Upon the completion of the bilateral documents signing ceremony, the Leaders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan made statement to the representatives of mass media.
Commenting on the outcomes of the high-level meeting in Ashgabat, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the talks, during which aspects of bilateral cooperation as well as wide range of issues of regional and international politics have been discusses, went in the atmosphere of understanding and trsut.
It was mentioned that the visions of current issues of the world politics either similar of close. In the world arena, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are the supporters of the principles of equal rights, justice, non-interference into internal affairs of sovereign states. The cooperation under the United Nations Organization as well as under the Islamic Cooperation Organization and the Economic Cooperation Organization will be continued.
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are the supporters of the formation of solid foundation of peace and security in the region. The sides confirmed the willingness to cooperation for turning of Central Asia into the zone of stability and sustainable development. It was highlighted in this regard, that implementation of the UN Global Counterterrorist Strategy and other documents on combating against the terrorism on the world and regional levels including the Ashgabat Declaration from 2011 is one of key directions of joint activity.
Speaking of the solution of Afghan problems, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that political stability could be achieved only by peaceful methods and by negotiations. Being a neutral state, Turkmenistan repeatedly said about the willingness to create all necessary conditions for organization of direct talks between the Government of Turkmenistan and all interested parties. This position of Turkmenistan was confirmed at current meeting.
Involvement of Afghanistan to major international and regional projects in economic sphere is an important condition for the achievement of peace and solidarity in this country. Following its commitment, Turkmenistan proposed numerous important projects with the participation of Afghanistan in energy, transport and communication sphere.
It includes the construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline. The orientation of this project to social targets is its important component. In addition, the transit of gas across the territory of the country would provide annual income of more than 1 billion US dollars to the budget of Afghanistan.
It was mentioned that fruitful cooperation is also in electrical energy sphere, more than 20 years, Turkmen power is supplied to the northern and western provinces of Afghanistan. Turkmen specialists built more than 400 kilometres of power lines on the territory of neighbouring country for these years.
Participation of two countries in the project of construction of multimodal transport corridor Lapis Lazuli has also been highlighted. The willingness to continue regular meetings with transport ministers of participating countries has been confirmed for the discussion of the issues related to the implementation of the project.
Mutual intent to improve trade and economic relations has been expressed during the talks. Relative assignments have been given to the heads of profile departments of both countries in this regard.
Turkmenistan would continue rendering humanitarian support to Afghan people, build social facilities in this country, Turkmen leader has said thereafter.
Cooperation in educational spheres is also successfully developed with Afghanistan. According to the request of Afghan side, Turkmenistan would continue rendering support in this direction, the Head of the State noted. Bilateral relations in cultural and scientific spheres will also be activated.
This meeting has proven stable character of the relations based on the principles of goodwill, fraternity, mutual respect and equal rights, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said in the end and wished peace and prosperity to Afghan nation.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
During the period of 11-14 February 2019, Turkmen delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan is on the working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.
According to the program of the visit, the delegation will participate at the Turkmen-German business forum as well as hold negotiations between representatives of relevant national agencies and German state and private organizations. Among the members of Turkmen delegation, there are heads of the Ministry of Agriculture and Nature Protection, Ministry of Finance and Economy including the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan as well as the Ahal region municipality. There are also representatives of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan.
On the 12th of February, Turkmen delegation held a meeting with Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The parties noted with satisfaction that traditionally friendly relations established between Turkmenistan and the Federal Republic of Germany reached new frontiers and target-oriented bilateral cooperation evolves at high pace.
The parties also stressed the importance of fruitful economic relations currently existing between Turkmenistan and Germany as well as discussed the issues of widening cooperation in this direction, particularly realizing large investment and innovation projects in the agricultural sphere.
Then the members of Turkmen delegation visited the Innovative Scientific Developments Centre of “Claas” company and visited the agricultural farm.
On the 13th of February, the Turkmen-German business forum opened in the premises of «Deutsche Bank AG» in Berlin.
Meeting with Co-chairman of Japanese–Turkmen Committee for economic cooperation Yoichi Kobayashi is held in the Foreign Ministry
Meeting with Japanese delegation chaired by Co-chairman of Japanese – Turkmen Committee for economic cooperation Yoichi Kobayashi was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 21.
