President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Attends Tribute Ceremony in Honor of S.A.Niyazov

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 18:28

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended the flower-laying ceremony at the S.A.Niyazov Monument at the capital’s 10 Years of Independence Park to pay tribute to the first President of Turkmenistan.

Remembering the deceased is a Turkmen people’s time-honored tradition established thousands of years ago and transmitted from generation to generation; the tradition that is being continued with dignity in the modern era thanks to the humane policy pursued by the head of state.

This magnificent monument and a museum that opened last year in Kipchak at the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov symbolize the warm tribute paid by the people of our country to the blessed memory of Saparmurat Niyazov who made a tremendous contribution to the establishment of independence, strengthening of sovereignty and recognition of Turkmenistan’s neutrality.

Early in the morning, the head of state arrived at the square in front of the capital’s 10 Years of Independence Park.

The Chair of the National Parliament, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement authorities, ministries and sectoral agencies, the mayor of Ashgabat, members of the clergy, representatives of public organizations, mass media, honorable elders, students and Ashgabat’s numerous residents gathered here.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proceeded to the S.A.Niyazov Monument and laid a wreath at its foot. The head of state was followed by the participants of the ceremony who laid flowers to the monument.

This event became an expression of our people’s profound respect for the blessed memory of the first President of Turkmenistan.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

The President of Turkmenistan takes part in the event dedicated to coming New Year

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 18:20

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the event dedicated to New Year organized in Mizan Centre.

Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, leaders of the Mejlis, military and law enforcement structures, ministries and departments, public organizations, heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan, ambassadors of our country, cultural personnel and art masters have gathered there.

The Head of the State extended warm congratulations on coming celebration to the participants, having noted that 2018 became another important milestone in modern history. This year, which is held under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”, has been marked with numerous events indicating great success and achievements of our country and its high authority in the world arena.

The Head of the State continued that big plans and objectives aimed at further strengthening of national economy, steadfast development of science, education, health protection and social sphere are planned for the next year of 2019, which would be held under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Home of Prosperity”. Having highlighted that all of these is to improve the wellbeing of Turkmen people, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished happiness, family prosperity and great success in work to all participants.

In their turn, the participants wished the Head of the State strong health, longevity, unexhausted power and energy and success in all noble beginnings congratulating the President on the celebration.

Integrated programmes aimed at efficient use of colossal natural reserves, implementation of huge economic potential of the state, spiritual and cultural prosperity of the nation are implemented under the leadership of the President in Turkmenistan. This is visually indicated by numerus social, cultural, production, transport and communication facilities, which have been put into operation in the capital and regions this year.

It includes Turkmenbashy International Seaport, carbamide plant in Garabogaz, petrochemical facility for production of polypropylene and polyethylene in Kiyanly, sanatorium and aqua park with entertainment centre in Avaza national tourist zone, Turkmenabat International Airport, combined power station in Mary, glass production facility Türkmenaýnaönümleri in Ahal Velayat, Serhetabat – Turgundy railroad as well as schools, medical facilities, comfortable residential buildings.

Construction of new phase of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, power and fibre optic lines on the same route, which according to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov would serve to economic growth of the countries and wealth of the nations in the region, are among the projects that have been launched this year.

Potential of agrarian sphere is steadily growing. New livestock and poultry complexes, hothouse farms have been opened under implementation of the State import substitutive and export increment programmes. Due to important decisions taken at the first session of the People’s Council, actual impulse has been given to the reforms in agriculture, which would bring national agricultural complex to new levels.

Foundations of new modern villages have been laid in Ak Bugday, Gyoktepe and Kaahka etraps of Ahal Velayat according to the National Programme of improvement of social and living conditions of rural population until 2020.

In general, all of these makes conditions for dynamic economic growth of Turkmenistan in 2019, which is indicated by the forecasts of the world financial structures including International Monetary Fund.

Foreign course based on the principles of positive neutrality, peace, goodwill and beneficial cooperation pursued by the Head of the State brings actual results. Constructive initiatives of Turkmen leader aimed at the development of balanced solution of current issues and problems of time, intensification of fruitful partnership in regional and global scale, which were made at the United Nations General Assembly and other important forums, have received wide recognition and support of the world community.

