Today, on January 26, 2022, the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan Metthew Stephen Klimow was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, the parties considered a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as touched upon international and regional topics of mutual interest.
The diplomats also exchanged views on the agenda of the annual bilateral consultations planned to be held in the near future.
Drawing attention to the importance of economic cooperation between the two countries, the parties stressed the need to hold the next meeting of the Turkmen-American Business Council in 2022.
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Today, on January 26, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Turkmenistan Qian Naicheng, during which the diplomats discussed the results of the online summit "Central Asia - China", held on January 25 this year.
In this regard, the parties considered specific issues related to the implementation of the agreements and initiatives of the Heads of State, announced during the above-mentioned Forum.
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On January 24 a telephone conversation took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
During the conversation, the ministers discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral relations. The parties noted the importance they attach to the expansion and deepening of comprehensive ties in the areas of political and diplomatic contacts, trade-economic cooperation, cultural and humanitarian exchanges. The parties stressed the need for the speedy implementation of the agreements reached at the highest state level in recent years, primarily during meetings and telephone conversations between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In this regard, the ministers exchanged views on the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, emphasizing the need to intensify work at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
The heads of the foreign affairs agencies paid special attention to the preparations for the First “Central Asia-India” Summit, which will be held in the coming days via videoconference.
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On January 22, 2022, a meeting took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Turkmenistan Qian Naicheng.
During the talk the parties, having expressed satisfaction on the current pace of development of bilateral partnership on a broad range, highlighted that this year Turkmen-Chinese diplomatic relations entered the jubilee stage.
Within the framework of the meeting the issues connected to the forthcoming events on the highest level with the participation of the heads of states were discussed, particularly, the “China – Central Asian states” summit and the opening of XXIV Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
On January 11, an extraordinary online meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Turkic States was held with the participation of Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
R.Meredov, speaking at the meeting, noted the importance of the Summit of the Organization of Turkic States, held in Istanbul on November 12, 2021.
In this regard, it was noted that President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, in his speech at the Summit, emphasized: “The people of our countries are united by common values of long-term historical roots aimed at ensuring peace, stability and mutual understanding”.
The minister said that based on this fundamental approach, Turkmenistan will continue to work closely with all member states of the Organization to maintain lasting peace and security, which guarantees economic, social and humanitarian development in the countries of the region.
Speaking about the events of recent days in Kazakhstan, R.Meredov emphasized that Turkmenistan is interested in the soonest normalization of the situation in this country, in further stable socio-political and socio-economic development of Kazakhstan. He expressed a firm conviction that such qualities as wisdom, foresight, deep respect for the customs and traditions of the ancient Kazakh people will serve as a solid foundation for resolving all issues arising in the constitutional and legal framework and in line with international norms.
Expressing his wishes for peace and prosperity to the Kazakh people, R. Meredov assured that Turkmenistan will make all necessary efforts to achieve this goal.
At the same time, Turkmenistan, as a neutral state recognized by the international community, is ready to provide any support to the people of Kazakhstan in the economic, social and humanitarian spheres.
In this regard, R.Meredov said that Turkmenistan is ready to begin exports of natural gas to the Republic of Kazakhstan, starting in March this year. In addition, it was noted that Turkmenistan is also ready to provide brotherly Kazakhstan with the necessary amount of electricity.
Today, on 9 January, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi received a government delegation led by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov who is on a working visit to Iran.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Turkmen side conveyed words of greetings from President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
During the constructive conversation, it was noted that at the present stage, interstate political, diplomatic, economic and cultural relations between Turkmenistan and Iran are actively developing on the basis of the principles of equality, mutual respect and good neighborliness.
In this context, the talks between the President of Turkmenistan and the President of Iran, held in Ashgabat in November 2021 as part of participation in the 15th Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Cooperation Organization, gave impetus to the further development of mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries.
During the meeting of the government delegation of Turkmenistan with the First Vice President of IRI Mohammad Mokhber, issues of the bilateral agenda were also discussed, including interaction in the field of the fuel and energy complex
On the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, today in Islamabad, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov held talks with the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Arif Alvi.
At the beginning of the meeting, the head of the Turkmen delegation conveyed greetings from the President of Turkmenistan.
The Minister noted that the talks between the President of Turkmenistan and the President of Pakistan, held in Ashgabat in November this year as part of participation in the 15th Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Cooperation Organization, gave impetus to the further development of mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries.
Next year, Turkmenistan and Pakistan will mark the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. In this context, during the meeting it was emphasized that during this period the interstate relations have been steadily developing in all directions, expanded and enriched with new forms and content. Thanks to the attention and support of the Leaders of Turkmenistan and Pakistan, bilateral cooperation covers the whole range of political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian interaction.