During the meeting, the sides noted high level of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Japan especially in economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. Subjects of joint projects for supply of Komatsu agricultural equipment as well as joint investments with the participation of Japanese Bank of International Cooperation have been reviewed. Relative Protocol has been signed by the outcomes of the talks.
It is worth mentioning that representative delegation of Turkmenistan has visited Japan in October 2018, during which the expansion of bilateral cooperation in trade and economic sphere has been discussed.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Turkmen team successfully performed at the Open Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Europe Cup in Plock, having won two gold, four silver and one bronze medals.
Student of National Institute of Sports and Tourism Dovran Atayev (up to 77 kg) and Batyr Bayramgeldiyevwho was the best in the weight category up to 61 kg were the champions of the tournament.
Yalkym Nuriyev won the silver in the weigh category up to 70 kg. Two students of National Institute of Sports and Tourism Gulshat Gylyjova (up to 55 kg) and Leyli Kazakova (up to 60 kg) as well as student of Turkmen State Architectural and Construction Institute Jahan Durdiyeva (up to 55 kg) also won silver medals.
Anna Bayramdurdiyeva won the bronze in the weight category up to 84 kg.
Therefore, all seven sportsmen of Turkmenistan national team participating in the tournament won different medals.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Turkmen capital hosted the opening ceremony of the World Weightlifting Championship. This event became another evidence of turning of Ashgabat to recognized international sport centre and wide support of targeted strategy implemented under the leadership of the Head of the State for development of physical training culture and sports by the world community.
Game Sports Complex, which is the part of the infrastructure of the capital Olympic village, was the place of the opening ceremony. Festive atmosphere reigned at the stands, which gathered numerous spectators. Everybody was waiting impatiently for the beginning of the ceremony marking the beginning of the competitions, which would be watched by wide audience of fans in different countries of the world.
Long-awaited moment came. In the solemn atmosphere, soldiers of the Guard of Honour brought the State flag of Turkmenistan to the arena. National anthem of Turkmenistan was played, under which magnificent sounds emerald canvas was hoisted above the stands. Traditional Turkmen ornament emerged on the arena filled with green light.
After, bright theatre literature and music performance expanded at the arena of the complex. Countdown of the last 10 seconds until the beginning of the event was started. The figures were displayed on the arena replacing each other and all participants counted down it loud.
The field of the sport complex lit with bright beams of the spotlights, is filled with sky blue colour and the map of our country with ancient caravan routes appeared on it. This part of the performance was named “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road. Big image of the book of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov appeared on the arena. Use of modern laser equipment allows lying moving caravan of camels, which seemed to be floating above the hall.
The book is opening and the field turns into star sky with the Great Bear or Edigen as it is called by Turkmens appears in front of the eyes of delighted spectators. Little boy and legendary wise man and spiritual guide of the nation Gorkut Ata speaking of the universe, its set up and the Milky Way appeared on the stage.
At this moment, the field is filled with young participants of the show – the children from dance ensembles and gymnastic sections. They hold glowing balls symbolizing stars and planets. The ‘tagma’ symbols of the ancestor of the nation Oguzkhan are displayed on the arena by laser beams. Gorkut Ata tells to the boy that the way of Turkmen nation is as light as the Milky Way and these roads are connected with the route of the Great Silk Road.
Next part of the show – “Music of Peace, Music of Friendship and Brotherhood” starts. This is the name of the book of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which content is filled with the feeling of unbreakable relation of times and generation, history and presence of Turkmen culture. Outstanding Turkmen musician Shukur-bakhshy appeared on the arena, which slowly is coloured in gold colours like the colour of magnificent Karakum desert, and started to play dutar. Boys and girls in national dress were around him. Charming sounds of dutar seemed to fly through the time, space and distances, urging the peoples of the planets to peace, friendship and brotherhood.
The melody subsided and turbulent invigorating spring appeared in the centre of the field and turned into water surface. Boys and girls performed original dance and the image of Water horse appeared on the arena coloured in blue. Inspiring words from book of the Head of the State “Rapid Pace of the Horse” were sounded.
Not a single celebration is held in Turkmen society without ahalteke horses from ancient time until our days. One of the best representatives of this famous breed – excellent Akhan dressed in decorated harness and traditional horse decorations, appeared in the centre of the arena. As is known, this horse from Ahalteke Equestrian Complex was listed in the Guinness Record Book as the winner of absolute world achievement.
