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.

GLOBALink | Together for a brighter future for BRICS cooperation

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Friday, 24 June 2022 16:13

The #BRICS meets in China again to pool strength for future cooperation, five years after the BRICS Xiamen Summit ushered in the second "golden decade" of the bloc's cooperation.#GLOBALink

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GLOBALink | The Summit of the Americas is not a summit of the U.S.: Chinese FM spokesperson

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Tuesday, 07 June 2022 09:15

The Summit of the Americas is not a summit of the U.S., said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday, calling on the U.S. to hear the reasonable call for justice of regional countries and make the summit focus on the regional agenda to promote solidarity, cooperation and people's wellbeing.

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EU-China Summit: Restoring peace and stability in Ukraine is a shared responsibility

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Monday, 04 April 2022 10:13

The European Union and China held their 23rd bilateral Summit via videoconference on 1 April, bringing together President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. 

The EU and China discussed extensively Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, the world’s economy, food and energy security, and the fight against COVID-19. 

The EU called on China to support efforts to bring about an immediate end to the bloodshed in Ukraine, consistent with China’s role in the world as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and its uniquely close relations with Russia.

“As major global powers, the EU and China must work together on stopping Russia’s war in Ukraine as soon as possible. We have a common responsibility to maintain peace and stability, and a safe and sustainable world,” Charles Michel said“We count on China’s support to achieve a lasting ceasefire, to stop the unjustifiable war and address the dramatic humanitarian crisis it has generated.”

“We underlined that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not only a defining moment for our continent, but also for our relationship with the rest of the world. There must be respect for international law, as well as for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Ursula von der Leyen, adding that China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has a special responsibility.

Referring to the tightening of sanctions against Russia, von der Leyen said that more than 40 countries in total have joined these sanctions. “So we also made it very clear that China should, if not support, at least not interfere with our sanctions,” she stated in a joint press conference following the summit.

She also said that in terms of bilateral trade between the EU and China, continuing business with Russia carries great reputational risks: “This is a question of trust, of reliability and, of course, of decisions on long-term investments. Let me remind you that every day, China and the European Union trade almost €2 billion worth of goods and services. In comparison, trade between China and Russia is only some €330 million per day. So a prolongation of the war, and the disruptions it brings to the world economy, is therefore in no-one’s interest, certainly not in China’s.

THE HEAD OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE FIRST INDIA-CENTRAL ASIA SUMMIT

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Friday, 28 January 2022 12:02

On January 27, 2022, India-Central Asia Summit took place in a virtual format. The Prime Minister of the Republic of India and the Presidents of the Central Asian states attended the high-level meeting.

In his speech, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that the first India-Central Asia Summit would be a kind of reflection of the growing interaction between New Delhi and all the states of this strategic region.

During the high-level meeting, speeches were also made by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. Tokayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Zhaparov, President of the Republic of Tajikistan E. Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan G. Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh. Mirziyoyev.

In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan, noting the importance of this anniversary year for the countries of Central Asia and India, which established diplomatic relations 30 years ago, emphasized the beginning of a new milestone in the development of centuries-old ties between our peoples.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also congratulated the leadership of the Republic of India and the entire Indian people on the 75th anniversary of the country's Independence. During this short period by historical standards, India has passed a glorious path equal to centuries, the Head of the Turkmen state added.

Emphasizing that India is a close friend and important partner for Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that India was among the first states in the world to recognize the Independence of Turkmenistan. As was emphasized, the current meeting is designed to bring relations between the countries of Central Asia and India to new frontiers, which have a huge human, industrial, natural, technological potential.

Developing the theme of strengthening regional cooperation aimed at ensuring the peaceful coexistence of countries and peoples, combating new challenges of our time, the President of Turkmenistan noted that ensuring strong and long-term security, maintaining peace and a balance of interests meets the strategic goals of our countries.

In this context, having supported the initiative of a regular Dialogue at the level of Security Advisers, as well as the constructiveness of the idea of the Central Asia-India Parliamentary Forum, the Turkmen side expressed the expediency of creating the Secretariat of the Central Asia-India Summit.

In addition, proposing to establish systemic joint work in international organizations, primarily in the UN, the Turkmen side stated that the new philosophy of international relations “Dialogue is a guarantee of peace”, initiated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is aimed at uniting all responsible and healthy forces in the global political arena.

The special role of the Central Asia-India Business Council was also emphasized, and the need for further intensification of activities within the framework of this platform was noted. In particular, the importance of consolidating the efforts of the parties in the field of energy was expressed. The countries of Central Asia, known for their rich natural resources, are able to work seriously today on the creation of an energy bridge "Central Asia - India", President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov added.

As is known, at present, Turkmenistan, in cooperation with its partners, is implementing a large-scale energy project of geo-economic and geopolitical significance - the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

The key area of the effective cooperation between India and the states of Central Asia is cooperation in the field of transport. The importance of creating Eurasian transport corridors through Central Asia to sea terminals in the Indian Ocean was especially noted here. In this regard, the importance of the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman-Qatar transport corridor project was emphasized.

