Construction of the TAPI gas pipeline in Afghanistan territory will continue next year

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 11:29

During the plenary session of the High Level Conference on Afghanistan, the parties discussed issues of economic cooperation.

Speaking at the event, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke about the economic situation in the country. Expressing gratitude for the aspiration of the world community to facilitate the involvement of Afghanistan in the world economy, he especially noted the important contribution of Turkmenistan. Projects initiated by the Turkmen side were highlighted, in particular, the importance for Afghanistan of the construction of power transmission lines and fiber-optic communication along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route.

In turn, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov spoke in detail about trade and economic cooperation with neighboring Afghanistan.

He stressed that the leadership of Turkmenistan considers the regional economic integration of Afghanistan through the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects as one of the main aspects of restoring peace in this country.

Thus, Turkmenistan has initiated a number of important economic projects with the participation of Afghanistan. The construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, electricity and communication lines along the TAP route, as well as railways connecting Turkmenistan with Afghanistan and other countries of the region continues.

The Turkmen side plans to complete the construction of TAPI on its territory this year, and start construction on the territory of Afghanistan next year. The final stage of the construction of power transmission lines and fiber-optic communications along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route was also highlighted.

“As for the railway communication, the construction by the Turkmen side of the 35-kilometer section of the Akina-Andkhoy railway should be completed in the coming days,” R. Meredov noted. In 2021, it is planned to continue the construction of the railway in the direction of Turgundi-Herat.

The head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan informed the meeting participants about the financial component of these projects. Turkmenistan has allocated 1 billion 250 million US dollars for the implementation of projects with the participation of Afghanistan.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the issues of attracting investments and the structure of financing in the process of comprehensive reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Turkmenistan participates to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:07

On the 23rd of November 2020, a two-day 2020 Afghanistan Conference has started in Geneva in the online format under the chairmanship of the Governments of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Finland jointly with the United Nations.  

The given Conference has united the high-ranking representatives of more than 100 countries and international organizations.  Turkmenistan is represented at the Conference by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov.

The Conference stands as an efficient mechanism and active platform for the discussion by the international community of the overall recovery of Afghanistan and unification of efforts in the process of socio-economic development of the country.  The matters of peace and security are in the focus of discussions.     

Speaking at the High-level meeting in the framework of the Conference entitled the “Regional Cooperation on Afghanistan,” R.Meredov noted that Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the overall reestablishment of Afghanistan and strives to contribute to the international efforts aimed at the strengthening of statehood, economic integration and well-being of the people of Afghanistan.  He added that Turkmenistan makes concrete practical steps in this regard.  The cooperation of two neighboring countries is based on large projects and programmes of socio-economic and humanitarian scope.           

It was stated that being aware of the importance of such sectors of economy as energy, transport and communications for the overall development of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan actively works on the promotion of a number of large-scale international infrastructural projects.  The commitment of the Turkmen side to the advancement of the construction of the gas pipeline TAPI, power and fiber-optic communication lines on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route, building of the railway lines from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan was underlined.      

Turkmenistan actively develops partnership with Afghanistan on a wide range.  A lot of Afghan students are studying in Turkmen institutions of higher education, while those who already completed their studies, work in various state entities of Afghanistan, thus making an input into the development of the country.

The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan told about the key activities of Turkmenistan within the Action Program on Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan for 2020-2022.  The Government of Turkmenistan renders assistance of humanitarian scope to the fraternal country, including the construction of a number of social facilities.  The Government of Turkmenistan has built a school in Balkh province, a health center in the province of Faryab and a maternity hospital in Herat province.  In the coming future, the mosque for 500 people is planned for inauguration which was also built by the Turkmen side and is located on the territory of Afghanistan.   

All of this was presented as an example and call for strengthening of multifaceted cooperation in support to Afghanistan which is firmly moving forward to the peace, stability and sustainable development.

The 16th Central Asia - EU Ministerial Meeting was held

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020 14:51

On the 17th of November 2020, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov took part in the work of the 16th Central Asia - EU Ministerial Meeting that was held through videoconferencing.

The leadership of the external policy agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the European Union’s (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for International Partnerships participated to the session.