Prancing with lightness and pride, Akhan left the arena, which turned into blooming spring field as by magic. This part of the performance was named after book of the President of Turkmenistan “Worshiping of Mother – Worshiping of Sacred Thing” and dedicated to wise original traditions and customs of Turkmen nation carefully passed from generations to generations. Under the sounds of guydduk and gopuz, ‘lyale’ girl songs were performed and the field is covered with beautiful Turkmen carpets and with the elements of national ornaments afterwards. Folk and dance ensembles of the country demonstrated their bright performance skills.
Undoubtedly, no celebration is held without ancient rite ‘kushtdepdy’ dance! Being original embodiment of unbreakable tie of times and generations, it became integral part of not only national but also the world cultural heritage. Therefore, ‘kushtdepdy’ dance was entered to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural heritage by the UNESCO.
Celebration was continued by the plot dedicated to Amul – Hazar 2018 rally, which was held in our country in September this year. Sport vehicle drove to the field, which is coloured again in gold colour of the Karakums, and made symbolical drifts, the route of eco-rally-raid, which brought together the racers from all over the world, run along legendary Great Silk Road, which is restored in new historical conditions this time.
The next part of the performance was held under slogan “Sports – The Way toward Friendship, Health and Beauty”. Turkmen athletes representing various sports appeared under energetic music accompaniment on the arena lit up by the spotlights and rainbow colours. The sportsmen includes field and track athletes, cyclists and of course the weightlifter who imitated the moment of lifting the weight demonstrated the determination to contest for the medals of the championship.
Original laser and light show was the top event of theatrical performance. Owing to modern multimedia equipment, the arena seemed to start moving and 3D images of the State Symbol and Flag of Turkmenistan, the Earth and flags of the countries participating in the World Weightlifting Championship appeared on its surface. Dynamic symbols of various sports emerged on the field replacing each other. Symbolical image of the weight and the emblem of the World Weightlifting Championship in Ashgabat was projected to the arena.
Laser beams picture the image of Ashgabat 2017 Games – friendly and faithful Vepaly, the alabay, which lifts the weight, ahalteke horses riding like a wind, caravan of camels going through Turkmen land. Slogan of the current year “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” appeared on the field.
“Go, Go, my Lovely Motherland, Turkmenistan” and “Ashgabat. The World Weightliftign Championship” emerged on the arena.
After laser and light show, the ceremony was continued by retiring of national Flags of countries participating in the world tournament, which appeared in alphabetic order. as per tradition, this original parade is completed by the State flag of the host of the championship – Turkmenistan.
After, the greeting of the President of Turkmenistan to the participants of the World Weightlifting Championship was read in solemn atmosphere. The greeting of the Head of the State was listened with great enthusiasm and met with loud applauses.
After, the floor was given to President of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Tamas Ajan, who addressing the participant highlighted that he is sincerely glad to see everyone in Ashgabat - beautiful capital of Turkmenistan, on the opening ceremony of 2018 World Weightlifting Championship. It was mentioned that there are several reasons for this tournament to be important. For example, the world weightlifting tournament would be held in 20 weight categories for the first time in the history.
The Head of IWF expressed the hope that new records would be set during these competitions and that these records would be distinguishing feature of the tournament. It was mentioned that this championship is the first step in the qualification for coming Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is also the first championship in Olympic sports that is held in Ashgabat.
Having highlighted that Turkmen side created optimum favourable conditions for this tournament including excellent sport facilities, Tamas Ajan expressed the gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for big support and significant input to the development of the weightlifting.
The culmination moment came and the World Weightlifting Championship was announced to be opened!
Song “Go, Go, my Mother land, Turkmenistan!” written by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and performed by national art masters was the bright final chord of sport festival.
Fire of the torch built above the head of giant horse decorating the dome of the capital Olympic village was lit up again in honour of the opening of the World Weightlifting Championship as a symbol of the triumph of sport, peace and friendship, invariable commitment of Turkmenistan to ideals of international sport movement.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Let me extend my gratitude on the beginning of work of International tourist exhibition and conference “Tourism and Travel” in Avaza National tourist zone. I am confident that the forum would be very important in popularization of tourist potential of the country, - greeting message of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Turkmenistan works on the formation of relevant infrastructure, legal, economic and social bases of tourist activity. Adoption of legal acts on regulation of tourism sphere, construction and opening of fashionable hotel complexes in free economic zone of Avaza, in Ashgabat and velayats, new health improving and entertainment centres cause the growth of potential of the country in the world tourist market.