Mass cycling ride and International rally Amul – Hazar 2018, which were organized on occasion of the World Bicycle Day instituted by the UN by proposal of Turkmenistan, the World Weightlifting Championship are among remarkable events of 2018. These sport events have improved the world image of our country and gave new impulse to physical training and sport movement.

Bright New Year performance with the participation of the art masters has been expanded in Mizan centre during the event. New song “Arzuw”, which lyrics has been written by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and music by his grandson Kerimguly Berdimuhamedov, raised special enthusiasm of the participants. Distinguished by modern style and arrangement, the song was performed in Turkmen, English and German. The song penetrated the soul of all audience with its beautiful tunes and heartfelt lyrics, having left enthusiastic impressions indicated by the storm of applauses.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Package of Turkmenistan–Azerbaijan Documents Signed in Ashgabat

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 17:06

The expanded talks were followed by the signing ceremony of bilateral documents. The existing legislative and regulatory framework was reinforced by 21 documents.

In the presence of the heads of state, the following documents were signed:

The Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Long-term Trade and Economic Cooperation;

the Program of Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2019-2021;

the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments;

the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income and Property;

the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Cooperation in the Field of Industry;

the Program of Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Field of Transport for 2019-2022;

the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Establishment of the Turkmenistan–Azerbaijan Joint Commission for Transport, Transit and Logistics;

the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Development of International Maritime Shipping through the Ports of the Two Countries;

the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Visa Facilitation for Actors Conducting International Transportation through the Territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan;

the Program of Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Field of Science, Education, Culture and Art for 2019-2021;

the Agreement between the Turkmenbashi International Seaport and the Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC on Automated Exchange of Information;

the Agreement between the Ministry of Railways of Turkmenistan and the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC on Transport and Transit;

the Agreement between the State Service of Maritime and River Transportation of Turkmenistan and the Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC on Increased Trans-shipment between the Turkmenbashi International Seaport and the Baku International Sea Trade Port;

the Agreement between the Ministry of Motor Transport of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Development of International Road Transport;

the Agreement between the State Service of Maritime and River Transportation of Turkmenistan and the Azerbaijan State Caspian Shipping Closed Joint-Stock Company on Development of Maritime Merchant Shipping;

the Agreement on Cooperation between the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

the Agreement between the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Organizing the Exchange of Preliminary Information on Goods and Means of Transport Crossing Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan;

the Memorandum of Understanding between the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan and the National Confederation of the Entrepreneurs (Employers’) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

the Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the ADA University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

the Memorandum of Understanding between the International University of Humanities and Development and the ADA University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Ilham Aliyev signed the Joint Statement to the public applause.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

President of Turkmenistan highly evaluates the outcomes of the Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan top-level talks

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 17:02

Upon completion of the ceremony of signing the bilateral documents, Presidents of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan held a press conference.

Commenting on the outcomes of the top-level talks, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the constructiveness of the talks that focused on the aspects of the bilateral relations, their status and prospects as well as the regional and global agenda. 
It was noted that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan demonstrate the identity or similarity of the positions on the important international aspects, first of all, with regards to the maintenance of stability and security in the region and the world as well. The head of Turkmenistan thanked Azerbaijan for the support of all the initiatives put forward by our country. In turn, Turkmenistan regularly supports fraternal Azerbaijan.

The President of Turkmenistan noted that the exchange of views on the cooperation on the Caspian Sea that unites the two countries took place during the talks. As is known, the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea has been adopted recently. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that standing for that the Caspian Sea always be the sea of peace and good neighbourliness we would continue pursuing this policy.

A wide range of issues of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani partnership in the trade and economic sphere, including in the context of such promising areas as agriculture, construction, industry, new technologies, transport were considered during the talks.

Among the main areas of cooperation, the Turkmen leader specified the energy sector. There are wide opportunities for the consolidation of the efforts to export energy sources to the regional and international markets. The work of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan significantly contributes to ensure the further productive cooperation.

The head of state noted that the common historical and cultural roots of the peoples of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan served as a key factor for the development of the cultural and humanitarian cooperation. At the present, the good traditions, being passed on to the future generations and contributing to their education in the spirit of patriotism and national values, find their continuation.