During the meeting, the participants discussed a number of key issues of political, economic and humanitarian scope taking into account the interests of both regions and expressed adherence to the partnership, aimed at the maintenance of peace, security, universal human rights and sustainable development, in full accordance with the international law.  

The cooperation on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impacts were especially discussed. In this regard, the assistance of the EU to the countries of Central Asia was emphasized.

Speaking at the session, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan stressed the efficiency of partnership between the countries of the CA, EU and the World Health Organization. It was stated that the relevant regional programme financed by the EU is aimed at strengthening the resilience of healthcare systems of the CA countries for the near-term outlook. In this regard, R.Meredov called for expanding the cooperation between the CA countries, EU and the United Nations.    

The position of Turkmenistan in regard to the implementation of the EU Strategy on Central Asia was also voiced. The Head of MFA of Turkmenistan proposed to specify the actions on practical implementation of the given Strategy including the development of the Roadmap of Cooperation for 2021. The healthcare, sustainable energy, transport connectivity and environmental protection issues were named among the priority vectors of cooperation.      

The participants highlighted the importance of progress reached in the area of the supremacy of law, gender equality and universal human rights. The regional cooperation matters in such areas as border and water management, trade facilitation and economic integration were discussed, especially in the period of COVID-19 pandemic where the EU is rendering significant financial and technical support. 

The parties agreed to continue cooperation on directions posing mutual interest and exchanged views in regard to prospects of collaboration in the format “Central Asia – European Union”.   

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE SECOND SESSION OF INDIA-CENTRAL ASIA DIALOGUE

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Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:09

Today, on the 28th of October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov participated to the second session of India-Central Asia Dialogue held through videoconferencing. 

The session that was chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India Dr.S.Jaishankar, was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan M. Tleuberdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan S. Mukhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Kamilov and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic N.Niyazaliev.  The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar took part in the meeting as the special invitee.   

During the session, the adherence of the parties to further development of relations in political-diplomatic vector, as well as in trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres was noted.

The Ministers emphasized the importance of the first session within the India-Central Asia Dialogue which was held in Uzbekistan last year and contributed to the strengthening of cooperation between the countries of the Central Asia and India.       

During the current meeting, the parties discussed the most pressing issues of collaboration and exchanged views on regional and international affairs posing mutual interest.  Special accent was made on the expansion of cooperation in the framework of the United Nations and other international structures.  

Speaking at the session, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan highlighted the importance of cooperation within the India-Central Asia Dialogue, among the priorities of which is the maintenance of regional security.  In this regard, the firm commitment of Turkmenistan to the collaboration on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was underlined.  R.Meredov proposed to enhance the collaboration on the security issues, particularly by means of holding relevant consultations and meetings between the experts of countries in present format.           

The steady position of Turkmenistan in the advancement of peace process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, including the facilitation of the socio-economic recovery of the neighboring state was reiterated.  Turkmenistan stands for the application of exclusively diplomatic and political tools in achieving stabilization in this country. Under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan does all the necessary on its part. The country is ready to provide its political space and required organizational conditions for the    Intra-Afghan negotiations. Also, Turkmenistan implements quite a number of large-scale energy, transport and infrastructural projects intended to assist all-inclusive development of Afghanistan, including its integration into the world economy.        

The construction of the gas pipeline along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India route, railway segments, and fiber-optic communication lines involving the territory of Afghanistan, as well as the significance of transit routes by means of land, railway and maritime transport and infrastructure was specifically noted. The given projects are expected to contribute to the strengthening of trade-economic ties on the Eurasian space. 

In this regard, the Ministers welcomed the presence of Afghanistan in the India-Central Asia Dialogue. They expressed interest in further strengthening of cooperation aimed at the development and economic recovery of Afghanistan. The issue of developing the transit and transport potential of the CA countries and India was especially considered, including the promotion of joint initiatives on the establishment of regional and international transport corridors.        

The parties thoroughly discussed the situation in regard to global pandemic and underlined the necessity of continuing close cooperation between the epidemiological services of the Central Asian countries and India on overcoming the COVID-19. In the context, the Head of MFA of Turkmenistan noted the significance of applying the methods of scientific diplomacy and exchange of expertise. The importance of cooperation in the area of healthcare, pharmaceuticals and scientific research was especially noted.          

