On January 14, 2021, the inauguration of the 30-kilometer railway section between the Aqina-Andkhoy stations of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan took place.
The event was attended by the heads of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, members of governments, heads and representatives of a number of ministries and departments of the two countries, public organizations.
The Chairman of the Agency "Türkmendemirýollary" (Turkmen Railways) A. Atamuradov and the head of the Afghan Railway Authority Mohammad Yamma Shams informed the ceremony participants about the construction work.
In his speech, A. Atamuradov noted that the Aqina-Andkhoy railway branch connected with the railway system of Turkmenistan is the part of the Asian International Railway Transport Corridor and is intended to become one of the key links of the Lapis-Lazuli corridor. He spoke about the well-coordinated work of the Turkmen and Afghan railway workers who worked hard on the implementation of this project. It was noted that this and other routes initiated by the head of state contribute to building up the transport and transit potential of both Turkmenistan and the entire region, contributing to the strengthening of fruitful trade and economic cooperation.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the head of the Afghan Railway Authority Mohammad Yamma Shams noted the high level of Turkmen-Afghan cooperation in the field of transport. Yamma Shams expressed gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for assistance in the implementation of this project. He noted that the efficiency of this railway will continue to grow, creating new jobs and expanding the transport and transit potential of Afghanistan. Thus, the Aqina-Andkhoy railway line will open up new opportunities for the development of the Afghan economy and the revitalization of its small and medium-sized businesses.
During the ceremony, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani gave their blessing for the commissioning of the Aqina-Andkhoy railway line.
The opening of this railway branch was marked by the solemn dispatch from the Aqina station towards the city of Andkhoy of a train consisting of 20 cars loaded with export products from Turkmenistan.
At the end of the ceremony, the Turkmen and Afghan railway workers who worked hard on the construction of the facility were presented with valuable gifts on behalf of the President of Turkmenistan.
It is important to note that the Memorandum of Understanding on the construction of the Aqina-Andkhoy railway between the “Türkmendemirýollary” Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Communication of Turkmenistan and the Afghan Railway Authority was signed following the results of high-level bilateral talks held in Ashgabat in February 2019.
PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK OF THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN “TRADITIONS OF TURKMEN STATEHOOD” PUBLISHED IN GEORGIAN LANGUAGE
On December 5, 2020, the presentation of the book of the President of Turkmenistan “Traditions of Turkmen Statehood” in Georgian language was held in the premises of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan.
This edition which was published on the threshold of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality has become a unique present and benefit for Georgian speaking readers and has marked the high level of development of Turkmen-Georgian relations.
The presentation was attended by chief editors of print media, rectors, faculty and students of the local universities, as well as representatives of the Turkmen mass media. Besides, the event was attended by the renowned scientists of Georgia and representatives of Georgian mass media via videoconferencing.
During the presentation, the speeches of the Rector of the International University of Humanities and Development E.Aydogdiyev, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Turkmenistan Mamuka Murjikneli, President of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences G.Kvesitadze, as well as the scientists and representatives of the leading mass media of Turkmenistan and Georgia were heard.
All the speakers noted the uniqueness of the given work of the President of Turkmenistan that acquaints the readers with the cultural peculiarities and rich spiritual world of the Turkmen people. It was emphasized that the publication of the book “Traditions of Turkmen Statehood” in Georgian serves as a vital link in the development of Turkmen-Georgian relations.
At the end of the event, the participants adopted the Address to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
“From the first days of the spread of COVID-19, our country has organized the work to ensure provision of basic medical supplies free of charge. All necessary measures are taken to improve the immune status of people. The government adopted the plan to ensure preparedness for counteraction and response to this acute infectious disease. The Plan of operational socio-economic measures to counter the pandemic was also approved”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov speaking during Halk Maslahaty meeting.
According to the President of Turkmenistan, one of the important directions now is to encourage medical workers and efficiently use their potential in the fight against this infection. The President of Turkmenistan said that he would sign a decree, authorizing the provision of additional benefits to health care specialists.
“I also consider it necessary to prepare a new edition of the state programme "Health". Therefore, I expect specific proposals in this direction from relevant officials”, the President said.
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.
On August 31, 2020, a constituent online meeting of the Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" was held in Ashgabat, in which leading experts and dog handlers from more than 10 countries also took part. In total, the meeting was attended by about 200 delegates.
As is known, on May 1, 2020, in order to implement the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan, the Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" was established.