In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, the talks touched upon the theme of applied arts, traditional for our peoples – carpet weaving. Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have always been famous for their carpets. The leaders of the two states underlined the importance of organizing carpet expositions in both countries, and considered the opportunity an International Conference.

Thus, a wide range of issues were considered and a solid package of documents was signed. In this regard, addressing the representatives of the media, the President of Turkmenistan focused on two aspects, the first of which is transport. The parties expressed their intention to develop the transit corridors and the corresponding logistics system. It was also agreed that a special commission of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan will be responsible for the above-mentioned issues.

In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan noted that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan had many significant examples of partnership, including the signed Agreement on the creation of a transit transport corridor between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey with access to the European direction that connects Central Asia with Europe along the East-West line. As for the partnership with specialized international structures, there are good opportunities for cooperation, in particular, through TRACECA, IRU among others.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that an international conference would be held on November 28. “Today, we have discussed that we could provide the member countries with certain preferences, for example, preferential tariffs, etc. Now, the most important thing is to develop the proper logistics”.

The President of Turkmenistan also focused on the Programme on Trade and Economic Cooperation for 2019-2021 that was signed on the outcomes of the top-level talks. The programme will also contribute to the further diversification of the product range. At present, according to statistics, the turnover rate increases every passing year, and as compared to the same period of 2017, it increased by about 17 percent. Speaking about this, the head of Turkmenistan underlined the important role of the work of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the top-level talks between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan were held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, demonstrating the mutual commitment of the parties to the further mutually beneficial cooperation.

Taking this opportunity, the President of Turkmenistan thanked President Ilham Aliyev for his personal contribution to strengthening of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani friendship, and addressed the best wishes to the distinguished guest and the entire fraternal people of Azerbaijan.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan – Azerbaijan: Eurasian scales of cooperation

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:57

High-level talks between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev who arrived to the country on official visit was held in Turkmen capital.

In the morning, the motorcade of the Head of Azerbaijan escorted by motorcyclists proceeded to the Independence Square where official greeting ceremony of high-rank guest took place.

The President of Azerbaijan was warmly and cordially welcomed by the President of Turkmenistan. Having shaken hands, the leaders of two countries went to special podium.

The commander of the Guard of Honour company made official report. National anthems of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan were played. The leaders of two countries walked along the line of the Guard of Honour. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov introduced the members of official delegation of Turkmenistan to his colleagues. High-rank guest also met the heads of diplomatic corps accredited in our country. in his turn, President Ilham Aliyev introduced the members of representative delegation of Azerbaijan to the Head of Turkmenistan.

In the end of the ceremony, the soldiers of the Guard of Honour ceremonially marched across the Independence Square.

Thereafter, the motorcade of the heads of the states proceeded to Oguzkhan President Palace Complex escorted by the horsemen.

After traditional photographing ceremony on the background of the State flags of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, bilateral high-level talks were held in one-on-one and format.

Cordially greeting high-rank guest, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the gratitude to the colleague from Azerbaijan for the attention to the development of interstate relations, which are based on primordial traditions of friendship, historical and cultural commonality that unites two neighbouring nations.

Turkmen leader noted that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan also cooperate successfully in international arena demonstrating similarity of positions in topical issues of regional and global agenda. The Head of the State expressed the confidence that while based on solid foundation and having considerable potential, Turkmen – Azeri cooperation would be continued to be developed for common sake including in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals announced by the United Nations.

Having expressed the gratitude to Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the invitation to pay official visit to Ashgabat and cordial welcome, President Ilham Aliyev noted that bilateral partnership has wide opportunities, which implementation meets the interests of fraternal nations that historically related by goodwill and affinity.

Azerbaijan is sincerely excited with the achievements of friendly Turkmenistan. High-rank guest said, having highlighted that his visit aims at further improvement of fruitful interstate cooperation in all directions. Having noted constructive character of Turkmen – Azeri dialog, the Head of Azerbaijan has also expressed the confidence that cooperation between our countries would be continued both in bilateral formats and under competent international organizations.

During the talks, which were held in friendly and trustful atmosphere, the Heads of two states discussed wide spectrum of subjects of Turkmen – Azeri relations, which have entered qualitatively new level gaining the character of strategic partnership. Having focused on key directions of cooperation built on the principles of equal rights, mutual benefit and long-term perspective, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Ilham Aliyev noted that efficient implementation of multidimensional potential of cooperation meets the purposes of common prosperity.