The parties discussed the collaboration in such spheres as energy, gas chemical industry, transport, communication, high technologies, and agriculture.  The interest in further expansion of trade-economic cooperation, including the promotion of direct contacts between the businesses of India and CA countries was expressed. In this regard, the Ministers welcomed the launching of the India-Central Asia Business Council in New Delhi in February 2020. 

The Ministers thoroughly discussed cultural and humanitarian relations.  It was stated that the countries are linked by common historical and cultural values.  Special accent was made on holding joint educational and cultural activities.           

The Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries expressed gratitude to the External Affairs Minister of India for organizing the second session of India-Central Asia Dialogue.  The parties agreed to continue organizing annual meetings within the India-Central Asia Dialogue with the participation of Afghanistan.

THIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELDTHIRD SESSION OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WAS HELD

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Thursday, 22 October 2020 14:47

On the 21st of October, 2020, the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates was held through videoconferencing. The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, while the Emirates side was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

After exchanging warm greetings and highlighting the high dynamics of development of bilateral relations, the Ministers started to discuss a number of key issues in political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.  The high level of trustworthy dialogue between the leadership of two countries was underlined.  It was also specifically noted that the high-level contacts play the primary role in further promotion of interstate ties.      

The Ministers reiterated the importance of cooperation between the external policy agencies of the two states. Emphasizing that at present year the 25th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates has been reached, the parties expressed satisfaction with the results of the work accomplished during the past period. Special accent was made on collaboration within international organizations, including the UN, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement. Gratitude expressed to the Emirates side for the support of Turkmenistan’s Neutrality and the initiatives of the state in the area of energy and ecological security, sustainable transport, sport and others.  As is known, Turkmenistan is calling for the advancement of peaceful dialogue, emphasizes the role of preventive diplomacy and adheres to the “open door” policy.  In this regard, the Turkmen side noted the significance of the UN General Assembly resolution declaring 2021 as the Year of International Peace and Trust initiated by the President of Turkmenistan. It was especially noted that Turkmenistan will be glad to welcome representatives from the UAE on the occasion of the relevant events planned for the upcoming year.  

Speaking about the threats and challenges of the present, the parties noted the significance of strengthening international cooperation in combatting the global pandemic. The Ministers exchanged views on further steps for overcoming the social and economic impacts of the pandemic on world scale. 

The trade and economic relations between the two countries were thoroughly discussed. The interest of both states in expanding the spectrum of cooperation between the governmental and private entities, as well as the enhancement of the investment climate was expressed. An exchange of views took place on the application and development of transport potential of Turkmenistan and the UAE.  It concerned the issue of setting in motion the maritime, railway and air transport, application of port infrastructure for the promotion of bilateral and multilateral trade and economic relations.  In this regard, the importance of the World “EXPO-2020” was stressed, in which Turkmenistan intends to take active part.  It was noted that Turkmenistan is open for cooperation on the implementation of the energy and infrastructural projects, particularly the construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.         

The parties underlined the importance of “green economy” and exchanged views on the use of stable energy, advancement of innovative technologies and expert knowledge in the field of renewable energy.  In this regard, the interest of Turkmenistan in expanding collaboration in the framework of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was expressed.      

The Ministers discussed the issues of cultural and humanitarian scope and spoke for the strengthening of practical cooperation in the area of science, education, culture and sport.   

In the end of the session, the parties expressed satisfaction with the successful work of the current meeting and spoke for the upkeep of active work of the third session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates for the coming future.

Upon the outcomes of the talks, Protocol of the Third Session of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.

TRIPARTITE MEETING OF THE HEADS OF EXTERNAL POLITICAL AGENCIES OF TURKMENISTAN, AFGHANISTAN AND THE USA

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Friday, 09 October 2020 12:10

On the 8th of October 2020, the first meeting in Turkmenistan-Islamic Republic of Afghanistan-USA format was held through videoconferencing in participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, the U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale and the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar.

During the meeting, the parties discussed a number of importance issues of political, trade-economic and humanitarian scope.

The parties agreed that the current inaugural meeting in the framework of the tripartite dialogue initiated by Turkmenistan is expected to give vital impulse for further discussion and resolution of cardinal issues of regional agenda, particularly on providing assistance to Afghanistan.

