meeting of the Turkmen-Qatari intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation was emphasized.


Published in Politics
Thursday, 08 September 2022 13:41

On September 7, 2022, in the city of Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov took part in the First Ministerial Meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council - Central Asia Strategic Dialogue.

This platform was created in order to expand the political dialogue between countries and develop interregional cooperation in trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.

The participants of the meeting discussed topical aspects of the international agenda, issues of regional security and further steps to establish future effective cooperation and partnership in the areas of trade, economy, investment, culture and science.

In his speech, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan noted that today's meeting is considered by Turkmenistan as the first important step towards creating a full-scale format of interaction between the states of Central Asia and the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf.

He stressed that, according to the Turkmen side, we can talk about the beginning of the process of systematization, streamlining and giving a long-term character and stability to the entire range of relations between our countries, justified historically and demanded by modern realities and needs.

Within the framework of the Forum, the parties proposed to establish practical cooperation in matters of energy, transport corridors and logistics, as well as in the field of ensuring food and water security, holding cultural, humanitarian and scientific events.

As a result of the meeting, the parties adopted a Joint Statement, as well as a Joint Action Plan for 2023-2027 (Joint Cooperation Roadmap), aimed at establishing practical cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, education, healthcare, culture and sports.

The visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues, within the framework of which the Turkmen delegation is scheduled to have a number of bilateral meetings.



Published in Politics
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 14:47

On August 23, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Turkmenistan Ion Naval.

During the conversation, the head of the country's foreign ministry congratulated the Ambassador of Romania on his appointment to a responsible position and wished him success in his diplomatic activities. They also discussed issues of strengthening relations between the two countries, including the comprehensive expansion of bilateral political, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

The positive experience of cooperation was emphasized, as well as the importance of mutual support for international initiatives within the framework of authoritative regional and international organizations, primarily the UN. In this context, the parties noted the need to organize contacts at the highest level, both in the format of bilateral visits and within the framework of multilateral structures.

During the meeting, the Ambassador of Romania presented copies of his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and stressed that during his diplomatic mission in Turkmenistan he would make every effort to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations.

Georgia and Turkmenistan open direct flights to each other

Published in Economics
Thursday, 21 July 2022 10:12

Turkmenistan and Georgia have agreed to open direct flights - during the visit of Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to Ashgabat, representatives of the two countries signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of transport, which will make it possible to start direct flights between Ashgabat and Tbilisi.

During the negotiations, the possibility of removing barriers to the export of Georgian products to Turkmenistan was considered, which, in turn, can arrange supplies of its chemical industry products to Georgia.

During the visit, the Prime Minister of Georgia met with the President of Turkmenistan. In addition, Georgian Foreign Minister Ilya Darchiashvili met with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.


Published in Economics
Tuesday, 05 July 2022 17:32

On July 4, 2022, in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, a meeting was held between the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Zhang Xiangchen, who arrived in Ashgabat on a working visit.

During the meeting, it was noted that in recent years, relations between Turkmenistan and the WTO have noticeably intensified. As is known, in February of this year, during a meeting of the WTO General Council, the Turkmen side officially applied for accession to the WTO, in accordance with Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement. Based on the results of consideration, the member countries of the WTO General Council unanimously approved the application of Turkmenistan and decided to grant it the status of an "acceding country". The Head of the Foreign Ministry expressed his sincere gratitude to the WTO Secretariat, as well as to the member countries for supporting the application of Turkmenistan.

It was also noted that the growing trends of economic globalization in the modern world, especially after the pandemic situation, set the task for Turkmenistan to more intensively integrate into the system of international trade and economic relations. One of the effective ways to achieve these goals is to build up comprehensive cooperation with the WTO.

R. Meredov informed the Deputy Director General of the Organization about the preparatory work being carried out in the country for joining the WTO, which includes improving the national legislative framework, foreign trade procedures and rules, as well as explanatory work among the population and business circles through the media.

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The results of the VI Caspian Summit are summarized in a press statement

Published in Politics
Thursday, 30 June 2022 14:37

The results of the VI Caspian Summit, held in Ashgabat on Wednesday, June 29, were announced in a press statement made by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov.

The diplomat said that the meeting of the heads of the Caspian states was held in a constructive working manner, in the spirit of good neighborliness, mutual trust, respect and openness.

A detailed and interested exchange of views took place on the main issues of the five-sided cooperation in the Caspian Sea. The implementation of previous decisions and agreements was analyzed and the directions and priorities of further joint work were determined.

The heads of the Caspian littoral States reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring lasting peace, stability and security in the region, combining efforts and potentials to implement confidence-building measures in the Caspian Sea, and creating a comprehensive political and legal framework for this.

