The delegation of Turkmenistan travels to China for a meeting of neighboring countries of AfghanistanTuesday, 29 March 2022 12:28
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov sent a delegation of Turkmenistan to China, the city of Huangshan, to participate in the third meeting of foreign ministers of neighboring countries of Afghanistan. According to the order signed by him, the delegation was sent on a business trip for the period of March 29-31.
In Huangshan, representatives of Turkmenistan will also take part in the Dialogue "Neighbors of Afghanistan + Afghanistan".
China will host the third meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbors on Wednesday and Thursday, where Beijing will support a new dialogue mechanism that will unite Russia, Pakistan and Iran among other neighbors.
China will host foreign ministers or their representatives from Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, China's foreign ministry said on Monday. Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Interim Government of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaki has been invited to the dialogue “Neighbors of Afghanistan + Afghanistan”.
“The situation in Afghanistan is now in a critical transition from chaos to order, and the Afghan people are facing numerous challenges both inside and outside that need to be addressed with more support and help from others,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday.
“By hosting the third meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighboring countries, China hopes that neighboring countries will come to a greater consensus on the Afghan issue, discuss ways to jointly stabilize the situation in Afghanistan, support and assist the Afghan people, and share our voice with the rest of the international community as neighbors of Afghanistan. At this time, we also expect the international community to give more support to Afghanistan, and urge the US to seriously assume the primary responsibility for Afghanistan's economic recovery,” Wenbin said.
OSCE-organized workshop focuses on the Lapis Lazuli Transit and Transport Corridor, enhancing connectivity in the Caspian Sea regionTuesday, 29 March 2022 12:26
An OSCE-organized regional workshop on the Lapis Lazuli transit and transport corridor started in Ashgabat on 28 March 2022.
Held in a hybrid format, the two-day workshop served as a platform to introduce the strategy on the implementation of the Lapis Lazuli transit and transport corridor. The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat commissioned the development of the strategy and an action plan of its implementation in an effort to support the signatory countries of the Lapis Lazuli transit and transport agreement in operationalizing the corridor. The strategy aims to contribute to enhancing regional economic integration and transport, drastically reducing geographical distances by the smart use of all modes of transport.
More than sixty representatives from the four signatory countries of the Lapis Lazuli Agreement: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Turkmenistan attended the workshop. In addition, the Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA, the Leader of Component 3 of the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia and OSCE experts participated in the event, presenting best practices of trade and transport facilitation.
During the opening session, John MacGregor, Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, noted a number OSCE commitments addressing economic connectivity and transport facilitation.
“Clearly, there is a strong correlation between increased co-operation and connectivity at borders, increased trade, and improving economic growth,” he said.
“This joint work on the Lapis Lazuli corridor will absolutely benefit the peoples of all of the signatory countries through economic growth,” added MacGregor.
Representatives from the four signatory countries shared their comments and suggestions for updating the strategy and the action plan. The Centre will facilitate a review process, making the strategy and its action plan an integral part of the signatory countries’ national development strategy, thus nationally driven and owned. To this end, the workshop enabled the participants to identify the next steps to further support national partners across the corridor realize fully their transport and transit potential.
The workshop was organized within the framework of the Centre’s extrabudgetary project “Strengthening State Border Service Capacities of Turkmenistan” and supported financially by the Government of Norway.
A BRIEFING WAS HELD AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION BY THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLYTuesday, 29 March 2022 12:24
On March 28, 2022, a briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, timed to coincide with the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the resolution “Integration of mainstream bicycling into public transportation systems for sustainable development” and the election of Turkmenistan as a member of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for the period 2022–2028 years.
The briefing was attended by the leadership and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, representatives of local media.
The speeches of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Natalia Gherman, the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Dmitry Shlapachenko, the Head of the Country Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Turkmenistan Yegor Zaitsev and others were heard.
During his speech, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov emphasized that the political events that have recently taken place in the country are of great importance, both in terms of the internal development of the state and society, and the development of international activities of Turkmenistan.
The Minister emphasized the special importance of adopting by the beginning of 2022 of 17 resolutions of the UN General Assembly, the author of which was Turkmenistan, of which 16 resolutions were adopted in the last 15 years. At the same time, Turkmenistan continues to carry out active international activities within the framework of the institutions of the United Nations system, being currently a member of 11 councils, commissions and committees of the UN, R. Meredov added.
As is known, 62 states co-sponsored the current Resolution, which calls for the comprehensive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, the development of environmentally friendly modes of transport and the improvement of road safety.
In this regard, the Minister stated that Turkmenistan is ready to hold an International Conference in 2022 on the role of cycling in ensuring the sustainability and environmental friendliness of urban transport systems.
