As part of her video message at the international conference "The Policy of Neutrality and Its Role in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", UNESCO Director General Audrey Azulay emphasized that Turkmenistan, having proclaimed its Neutrality, opened a new chapter in its history, which is rich in dialogue between peoples and cultures, and being part of the common roots of humanity.
The Director General of UNESCO stated that “Turkmenistan's Neutrality is a continuation of this story, since this commitment to peace for the country and for the region is far from being aloof or solitary. In fact, it reflects a strong openness to the world. "
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В рамках своего видеообращения на международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития» Генеральный директор ЮНЕСКО Одри Азулай особо подчеркнула, что Туркменистан провозгласив свой нейтралитет, открыл новую главу в своей истории, которая богата диалогом между народами и культурами, и являющегося частью общих корней человечества.
Гендиректор ЮНЕСКО констатировала, что «Нейтралитет Туркменистана – это продолжение этой истории, так как эта приверженность миру для страны и для региона – далеко не отстранённость или уединение. На самом деле это отражает решительную открытость миру».
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the International Day of Neutrality from December 9, 2020, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia on large monitors installed in the center of Tbilisi has launched a video dedicated to these significant events.
This is not the first video this year dedicated to the neutrality of Turkmenistan.
Thanks to the new video, the Georgian public can get to know more about Turkmenistan, its enormous successes in political, economic and cultural life.
The video will be displayed until 15 December 2020.
On December 10, 2020, a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan in the format of a video conference.
The meeting was attended by the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary S. Lebedev.
The meeting participants discussed the results of joint activities over the past period, and also outlined priority areas of cooperation for the next year. Special emphasis was placed on the issues of regional and international security, deepening cooperation in the field of healthcare, science and culture. The parties exchanged views on key aspects of cooperation on issues of mutual interest.
During the meeting, the texts of two statements were agreed upon, namely, the Joint Statement of the Heads of the CIS Member States on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN and the Joint Statement of the Heads of the Member States on Cooperation in the Field of International Information Security.
The plan of multi-level inter-ministerial consultations within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2021 was discussed. Speaking at the event, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov noted that during the meeting of the Council of the Heads of States of the Commonwealth on 11 October 2017, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov voiced the proposal on expanding the partnership between the external policy agencies.
Turkmenistan stands for the multifaceted cooperation within the CIS and the need to improve interaction at all levels, taking into account modern challenges and realities.
The initiative of the President of Turkmenistan to intensify the partnership between the foreign affairs agencies within the CIS was underlined. A clear position of the Turkmen side in maintaining and safekeeping political and economic stability in the region, strengthening the bonds of friendship and good-neighborliness, protecting the environment, and developing partnerships in the field of healthcare, including through cooperation with the UN, was also stated. The key steps of the Government of Turkmenistan to maintain international information security were highlighted.
Following the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the ministers of the CIS member states agreed on a number of joint documents among which the draft Joint Statement of the Heads of the CIS member states on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN and the Joint Statement of the Heads of the Member States on Cooperation in the Field of International information security; Plan of multi-level inter-ministerial consultations within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2021; as well as the Decision to declare 2022 the Year of Folk Art and Cultural Heritage in the Commonwealth of Independent States, 2023 - the Year of the Russian language as a language of interethnic communication.
During his speech at the high-level pledging event of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan reiterated the strong commitment of Turkmenistan and its President to providing humanitarian assistance to the countries which have faced with emergency situations of natural and technogenic character.
It was stated in particular that following the humane values and the principles of humanity, Turkmenistan has repeatedly provided humanitarian assistance to the neighboring countries, as well as to other states of the world which have face the humanitarian crises.
Upon the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, the country has made its voluntary contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund in the amount of 100 000 USD in 2020.
Turkmenistan has already acknowledged about its next contribution to the CERF in 2021.
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.
On December 3, 2020, the 27th meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) began in the format of a videoconference, in the capital of the Republic of Albania, Tirana.
The Turkmen delegation was headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov.
The agenda of the meeting is very busy. On the first day of the meeting, the addresses of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and the President of the Organization's Parliamentary Assembly were heard. The report of the OSCE Secretariat was also presented to the attention of the participants. This was followed by plenary sessions, during which the heads of delegations, heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the OSCE participating States and the partner countries for cooperation made statements.
The parties assessed the current level of cooperation in political, economic, environmental and humanitarian directions in the OSCE area. Special attention was paid to security issues, protection of human rights and freedoms, and the fight against the global pandemic. The need to strengthen the work of the OSCE through closer coordination and cooperation, improved strategic planning and openness to reform was emphasized.