The Presidents of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia are united in ensuring that in the conditions of the current global turbulence, the region is reliably guaranteed from its consequences and impact, being an example of good neighborliness, mutual understanding and development. "The responsibility for this lies entirely with our countries - it is common, integral, indivisible and cannot be delegated outside the Caspian states," Meredov said.

In this context, they reaffirmed their determination to continue close coordination of efforts in the fight against terrorist threats in the Caspian Sea, drug trafficking, organized crime, and other types of illegal activities. The position of the countries here is united and uncompromising.

During the meeting, the issues of economic cooperation in the Caspian Sea were carefully considered. In the light of the growing geo-economic importance of the basin, there is an understanding and a desire to consistently develop cooperation in the transport, logistics, and communication spheres aimed at turning the Caspian into a major international hub of transcontinental partnership along the East-West and South-North lines.

Currently, the Caspian countries are making efforts to build port infrastructure, create logistics chains of communication, schemes of mutually beneficial partnership in the energy sector. And this work will be given priority.

According to the Minister, the summit stressed the need to develop and expand trade relations between the coastal states, increase trade turnover, and closer industrial cooperation. It was noted that Turkmenistan made a proposal today to establish the Council of Business Cooperation of the Caspian States as an independent platform for doing business, entrepreneurial initiatives.

Ecology, nature protection, conservation of biological resources of the Caspian Sea have also become important topics of discussion. Cooperation mechanisms have already been established for them. The task is to give their work a more coherent and substantive character. The parties agreed to continue creating conditions for strengthening and enriching friendly ties, developing humanitarian contacts, and expanding cultural cooperation added Meredov.

In general, the summit participants highly appreciated its content, constructive attitude, commitment to common creative goals, agreeing in the necessity and usefulness of continuing the meetings at the highest level of the Caspian countries on a regular basis.

Rashid Meredov and Sergey Lavrov held a bilateral meeting

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 29 June 2022 16:06

A bilateral meeting of the ministers of Turkmenistan and Russia was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. Rashid Meredov and Sergey Lavrov held talks before the meeting of the heads of the foreign policy departments of the Caspian states.
As Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova previously pointed out, the Council of Foreign Ministers in Ashgabat plans to review cooperation in the Caspian Sea and discuss modalities for further cooperation in preparation for the upcoming meeting of the presidents of the Caspian "five".
The main topics that the heads of state of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia will consider are security in the Caspian region, the comprehensive development of economic relations, including transport, trade, energy, cooperation in the financial sector, etc. Attention will also be paid to the environmental aspect of cooperation in the Caspian.


Published in World
Friday, 24 June 2022 15:45

On June 23, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the Charge d'Affaires of Afghanistan in Turkmenistan Mohammad Fazel Saber.

Addressing the Afghan diplomat, the head of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry stressed that Turkmenistan had received the news of the devastating earthquake in the Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika with deep sorrow and expressed sincere condolences and feelings of empathy to the people of this country.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced the readiness of Turkmenistan to provide humanitarian assistance to the population of fraternal Afghanistan in the near future.


Published in Politics
Tuesday, 07 June 2022 19:31

On June 6, 2022, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a meeting with the First Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group Amina Jane Mohammed.

During the meeting, the parties highly characterized the cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Nations in a wide range of spheres. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of combining efforts in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the national sustainable development goals in Turkmenistan.

The head of the foreign policy office of Turkmenistan noted that Turkmenistan is carrying out systematic work to intensify multilateral efforts to strengthen the stability of international transport systems in emergencies.

R. Meredov also noted that Turkmenistan supports the holding of the Education Transformation Summit in September 2022 in New York during the high-level week of the seventy-seventh session of the UN General Assembly. It was emphasized that Turkmenistan is working to improve the national education system and ensure equal access to quality education and plans to start national consultations in the near future in preparation for this Summit.

In addition the parties discussed issues related to environmental protection and the National Strategy of Turkmenistan on climate change. In this regard, it was stated that Turkmenistan is an active participant in the global campaign initiated by the UNECE "Trees in Cities" to support actions related to climate change in cities.


The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan met with the Ambassador of France

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 15:16

During a meeting on Monday. Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and French Ambassador Isabelle Guinel discussed bilateral relations and the country's interaction with the European Union, which France is chairing for the current half year.

The diplomats noted that Turkmenistan and the EU have significantly stepped up the partnership, highlighting such priority areas as stability and security, trade, economic and investment cooperation, including energy, transport and other sectors. The ecological sphere is also of mutual interest. At the same time, it was emphasized that there are extensive prospects for expanding mutually beneficial ties.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Ambassador of France agreed to maintain regular working contacts for this purpose.

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