It was noted that partnership with the UN allows Turkmenistan to realize its neutral status as an important factor of regional stability and security. In this context, R. Meredov, noting the importance of the foreign policy success of Turkmenistan - the country's election as a member of the UN Commission on International Trade Law for the period of 2022-2028, stressed that this is the result of the systematic implementation of the goals and objectives outlined in the "Program for the development of foreign economic activity of Turkmenistan for 2020 -2025" and "Foreign trade strategy of Turkmenistan for 2021-2030".
As noted during the speeches, the election of Turkmenistan to the UN Commission on International Trade Law is the result of purposeful work to implement the strategic course of our country for full integration into international economic and trade relations.
In addition, the participants of the briefing were shown a video film about the foreign policy initiatives of Turkmenistan.
During the briefing, the participants of the event received not only detailed information on the latest events in the international life of the country, presented by the speakers, but also the opportunity to ask their questions.
Head of India Ram Nath Kovind will visit Turkmenistan on April 1-4 at the invitation of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, reports Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India.
This will be the first ever visit of an Indian President to Turkmenistan, the information emphasizes.
High-level talks are expected during the visit, during which issues of bilateral and regional cooperation will be discussed. One of the topics will be the implementation of the results of the India-Central Asia summit.
As a result of the meeting, it is planned to sign a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding.
Also, one of the topics of negotiations may be the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.
Kyrgyzstan came up with an initiative to speed up the creation of a joint development fund with Turkmenistan and start its work this year.
The statement was made at the meeting of the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with his Kyrgyz counterpart Ruslan Kazakbaev on the platform of the meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Islamabad, reports Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan.
The establishment of the fund should contribute to the creation of favorable conditions for the development of trade and economic cooperation between the countries, it was emphasized during the talks.
The ministers also discussed the upcoming fourth Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia, noting the great importance of this format of negotiations for the development of regional cooperation.
On March 22, 2022, on the sidelines of the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC in Islamabad, the head of the foreign policy department of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, held a number of bilateral meetings.
In particular, negotiations of the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov was held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic R. Kazakbayev.
During the talks, the ministers stressed the importance of the existing huge potential for the development of bilateral Turkmen-Kyrgyz relations across the entire spectrum of political-diplomatic, trade-economic, and cultural-humanitarian ties in the long term.
Also on this day, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey M. Çavuşoglu.
The diplomats noted the effectiveness of the bilateral political and diplomatic dialogue between Turkmenistan and Turkey. Regular high-level meetings give a powerful impetus to the development of Turkmen-Turkish cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.
On March 22, bilateral negotiations took place between Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
The parties considered a wide range of issues on the Turkmen-Saudi agenda in the political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
In this context, the positive dynamics of interstate relations was noted; and the need to intensify contacts at the highest and high levels was expressed.
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates congratulated the newly elected President of TurkmenistanFriday, 18 March 2022 15:12
Today, the telephone conversation took place between incumbent President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
In the course of the trusted conversation, the head of the state informed that according to the outcome of the presidential elections of March 12 announced by the Central elections committee, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected new President of Turkmenistan. At that, the leader of the nation noted that he intends to continue his work actively but already in a new capacity –as Chairman of the Khalk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
Availing of the opportunity, incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his special attention and great personal contribution to the development of fruitful cooperation between Turkmenistan and UAE.
Having underlined that in recent years the sides have made all round efforts to expand and deepen relations between two brotherly countries, the head of the state expressed firm confidence in further development of long-term successful partnership in all growing interested fields.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, in his turn, congratulated the Turkmen leader with the presidential elections held on a wide alternative basis, the success of which have become another bright evidence of steady course of our country on the chosen path of democratic transformations.
Having pointed out that in recent years, namely under the leadership of national leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sovereign Turkmenistan could reach unseen heights in all spheres augmenting its authority higher on the international arena, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan wished the incumbent head of Turkmenistan sound health and success in his new career.
Having expressed his acknowledgment for his kind words, the leader of the nation passed the receiver to newly elected President Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
Having sincerely thanked Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his congratulations and best wishes in connection with his election to the highest state post, Serdar Berdimuhamedov underlined that he intends to continue the policy of the incumbent President of the country. In particular, readiness for further intensification of interstate relations between Turkmenistan and UAE, development of new promising areas of cooperation, which initially was established on a long-term and mutually beneficial basis, was confirmed.
At the end of the telephone conversation, incumbent head of the state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, newly elected President Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan exchanged wishes of sound health and great success in their responsible state activity and brotherly peoples of friendly countries –peace, progress and prosperity.
Today, the telephone conversation has taken place between incumbent President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah.
Having exchanged warm greetings, the interlocutors highly appreciated the traditionally friendly interstate dialogue, which has obtained a new content in the modern epoch.
An official visit of the Türkmen leader to the Kingdom of Bahrain and a state visit of the King of Bahrain to Turkmenistan, which relatively took place in 2011 and 2019, became landmark events in the history of bilateral relations. By the outcome of the high-level talks, important agreements were reached and a pack of documents, which laid a reliable foundation for further fruitful cooperation, was signed.