International rally Amul – Hazar 2018, which was held recently, became not only big important competitions but also excellent event that revealed Turkmen land as attracting direction on the world map for tourists and travellers.
The rally brought together masters and amateurs of this captivating sport from different countries. This project was not only the sport event but also excellent opportunity for popularization of national cultural heritage, historical monuments, variety of bright traditions and rites of our nation in the world, - the message noted.
Formation of modern tourism industry in Turkmenistan as an important factor in development of international cooperation, attraction of innovative technologies to he country and integrated modernization of national economy.
I am confident that international forum on the coast of Caspian Sea would support the establishment and improvement of new partnership relations, successful implementation of innovative approaches to the practice of our country, improvement of Turkmenistan authority as perspective centre of international tourism industry, - the message of the President highlighted.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
September 13. The participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally has reached the third camping at Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake located in the centre of Karakum Desert. Racing crews have covered 236 kilometres of the route full of sand dunes and takyrs (saline soil flat pits).
Out of 46 vehicles participated in the third round of Amul – Hazar 2018 race, the sport car driven by Nani Roma and Aleks Haro was the first. The Spaniards are leading in interim and overall rating of the race making the gap bigger with every part of the route. KAMAZ driven by Ayrat Mardeyev was the second in this leg of the race, having arrived 17 minutes after. Miroslav Zapletali with his co-pilot Marek Sikora were the third to come to Turkmen artificial lake. Czech team is in the second position in overall rating.
Upon arrival to «Altyn asyr» türkmen köli» camo, the racers were warmly greeted by Turkmen artists. National tunes were harmonically combined with the sounds of nature in man-made oasis – the sound of wind was continued in the motifs of dutar and whispering of moving sand particles can be listened between the lines of traditional songs. The participants of the rally enjoyed concert programme and the dishes of Turkmen national cuisine.
There is another day and another leg of the race ahead. The sportsmen will have to cross the border of Balkan Velayat and come over difficult terrain of the region. Until the start of new round, the racers take rest and study legendary Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake.
Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake is a unique project proving that our country makes significant contribution to solution of universal problems related to protection of water resources of the planet. It is generally known that all countries located in the arid zones have problems with salinization of irrigated lands and diversion of subsoil water. Having good experience of farming and water use, Turkmenistan is on the top of scientific studies in this sphere and urges other states to use water resources rationally.
Implementation of large-scale and unique project of creation of artificial lake in the Karakums is under close attention of the Head of the State who regularly inspects the course and outcomes of construction works. In the result, the oasis preventing the discharge of drainage waters from the left bank to Amudarya River has been created. In the future, it will eliminate the discharge of drainage waters from arable lands of Turkmenistan, will improve sanitary conditions and water provision of the population, soil conditions of arable lands in Dashoguz velayat.
Therefore, emergency reserve of water, which can be used for agricultural complex needs like rational use of water resources, solution of diversion of drainage waters and soil salinization, development of new lands, expansion of pastures as well as for irrigation and technical needs due to natural filtration and application of modern technologies. In the future, the creation of Altyn Asyr Lake will allow using formed water pools and diversion collectors for development of fishery. It will also support the improvement of industrial fishery in fishpond facilities of the country.
Already today, Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake makes new favourable ecological and forage conditions for migrating birds in the areas of collector network in Central and Eastern Karakums while the lakes located along the course of Dashoguz diversion channel attract the wetland habitats like ducks, geese, coots, cormorants and other birds.
It already has numerous new places for nesting and hibernation. The flooding of Central Karakums makes positive effect on the condition of the population of hoofed animals, many of which are listed in the Red Book of Turkmenistan, like argali, kulan, Central Asian gazelle. The number of fauna species habituating near water is also growing.
It is remarkable that 293 species of flora where 210 of them have medicinal features grow in Karakum Desert. Due to special attention paid by Turkmen leader to protection and popularization of unique sanctuary zones of Karakum Desert, the country works on inclusion of the desert to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After the night at «Altyn asyr türkmen köli» camp, the participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid will set off along the fourth part of the racetrack to «Sport meýdançasy» camp located 409 km away from artificial lake on Gamyshlaja Plateau in Balkan Velayat.