One of the main topics of the meeting was the advancement of intra-Afghan negotiations aimed at the cessation of multiyear armed conflict and establishment of peace in the region.  In this regard, the firm position of Turkmenistan which is standing for the use of solely political and diplomatic tools for the attainment of peace and stability in the neighboring country was underlined. With this aim and in accordance with its principles of state neutrality, Turkmenistan is ready to provide its political space for holding the successive rounds of intra-Afghan negotiations.

The standpoint of Turkmenistan on security issues was presented. The country stands for the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In November of 2011, the Government of Turkmenistan and the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia organized a high-level meeting in Ashgabat during which the relevant Joint Action Plan was adopted. It was the first worldwide experience on the adaptation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy to the specific region. Turkmenistan takes important steps in this direction and carries out close cooperation with the international partners on countering drug trafficking, strengthening of border security. In this context, the parties exchanged views on the enhancement of cooperation basis.      

The parties touched upon the issues of social nature, including the facilitation of women’s equality and expansion of their economic rights and opportunities. 

During the meeting, the parties also considered the opportunities for the development of trade relations between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, the USA and the Central Asian region by enhancing the efficiency of customs and other procedures in accordance with the existing US-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).   

In this context, the significance of the development of transport-transit routes and fuel-energy corridors was stated. Also, the cooperation on the effective use of Lapis-Lazuli route, including the determination of other transport projects on which Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and the USA can work together to promote trade in the region were discussed.    

The parties discussed the opportunities for joint implementation of infrastructural projects, including such energy projects as TAPI and TAP.

The opportunities for humanitarian collaboration are considered, including the coordination of actions on countering the current pandemic and crises in the area of public healthcare.  

The parties agreed to continue active dialogue for the promotion of intercultural dialogue, strengthening of cooperation with the aim of providing peace, security and economic growth in the Central Asian region.  

On the outcomes of the talks, the parties adopted a Joint Statement.

A solemn ceremony of signing a number of important documents between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan took place in Kabul

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020 18:18

On September 30, 2020, a solemn ceremony of signing a number of significant documents was held in the Presidential Palace “Salam Khan” in the city of Kabul to facilitate the further implementation of joint infrastructure projects between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, in particular, the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, electric and fiber-optic communication line Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP), construction of railways.

The signing ceremony was attended by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, members of the Government, heads and representatives of the relevant ministries and departments of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The event was also attended by representatives of international companies involved in the implementation of projects.

The ceremony was opened by Ajmal Ahmadi, Acting Governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

In honor of the signing of these documents, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov made a speech, who took part in the ceremony via video conferencing. Having conveyed the words of greetings from President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the head of Afghanistan, R.Meredov noted the high level of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan in a wide range, and also stressed the importance of signing the current documents designed to facilitate the practical implementation of joint projects of geopolitical and geo-economic importance for the entire Eurasian continent.

The signing ceremony was marked by a solemn speech of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who expressed gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his support to Afghanistan, commitment to friendship between the two countries and peoples, as well as the development of large-scale energy projects and the creation of multilateral transport and transit corridors designed to exert a constructive influence not only for the comprehensive reconstruction of Afghanistan, but also for regional economic integration.

It was especially noted that the signing of these documents has become yet another step on the way towards further implementation of joint projects on the territory of Afghanistan.

The documents were signed by authorized representatives of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. These are the Memorandum of Understanding between the State Concern “Turkmengaz”, “TAPI Pipeline Limited” and “Afgan Gaz Enterprise” Concerning the Development of the Herat Off take Strategy Relating to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline Project; Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Agency “Turkmenaragatnashyk” and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the field of Communications and Informatization; the Contract between the Operators of the “Turkmentelecom” Electric Communication Company of the “Turkmenaragatnashyk” Agency and the “Afghan Wireless Communication” Company of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (“AWCC”) about the Cooperation in the field of Communications; as well as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Electricity Transmission Network Project, Heads of Terms – Afghanistan Power Purchase Agreement.    

Turkmen-Uzbek political consultations

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 17:06

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan held Turkmen-Uzbek political consultations in the videoconference format. Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov discussed the status of the interstate dialogue and put forward a number of proposals for its development.