The Summit also stressed the need to further consolidate efforts aimed at developing medical diplomacy and combating the threat of the spread of coronavirus. In this regard, the Leader of Turkmenistan proposed to consider the issue of establishing the Central Asia-India Medical Association, one of the main goals of which could be the fight against infectious diseases.

We consider the expansion of cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere as an opportunity to strengthen good neighborliness, rapprochement and mutual understanding of our peoples, the President of Turkmenistan added.

 

A CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE PUBLICATION OF SIGNIFICANT BOOKS WAS HELD IN THE TURKMEN CAPITAL

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Saturday, 22 January 2022 12:39

On January 21, 2022, a conference dedicated to the publication of the books “Interview given by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the international mass media”, “Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia” and “The 15th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization” was held at the Magtymguly Turkmen State University.

At the beginning of the conference, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, President of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan S. Toylyev delivered an introductory speech.

Also during the conference, presentations were made by the Minister of Education of Turkmenistan, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for UNESCO in Turkmenistan, Director of the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, Director of the Institute of State, Law and Democracy, the rectors of the Magtymguly Turkmen State University, the International University for the Humanities and Development and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Turkmenistan Irfan Ahmed and the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Turkmenistan F. Sharifzoda also made their speeches.

During the conference, the significance of a number of international events held in Turkmenistan last year, which are another confirmation of the great international authority of Turkmenistan and the recognition of the enormous potential of its foreign policy and the legal status of permanent neutrality as an effective mechanism for strengthening global peace, sustainable development and global security were discussed.

As is known, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Independence of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave several interviews, in particular, to the journalist of the “Mir” Interstate Television and Radio Company, to the First Deputy Director General of the TASS news agency Mikhail Gusman and to the editor-in-chief of the TRT World TV channel of the Turkish State Television and Radio Company Yusuf Erim. In these interviews, the Head of State spoke about the prospects for regional and international cooperation in various formats. In addition, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the priorities of the state policy of Turkmenistan, where special attention was paid to the preservation of the primordial values of the nation and their relationship with modernity.

The speakers emphasized the historical significance of the Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia in strengthening and developing relations between the countries of Central Asia. It was noted that this meeting made it possible to comprehensively consider promising areas and mechanisms for further development of regional mutually beneficial cooperation.

In particular, it was stated that Turkmenistan, being a member of the ECO, makes an invaluable contribution to the expansion of cooperation in the economic direction and builds up friendly relations within the organization. It was emphasized that our country, during its ECO Presidency for 2021, carried out active and meaningful work in accordance with the Developed Concept of Chairmanship.

At the end of the event, the participants adopted an Address to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE INFORMAL SUMMIT OF THE CIS

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Tuesday, 28 December 2021 18:23

On December 28, 2021, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in the city of St. Petersburg to participate in the informal summit of the Heads of the CIS member states.

Speaking at the summit, the Leader of the Turkmen state noted that this year was significant and the countries honorably celebrated the 30th anniversary of the formation of the CIS. In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan noted that meetings of the statutory and sectoral bodies of the CIS, a number of cultural events were held, exhibitions and fairs were organized with the participation of representatives of the Commonwealth countries.

As an important part of the integration processes in the CIS space, the head of the Turkmen state highlighted the economic component, based on the compatibility of economic and structural parameters, the development of cooperative and partnership relations, building production, technological and logistical chains with a strong innovative component.

The President of Turkmenistan also called for intensifying work with partners of the Commonwealth, primarily with regional economic associations of Eurasian orientation, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union and the Economic Cooperation Organization. This will allow the CIS countries, using their own production, resource and technological potential, to reach systematic lines of partnership, offering attractive joint projects in the transport, energy and industrial sectors.

At the same time, the importance of the initiative to form a new philosophy of modern international relations, called “Dialogue – a guarantee of peace”, was especially noted.

Speaking of the need to continue combating the consequences of COVID-19, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized the special importance of consistent and rapid achievement of the restoration of economic and trade relations, removal of forced restrictions in the transport sector. At the same time, as the Head of Turkmenistan stressed, the accumulated national and international experience in combating the pandemic and its consequences gives hope for the successful outcome of this work.

The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that cultural and humanitarian cooperation should remain among the priorities of the CIS.

Eastern Partnership Summit paves the way for Recovery, Resilience and Reform in the region

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Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:26

The heads of state or government of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the representatives of the European Union and the heads of state or government of its member states met in Brussels on 15 December 2021.

The Summit focused on support to five key areas – economy, governance, the environment, digital and society. These priorities build on the past achievements of the European Neighbourhood instrument, taking into account new challenges and opportunities – notably the green and digital transition, as well as the post-pandemic recovery.