Speaking at the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reaffirmed Turkmenistan's commitment to multifaceted cooperation with the OSCE. The participants were presented with specific proposals to improve cooperation on the OSCE platform, in particular, in the field of social, economic, environmental and energy security.
"Our country will continue to make every effort to establish the principles of international law, the ideals of humanism, justice, tolerance, mutual respect as factors that determine modern relations between states," R. Meredov said.
Conceptual approaches of Turkmenistan to ensuring security and stability outlined at the OSCE Ministerial CouncilFriday, 04 December 2020 11:13
Speaking today at the 27th online-meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov reflected the vision of the leadership of Turkmenistan on the concept of security.
In particular, it was noted that the conceptual approaches of Turkmenistan to ensuring security and stability were repeatedly voiced in the speeches of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the platforms of the UN, OSCE and other authoritative international organizations. “They are based on the principle of integrity and indivisibility of security, which means for us the continuity and interdependence of such elements as political, economic, food, environmental and other types of security,” the Minister noted.
Speaking about the negative consequences of the global pandemic and the state of security in the world, the head of the foreign policy agency of Turkmenistan proposed to consider the possibilities of preparing the OSCE Common Security Strategy - a new international legal mechanism aimed at resolving a number of interrelated political, socio-economic and humanitarian tasks.
In this context, the importance of restoring trust in international politics was emphasized; the UN General Assembly resolution was highlighted according to which, at the initiative of Turkmenistan, 2021 was declared the International Year of Peace and Trust. The plans of Turkmenistan to organize the International Forum of Peace and Trust, “which will allow to outline the ways to the full and comprehensive establishment of a culture of peace and trust in international relations as the basis of a strong and stable security system,” noted R.Meredov.
During the speech, he also noted the uniqueness and effectiveness of the policy of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which calls for an equal, respectful and mutually beneficial international partnership. The Turkmen delegation expressed Turkmenistan's readiness to take an active part in the development of new concepts and strategies in the field of peacebuilding and peacekeeping, using its experience of positive neutrality.
Turkmenistan proposes to widen cooperation in the area of nature protection and climate change on the OSCE platformFriday, 04 December 2020 11:11
Speaking today at the OSCE Ministerial Council held online, the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan R.Meredov underlined the importance of nature protection and climate change issues. As is known, the ecological safety is one of the priority spheres of cooperation between the countries within the OSCE.
The head of Turkmen delegation stated the importance of search for effective and modern resolutions of ecological problems. In this regard, the proposal was voiced on the preparation of the Comprehensive Ecological Programme of OSCE which will help to concretize the priorities of the Organization in the nature protection field.
“Such Programme could become a good basis for the development of projects in the area of protection and rational use of the interior, land and water resources in the OSCE member states,” said Minister Meredov.
The OSCE Ministerial Council is an effective platform for discussing pressing issues and resolving common challenges facing the Organization. On the first day of the 27th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, held in Tirana via video conferencing, issues of a socio-economic nature were raised.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov drew the attention of the meeting participants to the regions of Central Asia and the Caspian Sea, which are playing an increasing role in international politics. The discussion, in particular, was about the energy resource potential and the development opportunities of transport and communication corridors of these regions, which open up great economic and political advantages for states of the whole OSCE region.
In this regard, the expediency of the proposal of the Turkmen side to establish specialized structures of the OSCE - the Council on Sustainable Energy and the Commission on Transport Policy was once again emphasized.
It was noted that energy is one of the key areas of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the OSCE. Turkmenistan stands for the introduction of mutually acceptable cooperation mechanisms designed to contribute to the formation of a single vector in the OSCE's activities, based on a balance of interests and ensuring mutual rights and opportunities.
At the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in the format of a videoconference, joint actions to uphold the values of democracy, the rule of law and individual freedom were discussed.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan made a special emphasis on the humanitarian dimension of activities within the OSCE, advocating the creation of a more democratic and peaceful Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region.
Stressing the importance of the conscientious fulfillment of the OSCE commitments, Minister Meredov highly appreciated the cooperation between Turkmenistan and the OSCE in the field of human rights and freedoms. Over the past years, a large number of joint projects and programs have been implemented.
Within the framework of the current OSCE Ministerial Council, the Turkmen side proposed to consider the possibility of developing a long-term OSCE Platform for Action in the humanitarian dimension.
At the meeting, it was noted that Turkmenistan intends to continue to make every effort to establish the principles of international law, the ideals of humanism, mutual respect as key factors determining modern relations between states.