Turkmenistan initiates strategy of joint efforts to overcome global crisis

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 15:13

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated in Online Summit-level meeting of Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in Response to COVID-19.

Consistently implementing the foreign policy course, based on the principles of positive neutrality, peacefulness and good neighborliness, Turkmenistan calls for the development of wide fruitful cooperation that meets the goals of well-being in the regional and global dimensions.

In order to implement its creative potential for the common good, our country also actively interacts with authoritative international organizations and structures, making a significant contribution to strengthening the constructive partnership in developing balanced solutions to address important tasks of our time.

Speaking at the Online Summit-level meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement for convening the meeting.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed belief that the Non-Aligned Movement, which includes 120 states united by the common responsibility for the fate of the planet, cannot stay out its decision. Therefore, the Online Summit-level meeting of Non-Aligned Movement provides an opportunity to exchange views and assessments of a difficult situation, and outline ways to overcome it.

In this context, the President of Turkmenistan focused on some aspects of this problem.

First, it is clear that effective pandemic response demands a coordinated global response.

In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan proposed to develop and adopt a programme document within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement that includes the basic principles of solidarity of member states in the fight against epidemics, as well as a complex of measures aimed at preventing and eliminating them.

Touching upon the second aspect, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that the mutual assistance of states - organizational, moral, financial, material played a crucial role. In the provision of such assistance, any forms of its politicization, discrimination, and setting any counter conditions are unacceptable.

Thirdly, close interaction between professionals is of great importance in the fight against a pandemic and its consequences. It is necessary to fully use the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy. It includes a constant exchange of experience, knowledge and information on the methods of treatment and prevention of a disease, medical preparations and equipment, personal protective equipment. In this context, the President of Turkmenistan spoke about the advisability of creating a Council of medical scientists of non-aligned states.

Touching upon the fourth aspect, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that joint multilateral work should be carried out with the coordinating role of the United Nations and in close cooperation with the World Health Organization, which has accumulated unique experience in combating viral diseases.

Expressing Turkmenistan’s support to WHO work and sincerely thanking its leadership and staff for their dedicated and professional work, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that our country would continue active cooperation with this important international structure and expressed the willingness to render all possible assistance to it.

According to the President of Turkmenistan, it is crucial to establish effective channels of partnership between the Non-Aligned Movement and WHO, primarily through the medical communities of our countries. Speaking about this, the Turkmen leader suggested the Governments of the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement to develop the forms of such joint activities.

The President of Turkmenistan also emphasized the importance of efficient cooperation with the United Nations and its specialized structures.

Addressing the participants of the Online Summit-level meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that, along with the urgent measures and tasks, it was important to think about the future.

It is obvious that the agenda of the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly will be substantially adjusted for the pandemic and will be mostly oriented towards the post-crisis period, during which the entire world community will have to work on restoring economy, social sphere and resolving humanitarian issues.

Therefore, today, it is necessary to create platforms for bringing the global economy onto the path of sustainable growth and the key areas should be energy, industry, transport, and trade.

“The global energy market has never encountered such difficulties as the current ones. Under these conditions, the establishment of energy supplies to world markets on fair and transparent principles, equality, recognition and consideration of the interests of states is of particular importance”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The most important aspect of achieving this goal is the diversification of energy flows.

The President of Turkmenistan emphasized the significance to rapidly and fully restore transport links between countries and regions, transit corridors, as well as the search for new routes. This work will lead to the creation of a new infrastructure and, as a result, to the solution of many social problems, creation of new jobs.

According to the President of Turkmenistan, our states are called upon to play an important role in this area, contributing to the positive development of geo-economic processes in the world.

“We also have to join efforts to address large-scale humanitarian issues caused by the consequences of the pandemic”, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized. Assistance to migrants, refugees, vulnerable populations, especially in developing countries, should remain a priority on the agenda of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Specifying safeguarding of everlasting peace and security as the main, decisive condition for achieving all the goals set and overcoming the current crisis, the Turkmen leader stated that it was impossible to talk about the successful fight against the pandemic, overcoming its consequences against the background of wars and conflicts. “Therefore, we, the states of the Non-Aligned Movement, must resolutely declare our firm commitment to the peaceful resolution of all international disputes and contradictions”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized.