In the course of conversation incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov touched on the topic of the Presidential elections, which were held in our country on March 12, and by its results, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected new head of the Turkmen state. As the leader of the nation informed, from this moment, he intends to continue his active work as Chairman of the Khalk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
Having noted that in recent years under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Turkmenistan has reached significant progress in all spheres of life of the state and society, King Hamad al Isa Khalifah wished the leader of the nation success in his further work for the benefit of his country and people.
Having expressed his acknowledgment for kind words, incumbent President of Turkmenistan, availing of the given opportunity, thanked the King of Bahrain for his personal contribution to the strengthening of bilateral relations.
Further, the leader of the nation passed the receiver to newly elected President Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
Having warmly congratulated the newly elected head of Turkmenistan with his victory at the presidential elections, the King of Bahrain wished him great success in his responsible work at the highest state post.
Having expressed his sincere gratitude for congratulations and kind wishes, newly elected President Serdar Berdimuhamedov confirmed his readiness to continue the policy initiated by the incumbent head of the state, one of the priority areas of which is development of constructive partnership with countries of the Arab world. On its side, Turkmenistan intends to further strengthen mutually beneficial relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain in all areas: political and diplomatic, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
At the ned of the telephone conversation, having expressed confidence that Turkmen-Bahrain cooperation based on unshakable traditions of friendship and brotherhood, principles of equality, mutual respect and support, will further be developed dynamically, incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah exchanged their best wishes of each other and peoples of both countries.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA CONGRATULATED THE NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTANThursday, 17 March 2022 14:57
On March 16, 2022, a telephone conversation took place between the current President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.
After exchanging warm greetings, the interlocutors noted with satisfaction the high level and progressive dynamics of interstate relations built on the principles of equality, mutual respect and strategic partnership.
During a telephone conversation, the incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov touched upon the topic of the presidential elections held in our country on March 12. Noting that, according to the results of the popular vote announced by the Central Election Commission, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected President of Turkmenistan, the leader of the nation announced his intention to continue his active work as the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of the country.
Taking the opportunity, the incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked President Xi Jinping for his great personal contribution to strengthening the Turkmen-Chinese cooperation and fruitful joint work.
Then the leader of the nation handed over the handset to the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
Warmly congratulating the newly elected head of the Turkmen state on his victory in the elections, the President of the People's Republic of China wished him great success in his responsible work in this important post.
Expressing sincere gratitude to the head of the People's Republic of China for congratulations and good wishes, the newly elected President of Turkmenistan, for his part, confirmed his readiness to continue the foreign policy course initiated by the leader of the nation Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, further develop a multifaceted partnership with China, and also fully support the ideas and proposals for deepening and building up the Turkmen -Chinese interaction.
In continuation of the conversation, the effective nature of interstate cooperation, which is successfully developing in the political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres, was emphasized. Our countries have established productive cooperation in a wide range of industries. For many years, China has been one of the major trading partners of Turkmenistan.
Expressing confidence that the fruitful interstate relations, which have passed the test of time and proved their effectiveness, will continue to steadily strengthen and expand for the common good, the incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping wished each other health and success in responsible state activity, and peace, well-being and prosperity to the friendly peoples of the two countries.
On March 16, 2022, a telephone conversation took place between the current President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
Having warmly greeted his colleague, the leader of the nation said that, according to the results of the presidential elections held on March 12 announced by the Central Election Commission, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected the new President of Turkmenistan, saying that he intends to continue his active work, but already as Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh.
Taking the opportunity, the current head of Turkmenistan thanked the President of the Republic of Belarus for his great personal contribution to the development of bilateral relations and fruitful cooperation.
In turn, President Alexander Lukashenko, congratulating the Turkmen leader on the successful presidential elections, noted that this social and political event aroused great interest among the world community and became another confirmation of the democratization of modern Turkmen society.
Expressing his sincere gratitude to his Belarusian colleague for the congratulations and kind words, the current head of state stressed that for many years effective joint work has been carried out to expand relations between the two countries, and expressed confidence in the further steady development and strengthening of the established constructive dialogue.
Having wished the head of the Republic of Belarus good health, long life and success in all undertakings, the leader of the nation handed the phone to newly elected President Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
Warmly congratulating the elected head of Turkmenistan on his convincing victory in the elections, President Alexander Lukashenko wished him great success in his work at the highest state post.
Sincerely thanking for the congratulations and good wishes, Serdar Berdimuhamedov expressed his readiness to continue the course of the current President of Turkmenistan, aimed at further strengthening the multifaceted partnership with the Republic of Belarus, with which good traditions of friendship and cooperation have historically developed, meeting the long-term mutual interests of our peoples and countries.
At the end of the telephone conversation, the incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and President Alexander Lukashenko, expressing firm confidence that bilateral cooperation would continue to grow on a mutually beneficial and equal basis, addressed each other best wishes.