According to the agenda, at the beginning of the meeting, the participants discussed issues related to the reorganization of the Association, as well as the creation of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" on its basis. This issue was unanimously supported by all the participants of the meeting.
Speakers at the first session emphasized that the creation, and now the awarding of the international status to the profile association will contribute to the development of the best practices and traditions of the national school of dog breeding, breeding these dog breeds on a systematic, scientifically grounded basis, the comprehensive application and development of advanced methods of folk selection, as well as modern achievements of world science in this area.
In addition, within the framework of the event, the Charter of the organization was adopted and 25 representatives were accepted into the membership of the Association - leading experts and dog handlers from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Iran, China, Russia, Turkey, France, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. The composition of the Executive Committee, as well as the composition of the Control and Auditing Commission of the International Association “Türkmen alabaý itleri” was also elected. During the session, the Representative offices of the Association were established by unanimous vote, in Ahal, Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap and Mary provinces and their heads were appointed.
Taking into account the accumulated experience and great contribution to the development of the Turkmen alabay dogs, the Minister of Industry and Construction Production of Turkmenistan S. Berdimuhamedov was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri", a private dog breeder A. Yazmyradov was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee.
By unanimous decision of the participants, it was agreed to hold the next meeting of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" in Ashgabat in the last decade of April next year and, at the same time, to hold the annual celebration of the "Day of the Turkmen alabay" on the last Sunday of April.
Within the framework of the event, the presentation of the book of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov "Türkmen alabaý" in Arabic was also held.
During the speeches, words of gratitude were expressed to the President of Turkmenistan for his tireless care and special services in the development of the breeds of the Turkmen alabay dogs.
As known, the holding of a constituent meeting of the International Association "Türkmen alabaý itleri" and the presentation of the book "Türkmen alabaý" of the Leader of the Nation in Arabic symbolizes an important milestone in the popularization of the national heritage of the Turkmen people.
The book of the President of Turkmenistan "Türkmen alabaý", published in 2019, based on the synthesis of a huge scientific research material, is a significant contribution to the study of the national heritage - the Turkmen purebred alabay dog. The unique breed, created as a result of centuries of careful selection, like the people themselves, knows how to value good relations, love and friendship. In the book, which has expanded the cycle of works of the Head of State on the national spiritual characteristics of the Turkmen people, one can find scientifically substantiated materials on the origin and development of this breed of dogs. Available in Arabic, this book extensively reveals the very cultural phenomenon of alabai dog, whose age, according to scientific information, varies from three to six thousand years.
At the end of the event, the participants adopted an Address to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The Ministry of Finances and Economy of Turkmenistan hosted online meeting of the heads of the Ministry with Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment of Romania V. Popesku.
The sides have discussed in details number of current issues of the agenda of bilateral cooperation. Special attention has been paid to cooperation in prevention and combating of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as implementation of joint activities for recovery of economic impact.
The Ministers has noted the importance of Intergovernmental Turkmen – Russian Commission for economic, scientific and technical cooperation and discussed the opportunity to hold the next session of the Commission.
Priority spheres of interstate dialog including in energy, transport, agriculture, light industry, education and high technologies have been reviewed at the meeting.
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President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had a telephone conversation.
Warmly greeting each other, the Heads of friendly states have exchanged congratulations on occasion of Eid al-Adha, having expressed confidence that this beautiful holiday, which symbolizes triumph of high spiritual values like humanity, goodwill and generosity, would support the strengthening of solidarity and unity in entire Muslim community.
It was highlighted that Turkmen and Afghan nations are united by ancient tradition of friendship, mutual respect, common spiritual and historical values, which serves as reliable foundation of interstate dialog.
Having stated with delight that bilateral cooperation is developed on the principles of good neighbourliness, friendship and equality, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed gratitude to Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for special attention and personal contribution to strengthening of fraternal relations and expansion of beneficial partnership between two countries.
During telephone conversation, number of current issues of regional and global agenda has been discussed. In particular, the subject of the coronavirus pandemic, which having covered huge geographic space, makes negative impact on life of many countries and nations.
Having highlighted that Turkmenistan entirely supports the activity of the world community in combating of COVID-19, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence in the necessity of coordinated measures on international level for successful combating of this threat that humankind is facing at the moment.
The Head of the State made special mention of the role of transit and transport Lapis Lazuli corridor, which was established under the Agreement signed between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
Opportunity to increase volumes of trades between Central Asian and European countries is appear after the start of its operation, which in the result will support to development of trade and economic relations between big regions of Eurasian continent, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
In this regard, the agreements reached during recent trilateral meeting of the Presidents of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan have become important measure for activation of this transport corridor and cooperation on systematic base.