As is well known, UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution initiated by Turkmenistan, declaring the year 2021 as “The International Year of Peace and Trust” in September last year. In this regard, the Turkmen leader addressed the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement with an appeal to actively contribute to the achievement of the goals set out in the Resolution, to contribute to the peaceful, constructive development of processes on the planet.

In conclusion, the President of Turkmenistan expressed support for the proposed draft Declaration, wishing all the participants of the meeting good health and success, and peace and prosperity to the peoples of the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement expressed gratitude to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the initiatives put forward to coordinate global efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and ensure constructiveness in developing cooperation.


The state news agency of Turkmenistan





Туркменистан направил гуманитарную помощь соседнему Афганистану

Published in World
Saturday, 02 May 2020 18:31

2 мая 2020 года Туркменистан направил в Исламскую Республику Афганистан гуманитарную помощь. Соответствующее Распоряжение было подписано Президентом Туркменистана 30 апреля.

Хяким и представители велаята Фарьяб соседней страны с признательностью приняли помощь от туркменского народа и выразили искренние слова благодарности Президенту Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедову за всестороннюю поддержку и внимание народу Исламской Республики Афганистан. Гуманитарный груз состоит из продовольственных продуктов, произведенных туркменскими производителями.

Туркменистан, успешно реализуя политику постоянного Нейтралитета, признанного всеми государствами-участниками ООН, поддерживает добрососедские и миролюбивые отношения со всеми странами мира, в частности со своими непосредственными соседями. Туркменистан, активно участвуя в международных действиях, направленных на поддержание мира, стабильности и безопасности в регионе, вносит важный вклад в социально-экономическую интеграцию соседнего Афганистана в мировые и международные дела, реализовывая на практике крупные инфраструктурные проекты и оказывая всестороннюю помощь гуманитарного характера.

Как известно, Туркменистан, следуя исконным традициям добрососедства поддерживает тесные связи с ближайшими государствами и при необходимости предоставляет руку помощи в нелёгкое для соседей время. Данные действия в свою очередь являются проявлением национального рвения туркменского народа.

Aspects of cooperation reviewed at video conference session with International Migration Organization

Published in World
Friday, 01 May 2020 14:09

Development of constructive cooperation between Turkmenistan and International Migration Organization has been reviewed at the video conference sessions with IMO Regional Coordinator for Central Asia Zeynal Gajiyev held in the Foreign Ministry and the State Migration Service.

Realization of joint programmes planned in the next year has been discussed in details. Having noted importance of National Action Plan of Turkmenistan for combating of human trafficking in 2020 – 2022 approved by the Resolution of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov last December, the participants of the meeting spoke for intensification of productive relations.

Being a full member of the world community and having joined number of basic international documents regulating provision of rights and freedoms of people, our country strictly follows undertaken obligations and demonstrates commitment to high principles of humanity, democratic development and modern legal society.

Having highlighted the efficiency of cooperation in international formats, the sides stated the necessity of coordination of activities for solution of current objectives in this sphere as well as for response to emergency situations.

Special attention will be paid to strengthening of measures of regulation of migration, development of international cooperation including search for practical solution of problems in this sphere and provision of humanitarian aid to those who needs it.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Телефонный разговор между Президентом Туркменистана и Президентом Исламской Республики Иран

Published in World
Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:53

Сегодня состоялся телефонный разговор между Президентом Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедовым и Президентом Исламской Республики Иран Хасаном Рухани.

Тепло приветствуя друг друга, главы двух соседних государств выразили удовлетворение возможностью в личной беседе обсудить приоритетные вопросы туркмено-иранских отношений, неизменно носящих дружественный характер.

Президенты Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов и Хасан Рухани обменялись взаимными поздравлениями по случаю наступления священного месяца Ораза, адресовав пожелания мира, благополучия и процветания народам обеих стран.