This part of the route expects the participants of the competition with additional challenges. The outcomes of another leg will show who would be able to overcome these challenges.
Following the race, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke with the director general of the Africa Eco Race who was involved in implementing the Amul – Hazar 2018 project, Jean-Louis Schlesser, who asked the head of state to share his impressions of the prologue.
In response, the Turkmen leader expressed to the renowned driver his congratulations on the sports festival that kicked off on the banks of the Amudarya. “Speaking of the track, as every athlete, I was certainly focused”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Following the precepts of our ancestors to begin a great cause with good wishes, I would like to express to all crews my heartiest wishes for a good journey and, of course, victory.
Jean-Louis Schlesser asked for the head of state’s opinion on holding this grandiose event – the Amul – Hazar 2018 international rally raid – with participation of numerous guests, and on the general idea of this competition.
– Sport is always good as it unites peoples and countries; it implies stability and global peace. Therefore I believe that today’s competition, for which many athletes arrived from different countries, is a great festival. Amul – Hazar 2018 eco-rally raid is of great significance. The name itself suggests that Turkmenistan has always been the heart of the Great Silk Road that is being revived in a new format today. The participants will see with their own eyes this historical route from Amul to Hazar and will enjoy the beautiful nature and the landscape of the Turkmen land. The main course crosses the Karakum Desert, and I believe that its exoticism will inspire our guests, replied the head of state.
During the conversation, the sides specifically focused on the environmental status of the rally. As this type of competition is linked to emission of harmful exhaust gases and СО2, in organizing the rally, we considered environmental and nature-protection issues as overriding matters. Turkmenistan always places a special emphasis on these problems in its policy-making, stressed the President and highlighted that the participants of the Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid were provided with environmentally friendly fuel.
We intend to work on the production of ecological synthetic fuel from natural gas, which will give us an opportunity to see the future of this type of sport. The current processes on our planet – the global warming, natural disasters – take forward the issues concerning the environment and nature protection. In this context, the Turkmen leader stressed that the United Nations General Assembly had adopted relevant resolutions initiated by Turkmenistan.
Jean-Louis Schesser assured the head of state of the Africa Eco Race’s readiness to cooperate with Turkmenistan and of its interest in such partnership, and also of the willingness to raise global awareness on our country’s efforts towards addressing environmental and nature-protection issues.
We prepared the eco-rally raid together, and this is linked to the issues of ecology and environment that are highly relevant in the whole world today, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Another important aspect is the course of the Amul – Hazar 2018 rally that runs along the Great Silk Road. We are reviving this new Silk Road that, at the modern stage, will play an important role in the fields of transport and transit corridors; in shaping the multimodal system and creating the Modal highway, and this is what matters, stressed the Turkmen leader. This is geo-economics and geopolitics, and our initiatives in the fields of transport and transit corridors were supported by the relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, said the head of state.
The Turkmen leader thanked Jean-Louis Schlesser for his important work and noted the high professionalism of the organizing team of the current international competition. He expressed his gratitude for their activity and wishes for luck, good journey and new achievements to all athletes.
The head of state and Jean-Louis Schlesser exchanged opinions on the specifics of the track of the Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid. The French professional stated the high organizational level of the competition and reiterated to the Turkmen leader his gratitude for support and personal contribution, and for taking the time for the discussion.
In recent days, distorted information about allegedly illegal activities of Turkmenistan's border services with respect to the Iranian vessel has spread in the media of Iran and other countries. The Turkmen side states that on March 21, 2018, the border services of Turkmenistan suppressed an attempt to smuggle a large consignment of narcotic drugs by a group of citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran that violated the state border of Turkmenistan on the motorway boat in Turkmenistan's territorial waters, 3-4 km from the coastline of Turkmenistan.
During the detention, these smugglers, not submitting to the commands of the border patrol, took provocative actions against the Turkmen border guards, regarded as an encroachment on life, as a result of which violent methods of coercion were applied against violators in strict accordance with the legislation of Turkmenistan.
Currently, in the case of the incident, the parties, within the framework of the existing border commissar meetings, take appropriate procedural steps.
The Turkmen side, speaking about the above, stresses that any attempts to politicize this issue, from whom they would not proceed, will be regarded as unfriendly towards Turkmenistan and immediately refuted by the Turkmen side.