In this context, it was especially emphasized that a friendly, open and constructive political dialogue that has developed at the highest state level stood as the main factor in strengthening the strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Regular mutual visits, meetings and contacts of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev serve as a solid foundation for building up bilateral cooperation in political-diplomatic, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres. In this regard, the meeting participants expressed satisfaction with the high level of trust and mutual support of the two countries in the international arena.

In this aspect, it is important to note the mutually respectful attitude of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the initiatives and proposals put forward within the framework of the United Nations.

Underling the importance to continue effective cooperation on the multilateral platform, the participants in the meeting expressed confidence that in this jubilee year, when the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary, and Turkmenistan celebrated the 25th anniversary of permanent neutrality, the both states would significantly expand cooperation within the UN.

During the consultations, special attention was paid to regional problems. In this regard, the Turkmen side reaffirmed its commitment to solving the problems of the Aral Sea and water and energy issues in Central Asia.

Particular attention was paid on the significance of mutual respect of the Central Asian countries to each other's positions and legitimate interests. That is vividly testified by the long-term constructive cooperation between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in the water sector, ecology and environmental protection.

Emphasizing the importance of the initiative put forward by Turkmenistan on the preparation of the UN Special Programme for the countries of the Aral Sea basin and the initiative put forward by Uzbekistan on the creation of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Human Security for the Aral Sea region, the meeting participants provided information on the work on their practical implementation.

Particular attention was paid to cooperation on providing assistance to neighboring Afghanistan. It is generally recognized that Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are actively involved in international efforts to establish peace and civil consent in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Along with political and diplomatic issues, the possibilities of expanding bilateral economic partnership were considered, the main aspect of which is joint activities in the gas, electricity, transport and communication industries, trade, agro-industrial and other spheres.

As noted, today the trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan has dynamically developed. According to the results of 2019, the trade turnover between the two states increased by 80 %.

In order to activate trade and economic ties, the parties underlined the importance of holding a regular meeting of the joint Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation this autumn.

Humanitarian contacts stand as an important component of the interstate dialogue. The fraternal peoples of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan develop this direction through regular meetings of creative and scientific figures, the days of culture, exhibitions, concerts, festivals. In this context, the importance of further development of the dialogue in this area was emphasized.

At the end of the meeting, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two states expressed the mutual willingness to regularly hold bilateral political consultations.

Turkmen – Saudi foreign ministry consultations takes place

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Friday, 18 September 2020 18:52

Vice-premier, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Feysal Bin Farhan Al Saud had political consultations in video conference format.

During the conversation, the sides have discussed priorities of interstate cooperation as well as current issues of regional and international agenda.

The heads of the Foreign Ministries of two countries have noted that regular meetings on different levels support activation of bilateral cooperation in all range of directions. In this context, mutual willingness to expand the dialog and to organize visits after normalization of epidemiological situation in the world has been expressed.

Discussing the agenda of the meeting, the sides have focused on the necessity of activation of trade and economic collaboration, intensification of partnership in oil, gas petrochemical industries as well as in agricultural, textile and construction spheres.

Investments to implementation of the projects of development of industrial infrastructure of Turkmenistan were separate subject of discussion. In this context, importance of resumption of meetings between foreign departments of two countries has been highlighted.

MEETING OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF TURKMENISTAN AND GEORGIA

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 17:29

On the 7th of September, 2020, a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani was held through videoconferencing.

During the talks, the Ministers discussed the key issues of bilateral agenda and underlined the high level of political-diplomatic dialogue between the two countries. It was noted that Turkmenistan and Georgia successfully cooperate in the framework of international organizations, in particular the United Nations. The parties highlighted the necessity of continuing inter-MFA and intersectoral consultations.    

The Ministers considered the collaboration on the development of joint transport and transit routes. Special accent was made on the activation of the project of the International Transit-Transport Route “Caspian Sea – Black Sea,” including the normative-legal aspect of it. The importance of the Lapis Lazuli project was also underlined in the context of acceleration of interregional trade and economic collaboration. The significance of uninterrupted transportation and supply through the effective use of automobile routes and seaports was stated. Hereby, the necessity of holding the successive meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Turkmen-Georgian Commission for Economic Cooperation was voiced.       

During the videoconference, the opportunities of intensification of cultural and humanitarian cooperation were also discussed. 

 

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