Minister R.Meredov noted that the dialogue between the two countries at the highest political level creates a solid foundation for strengthening and further expanding bilateral relations. The parties are making significant efforts to develop effective Turkmen-Pakistani economic cooperation, the strategic basis of which is a partnership in the energy sector.
In this regard, special emphasis was placed on the need to intensify joint action on the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) transnational gas pipeline project, power transmission and fiber-optic communication lines on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route.
During the talks, the sides also noted with satisfaction the consistent development of Turkmen-Pakistani cooperation in education and science, medicine and healthcare, as well as in the cultural and humanitarian spheres.
On November 29, 2021, in the “Garagum” hotel of Turkmen capital there was organized a briefing dedicated to the results of the 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization.
The briefing was attended by the heads and representatives of diplomatic missions and representation offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of the local media and journalists accredited in Turkmenistan, as well as the representatives of foreign media from various countries.
At the beginning of the event ECO Secretary General presented a special ECO award to the Chief Researcher of the Institute of Language, Literature and National Manuscripts named after Magtymguly of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan Yazklych Orazklychev in the category of “History, Culture, Literature and Fine Arts”.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov opened the event with introductory speech. Then, ECO Secretary General Khusrav Noziri made his remarks. The heads of the diplomatic missions of the ECO member-countries in Turkmenistan made their presentations. In addition, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan, and the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat made their speeches at the briefing.
Turkmenistan being a member of the ECO makes an invaluable contribution in the expansion of the cooperation on the economic field and enhances friendly relations in the framework of the ECO. It was underlined, that Turkmenistan during the period of its chairmanship in the Organization in 2021 carried out active and meaningful work in accordance with the prepared Concept of the chairmanship.
It was noted that within the framework of the Summit the agreement was reached about a significant acceleration of the pace of cooperation in all fields of mutual interest aimed at of transforming the ECO into a dynamic and effective regional economic structure, in which priority attention will be given to the cooperation in transport and energy.
As was mentioned, the agreements and decisions reached during the 15th Summit of the ECO are capable to give powerful innovative and quality impulse to our cooperation, give it consistency and specificity, and create the prerequisites for accelerated integration both in the ECO space and in the context of interregional and continental processes.
THE MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA DISCUSSED COOPERATION ISSUES
Today, on November 18, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-yong.
During the talks, the ministers discussed priority issues of bilateral cooperation in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
The sides noted the traditionally friendly relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea, built on principles of trust, mutual respect and mutual benefit. It was emphasized that regular contacts on topical issues of bilateral agenda contribute to this.
In particular, the sides noted the fruitful cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea in the work of the Joint Business Council, as well as within the multilateral format “Central Asia – Korea”. In this context, the foreign ministers of the two countries discussed the agenda of the 14th Central Asia – Korea Cooperation Forum to be held on November 30 this year.
THE TALKS BETWEEN THE HEADS OF THE FOREIGN POLICY AGENCIES OF TURKMENISTAN AND AUSTRIA TOOK PLACE IN ASHGABATWednesday, 10 November 2021 11:56
Today, on November 9, a meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with the Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria Michael Linhart who arrived to the Turkmen capital on a working visit took place in the premises of the MFA.
R.Meredov in his welcoming speech said that Turkmenistan is interested in further activation of bilateral and multilateral collaboration with Austria on every field of mutual interest.
In the course of the constructive talk the heads of the foreign policy agencies of the two countries considered the key vectors of bilateral cooperation, as well as exchanged views on actual issues of international agenda. It was noted the significance of mutual support of each other’s initiatives within the framework of authoritative international organizations.
In this context it was highlighted the readiness of Turkmenistan and Austria to build-up fruitful cooperation in the spheres of political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction. The need of further intensification of the contacts in the fields of energy, transport, trade, economics, health protection, education, science and culture with the active participation of state and business structures of the two countries was expressed.
The holding of the regular 11th meeting of Joint Turkmen-Austrian Commission in the first half of 2022 was proposed.
Concerning the theme of regional dialogue on strengthening security and provision of stable growth, the Ministers focused on the need of further consolidation of efforts of international community on peaceful and humanitarian settlement of the Afghan question. The timeliness of the online-meeting on the situation in Afghanistan which took place on the initiative of the Austrian side at the end of August of the current year was highlighted.
Within the framework of the meeting the presentation of investment opportunities in participation of the heads of the MFA of the two countries, the heads of the relevant departments of Turkmenistan and representatives of the business circles of Austria was held.
Following the negotiations R.Meredov and M.Linhart signed Cooperation Program between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria for the years of 2022 and 2023.