В ходе телефонного разговора собеседники дали высокую оценку межгосударственному диалогу, в основу которого заложены традиции добрососедства и объединяющие два народа историко-культурные связи.

Как отмечалось, сегодня туркмено-иранские отношения активно развиваются по всему спектру – в политической, экономической и гуманитарной сферах. Наряду с этим, Туркменистан и Иран эффективно сотрудничают в рамках авторитетных международных организаций, в том числе ООН и её специализированных структур.

В продолжение беседы главы двух государств также обменялись мнениями по актуальным вопросам региональной и международной проблематики. В данном контексте была затронута тема пандемии коронавируса (COVID-19), охватившей широкое географическое пространство и оказывающей негативное влияние на жизнь многих государств и народов. Как отмечалось, распространение коронавирусной инфекции нового типа обрело глобальный характер и стало причиной возникновения кризисных ситуаций в мире.

Туркменистан, подчеркнул Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов, всецело поддерживает усилия мирового сообщества в борьбе с пандемией COVID-19. Наша страна выступает за активизацию международного сотрудничества, направленного на выработку согласованных шагов для успешного противодействия этой опасной угрозе и опирающегося на такие непреходящие общечеловеческие ценности, как гуманизм, взаимная поддержка и солидарность.

В данной связи туркменский лидер высказал убеждение, что консолидация усилий всех государств планеты будет способствовать достижению желаемых результатов в решении этой важной задачи.

Поблагодарив иранского коллегу за уделяемое большое внимание двустороннему сотрудничеству, Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов выразил уверенность, что взаимовыгодное межгосударственное партнёрство будет и впредь укрепляться на общее благо.

Подтвердив приверженность Исламской Республики Иран традиционно дружественным отношениям с Туркменистаном, Президент Хасан Рухани высказался в поддержку инициатив туркменского лидера по наращиванию регионального и международного взаимодействия, нацеленного на обеспечение всеобщего благополучия, выработку сбалансированных решений актуальных проблем современности.

В завершение беседы, отметив наличие солидного потенциала для дальнейшего динамичного развития плодотворного туркмено-иранского сотрудничества, главы двух государств-соседей вновь поздравили друг друга с наступлением священного Ораза – благословенного месяца благих дел, милосердия и гуманизма, адресовав в этой связи наилучшие пожелания братским народам обеих стран и всей мусульманской умме.

Телефонный разговор состоялся по инициативе иранской стороны.


Государственное информационное агентство Туркменистана (TDH)

Telephone conversation between President of Turkmenistan and IRI President

Published in World
Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:22

President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Cordially greeting each other, the heads of the two neighboring states expressed satisfaction with an opportunity to discuss the priority issues of Turkmen-Iranian relations.

The leaders of the two states exchanged mutual congratulations on the holy month of Oraza, addressing the wishes of peace, prosperity and wellbeing to the peoples of Turkmenistan and Iran.

During the telephone conversation, the President of Turkmenistan and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran highly evaluated the interstate dialogue, which is based on the traditions of good neighborliness and historical and cultural ties that unite the two peoples.

As noted, today, the Turkmen-Iranian relations rapidly develop in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres. Along with this, Turkmenistan and Iran effectively cooperate within the framework of authoritative international organizations, including the UN and its specialized structures.

The heads of the two states exchanged views on crucial issues of regional and international problems, including coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) that spreads over a wide geographical space and has a negative impact on the lives of many states and peoples. As noted, the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection had acquired a global character and had led to critical situation in the world.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan fully supported the efforts of the world community in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Our country stands for the intensification of international cooperation aimed at developing coordinated measures to counter this dangerous threat based on enduring universal values as humanism, mutual support and solidarity.

In this regard, the Turkmen leader expressed belief that the consolidation of efforts of all the states on the planet would contribute to achieving the desired results to address this important task.

Thanking the Iranian colleague for the great attention paid to bilateral cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that mutually beneficial interstate partnership would strengthen for the common good.