During the Eastern Partnership Summit, the leaders agreed a joint declaration, in which they reconfirmed commitments from previous Summits and bilateral agreements, as well as their determination to carry them forward. On this path, our ambitious reform agenda and enhanced cooperation remains the necessary condition for progress and support: increasing prosperity and fostering peace, stability, sustainability and resilience in the region, notably in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the declaration.

The document also expresses the participants’ deep concern about the continuous destabilisation and violations of the principles of international law in many parts of the Eastern Partnership region that pose a threat to peace, security and stability.

The declaration also says that the EU regrets the decision of the Belarusian authorities to suspend their participation in the Eastern Partnership. In the meantime, the comprehensive plan of economic support for a democratic Belarus, of up to €3 billion, reflects the EU’s commitment to support the democratic choice of the Belarusian people.

Besides, the EU acknowledged the initiative of the trio of associated partners – Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – to enhance their cooperation with the EU. The European Union also took good note of the increased coordination amongst them on matters of common interest related to the implementation of the Association Agreements and DCFTAs, and on cooperation within the Eastern Partnership. At the same time, the EU and interested partners commended the entry into force of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia in March 2021, and welcomed progress in the ongoing negotiations between the EU and Azerbaijan on a new comprehensive Agreement.

The declaration also reminds that the new agenda for the Eastern Partnership ‘Recovery, Resilience and Reform’ is structured around the two pillars of governance and investment. This agenda will be underpinned by the €2.3 billion regional Economic and Investment Plan with a potential to mobilise up to €17 billion in public and private investments for the region.

The Summit participants stressed that they look forward to the next Eastern Partnership Summit in 2023, which will be the first milestone for the evaluation and review of the implementation of the new generation of priorities and targets.”

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Prime Minister I. Garibashvili participates in 6th Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels

Published in Politics
Thursday, 16 December 2021 11:18

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has joined the leaders of EU institutions, member states, and partner countries to participate in the 6th Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels.
The Head of Government, in his speech at the summit, reaffirmed the steadfastness of Georgia's European aspirations and European choice, also speaking about the Associated Trio and describing this format as a clear demonstration of one of the partnership's key principles of differentiation. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the cooperation between the Trio and the EU will grow even deeper to help fully tap into the opportunities offered under the Association Agreement. Irakli Garibashvili, in his speech at the summit, focused on the region's security challenges and emphasized the need of the EU's enhanced engagement in conflict-resolution, including toward the full implementation of the August 12, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement mediated by the EU.
At the summit, the EU Reiterated the strategic importance of the Eastern Partnership and the European choice and aspirations of the Associated Partners, also pointing out that the sovereign right of partner countries to define the depth of their relations and the quality of cooperation with EU.
The summit welcomed the effort of the so-called Associated Trio (Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) toward deeper cooperation with the EU, seeking to put in place close coordination with one another in this process, including for the implementation of the Association Agreement and intensification of cooperation under the Eastern Partnership.
The leaders reiterated firm support for partner countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity within their internationally recognized borders. Special attention was paid to the region's security situation, emphasizing that blatant violations of international law undermine peace in Europe. In this context, the need to renew efforts toward regulating regional conflicts was emphasized, something also implying the EU's enhanced engagement.
The summit's participants expressed support for differentiation, one of the Eastern Partnership's key principles that defines granting, on an individual basis, EU integration tools to concrete partner countries. In this context, the Associated Trio's gradual integration into the single EU market is planned.
At the summit, the leaders adopted a political declaration expressing full support for pressing priority issues within the scope of the Eastern Partnership. The new agenda of the Eastern Partnership, as part of the declaration, was developed through Georgia's active involvement together with the EU and other partners. Consequently, an ambitious agenda has been set to promote the empowerment of the partner countries' security, economy, institutions, and environmental and digital transformation mechanisms. The new Eastern Partnership agenda, besides maximally strengthening general resilience tools for the Eastern Partnership member states, also involves reaching important short- and medium-term objectives, to be ensured through the new EU External Investment Plan with a volume of 2.3 billion euro (with the potential to attract 17 billion euro in investments). For Georgia, this means stronger transport, energy, and digital connectivity, including through maximally tapping into the Black Sea's potential. Other important projects will be implemented as well to bring tangible results to citizens, including accession to the single euro payments area, reduced roaming fees between the region's countries and with the EU, support for SMEs, including startups, fostering the mobility of students and the academic community, enhanced access to the European Solidarity Corps, Erasmus +, and Horizon Europe programs, and others.
The Eastern Partnership Summit is the highest-level format for dialogue between the EU and the Eastern Partnership member states. Convened one every two years, it involves discussing crucially important strategic and political issues and agreeing them by the relevant parties.

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A BRIEFING DEDICATED TO THE RESULTS OF THE 15TH ECO SUMMIT WAS ORGANIZED

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Tuesday, 30 November 2021 16:02

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.

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