In addition, importance of such major projects in energy, transport and communication spheres, construction of TAPI gas line as well as Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power and fibre optic lines, realization of which would serve to further strengthening of interstate relations, has been highlighted.
In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani exchanged the congratulations on Eid al-Adha, having wished health and success in all noble deeds to each other and prosperity to Turkmen and Afghan people.
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Turkmen leader and the Vice-premier of UAE discuss important aspects of international cooperation in telephone conversationMonday, 27 July 2020 17:32
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with Vice-premier of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai Muhammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum.
Having warmly greeted the Emir of Dubai, the President of Turkmenistan congratulated him and fraternal people of UAE with coming big holiday of Islamic world – Eid AL Adha.
Turkmen leader expressed confidence that this holly holiday, which embodies high morale, spiritual purity and humanity, would continue supporting the strengthening of solidary of Muslim ummah.
Having expressed gratitude for congratulations and good words, Prime Minister of UAE Muhammed Bin Rashid AL Makhtoum addressed return best wishes to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and to all Turkmen people.
During telephone conversation, the sides have discussed important aspects of interstate cooperation. It was noted that strengthening of diplomatic, economic and humanitarian relations between two countries meet political demands and interests of both states. The Head of Turkmenistan highlighted that all efforts would be put in order the partnership with UAE to be long, trustful and efficient.
Taking opportunity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to His Highness for special attention and personal participation in strengthening of fraternal relations between the state and expansion of beneficial cooperation in all range of actual directions.
Global problem, which is presented by coronavirus pandemic these days, which caused crisis in international trade, disturbance of production activity and foreign economic relations, has been highlighted.
Having noted that it is necessary to consolidate efforts of all countries for efficient combating of the pandemic, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov confirmed that Turkmenistan is open for active cooperation with the world community in development of new methods of combating of this evil.
In the end, the sides exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha and cordial wishes, having addressed wishes of pace, wealth and further prosperity to the nations of two states.
On July 22, 2020, the successive session of World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council was held in WTO headquarters located in Geneva of the Swiss Confederation, during which the application of Turkmenistan on accession to WTO as an observer was considered.
The Turkmen side was represented at the session by the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations at Geneva, as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan who took part via videoconference.
In honor of assessing the request of Turkmenistan for accession to WTO in the status of an observer, a special ceremony was organized during which the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan delivered a speech on behalf of the Government of Turkmenistan. During the address, he informed the participants of the General Council about the background of the accession process to the Organization, in particular about the pioneering policy of implementing the external economic activity of Turkmenistan. It was stated that the Programme on Foreign Economic Activity of Turkmenistan for 2020-2025 is a vital document in this regard.
The gaining of this status by the country is intended to contribute to the dynamic development of the national economy of Turkmenistan, strengthen its standing in regard to foreign trade, carry multilateral cooperation, attract foreign investments and improve international trade ties. This also concerns the development of commercial and trade strategies including their successful implementation.
Following the address of the Turkmen side, a number of representatives of the Organization’s member-states, including Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Paraguay, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay expressed support to the initiative of Turkmenistan on the accession to the Organization as an observer.
After the discussions, the member-states of WTO General Council unanimously adopted the resolution on granting Turkmenistan the status of an observer in WTO.
Currently there are 164 WTO member-states. Twenty four countries possess the status of an observer. Turkmenistan became the 25th country with a status of an observer.
On June 23, 2020, an announcement containing distorted information on the preventive measures implemented in Turkmenistan against the coronavirus infection was placed on the official website of the Embassy of the USA in Turkmenistan. In particular, it is asserted that the citizens with the symptoms of the disease resulting from the new type of infection are going through examination and can be sent to compulsory quarantine without the supervision of conveniences and for undefined period of time.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan emphasizes the invalidity and partiality of such informational fakes. In this regard, the official representatives of the Ministry have repeatedly informed the Ambassador of the USA to Turkmenistan about the unacceptability of spreading biased information which is not supported by facts.
Relying on the principles of openness in international cooperation on combatting the coronavirus pandemic, the Turkmen side regularly holds thematic briefing meetings for the diplomatic corps and foreign journalists during which the most complete information is presented on the preventive measures applied in Turkmenistan on infectious diseases.
Unfortunately, the American side does not take part in such meetings despite of invitations.
Based on the above said, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan announces the counterproductive nature of the actions of the American Diplomatic Mission in Ashgabat.