Confirming the commitment of the Islamic Republic of Iran to traditionally friendly relations with Turkmenistan, President Hassan Rouhani expressed support to the Turkmen leader’s initiatives aimed at enhancing regional and international cooperation to ensure universal well-being and balanced solutions to critical problems of our time.

At the end of the conversation, underlining the significant potential for the further dynamic development of fruitful Turkmen-Iranian cooperation, the heads of the two neighboring states once again congratulated each other on the Holy month of Oraza - a blessed month of good deeds, mercy and humanism, addressing in this regard the best wishes to the fraternal peoples of the both countries and the entire Muslim Ummah.

The telephone conversation took place on the initiative of the Iranian leader.


The state news agency of Turkmenistan 


Published in World
Monday, 27 April 2020 20:09

On April 27, 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov held a meeting with the representatives of the United Nations and its structural agencies working in Turkmenistan.

The meeting was focused on the main topic of the recent telephone conversation between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.

As the chief of the external political agency has mentioned, the President of Turkmenistan and the UN Secretary-General reiterated the high level of cooperation, as well as discussed the urgent matters of the international agenda, particularly the social and economic situation in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.  In this regard, the parties considered the opportunities for the perfection of collaboration by strengthening joint efforts.  Thus, the Turkmen side is ready to present its experience and possibilities for the resolution of problems and is designing a National plan under the auspices of the UN.      

Based on the aforesaid, Minister underlined the need to intensify cooperation with all the UN structures functioning in Turkmenistan for the implementation of the goals voiced by the Head of State that are aimed at overall wellbeing.   

The representatives of international organizations highly appraised the actions of the Government of Turkmenistan, as well as the openness of the country and its commitment to establish the international mechanisms in the field of healthcare, food security, and transport. It was stated that the given telephone conversation serves as a vivid proof of friendship, trust and mutual understanding between Turkmenistan and the UN. 

It was emphasized that Turkmenistan, being an active member of the UN intends to cooperate further with its international partners for the search of effective resolutions and approaches to the challenges and threats of modern times.


Published in World
Saturday, 18 April 2020 12:56

Today, on April 17, 2020, an International Media Forum was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, in the form of a video conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s permanent neutrality.

The media forum was attended by heads and representatives of several ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, members of the faculty of a number of Turkmen universities, national media, scientists, experts, as well as leaders and representatives of major news agencies such as MIR, TASS, TRT AVAZ, TV-24, NEWS ASTRO, Azertadzh, Anadolu Azhansy, Arminfo, Renmin Ribao, Kazinform, Mangistau-Media, Noyan Tapan, NHK, China daily, News Day Georgia, Daily Ittehad, Business Central Asia, Kabar, Psearcher, MIA Trend, UzReport»,   «NEWS ASTRO», «News of Uzbekistan» and newsroom Asia-Caucasus. Along with news agencies, the media forum was attended by representatives of other media, including the Russian Foreign Ministry magazine “International Life”, the magazines “Istanbul today”, “Diplomatic Gozlem”, “The Diplomatic Insight”, “The Georgian Business Week”, “Diva International” and newspaper publications "Russian Newspaper", "Multinational Georgia", as well as the television channel "Objective" and others.

The meeting was also attended by rectors and professors of well-known foreign universities, heads of authoritative foreign public organizations and more than 50 correspondents of news agencies from over 20 countries of the world.

At the opening of the media forum, the importance of Turkmenistan’s policy of permanent neutrality, conducted under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, was noted.

During the speeches, the forum participants spoke about their vision of the status of positive neutrality of Turkmenistan, aimed at promoting humane values, achieving progress in the world exclusively through peaceful and constructive dialogue. A video was shown as part of the media forum, which demonstrated the success of the time-tested neutrality policy of Turkmenistan.

According to A. Kopnov, Deputy General Director of TASS Information Agency of Russia: “The neutrality of Turkmenistan serves as a good basis for the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations between the states of the region and the world. Turkmenistan’s permanent neutrality reflects the desire of its people to maintain peace and good neighborly relations with other countries”.

In his speech, Professor S. Faltas, doctor of economic sciences, independent consultant on democratization and security sector reforms in the Netherlands, emphasized that Turkmenistan has successfully combined positive neutrality with its foreign policy, which is implemented on the principles of good neighborliness and mutual respect.

During his speech, V. Shadursky, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Dean of the Department of International Relations of the Belarus State University, highlighted the special importance of the Neutrality of Turkmenistan in the context of strengthening and expanding mutually beneficial friendly relations between peoples and countries of the world.

Also B. Akhmetov, Rector of the Caspian State University of Technology and Engineering named after S. Yesenov, the Republic of Kazakhstan, having specified the main directions of the Institute of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, noted that "Kazakhstan, as a friendly country, supports the policy of neutrality of Turkmenistan and respects its independently chosen development path."

The event participants also exchanged views on issues of Turkmen neutrality in the “question-answer” format. All participants were invited to take part in the international conference “The policy of Neutrality and its role in ensuring international peace, security and sustainable development”, scheduled for December this year in Ashgabat.

Press service  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

Turkmen-Afghan talks in the field of transport

Published in Economics
Thursday, 16 April 2020 13:38

On April 16, 2020, a video conference was held between the representatives of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency, open joint-stock company “Demiryollary” and the Railway Authority of the Ministry of Transport of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Turkmen side was headed by the Chairman of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency A.Atamyradov. The Afghan side was led by the General Director of the Railway Authority of Afghanistan Mohammad Yamma Shams.  

During the meeting, issues related to the construction of the Akina-Andkhoy railway line, the work carried out under the project for the construction of the Turgundi-Herat railway were discussed.

The participants also exchanged views on optimizing transit freight traffic and wagons passing through the IRA, further developing of the transport corridor between the Lapis Lazuli agreement participating countries.  Separately, issues of obtaining visas for railway workers and other issues were considered.


Published in World
Saturday, 11 April 2020 12:52

Today, on the 10th of April 2020, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the extraordinary Summit of the Turkic Council upon the invitation of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev who is chairing the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-speaking States.  

The Summit which was held through videoconferencing united the Heads of States of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.  The Prime Minister of Hungary, Secretary-General of the Turkic Council and the Director General of WHO also participated to the event.   

The participants of the Summit discussed the measures implemented at the national and worldwide levels on countering the coronavirus pandemic, including the development of multilateral cooperation in the area of healthcare and addressing the common challenges.  They also considered the ways of overcoming the negative effects of the given situation on the world economy.   

The President of Turkmenistan noted the necessity of working out the coordinated actions to successfully resist the given threat, as well as expressed confidence in that at current time the Turkic-speaking nations must demonstrate their best merits – humanism, mutual support and solidarity. He also underlined that being a responsible member of the international community, Turkmenistan is in active contact with the United Nations and its specialized agencies, primarily the World Health Organization.       

Assuring that the work in this regard will further continue, the Head of State has underlined that in the result of timely implemented measures, the sanitary-hygienic situation in Turkmenistan is stable and is under control. 


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan


Published in Economics
Friday, 10 April 2020 12:41

On April 9, 2020, a telecast was held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, teachers and students of the Institute of International Relations, as well as leaders and representatives of the Turkmen Logistics Association, government agencies “Türkmendemirýollary”, “Türkmenawtoulaglary”, Türkmenhowaýollary, Türkmendeňizderýaýollary”.

From the Georgian side the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia A. Sagirashvili took part via video link, as well as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Turkmenistan M. Murdzhikneli participated to the meeting.

According to the participants of this event, the transport sector is one of the key vectors of bilateral cooperation between Turkmenistan and Georgia. This interaction is based on the coincidence of the positions of the parties on the creation of transport and transit corridors between Asia and Europe.

Also the parties discussed the existing and planned transport corridors, the possibilities of delivering goods to European ports, the work done to date and the prospects for cooperation between Turkmenistan and Georgia.

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