The sides have also exchanged the views on topical objectives of regional and international agenda that present mutual interest.

Thereafter, the talks were continued in extended format with the participation of official delegations of two countries.

Having again welcomed President Ilham Aliyev and all members of Azerbaijan delegation in Ashgabat, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the gratitude to his colleague for accepted invitation to pay official visit to Turkmenistan. The Head of the State highlighted that our country pays great attention to this visit considering it as logical continuation of the collaboration in strengthening of bilateral relations of goodwill, respect, expansion and diversification of trade and economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation, improvement of the partnership in the world arena.

Regarding interstate political dialog, it is distinguished by the similarity and proximity of the approaches to key subjects of global agenda especially to the provision of stability and security in the region and in the world. We are thankful to Azerbaijan for permanent support of international initiatives of neutral Turkmenistan, the Head of the State highlighted, having noted that both countries traditionally support each other in the world arena actively cooperating under competent international organizations including the UN and the OSCE. Our countries also intend to continue the partnership in counteraction against such challenges and threat of the present day as terrorism, illegal drug trafficking and transboundary crime.

Having mentioned the cooperation in Caspian Sea, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the importance of the Convention on Legal Status of Caspian Sea, which was recently adopted by the coastal states. It also opens great opportunities for the expansion of Turkmen – Azeri cooperation, further consolidation of the efforts for improvement of the status of Caspian Sea as the sea of peace, friendship and goodwill.

Turning to the subjects of bilateral trade and economic relations, Turkmen leader noted actual role of Joint Intergovernmental Commission in their development and expansion of the variety of goods, having spoken for the activation of its activity as well as stated with delight steadfast dynamics of trade turnover between the countries, which is indicated by the outcomes of 9 months of the year exceeding similar results of the last year.

Positive tendency of cooperation is observed in different spheres including in agriculture, construction and industrial sector. Turkmenistan is also interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the sphere of advanced technologies, which is topical in the context of global processes in transition to digital economy.

Transport sphere with wide perspectives for consolidation of the efforts in creation and development of transit, transport and logistic infrastructure is strategic direction of Turkmen – Azeri partnership. Speaking of this, the Head of the State has brought the Agreement on Afghanistan – Turkmenistan – Azerbaijan – Georgia – Turkey (Lazuli Route) transport corridor with the entry to Europe as an example. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has also noted established fruitful contacts with profile international structures as the TRACECA, International Road Transport Union (IRU) and other.

In this sphere, both Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have modern including port infrastructure, which implies the perspectives for establishment of efficient cooperation in automobile ferry and railway ferry communication and formation of ramified logistic network.

Strong reserve potential for bilateral cooperation is available in energy sector and we stand for the integration in these subjects including on regional level, the President of Turkmenistan noted. Good opportunities are opened in this sphere for the formation of multi optional system of energy carriers’ export and joint entry of international markets.

Humanitarian sphere is an integral and important part of interstate dialog, which is caused by the communality of historical and spiritual roots and cultural traditions uniting our nations, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted. At the modern stage, we pay great attention to further development of cooperation in education and science as well as to strengthening of the contacts in tourism and sports, all of these meet the priorities of fraternal Turkmen – Azeri relations and would serve for the sake of the future generations.

The Head of the State said that as is known, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan pay great attention to the protection and development of national carpet making art. In this aspect, the proposals on organization of the carpet exhibition as well as topical International conference seem to be appropriate.

Returning to the subject of economic partnership, the Head of the State noted that there are good prepositions for the intensification of business relations between private structures of both countries, particularly in small and medium business. One of the documents, which is planned to be signed, is to support this subject, the Head of Turkmenistan said, having expressed the gratitude to Azerbaijan side for active approach to cooperation.

Therefore, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, our countries demonstrate invariable commitment to fruitful constructive partnership, which from the beginning has a spirit of goodwill, mutual respect and trust.

Having expressed the confidence that the visit of Azerbaijan leader would give new strong impulse to bilateral cooperation in all subjects of the agenda of the talks, the Head of Turkmenistan addressed the wishes of health and success in the government activity to high-rank guest and all the best to fraternal people of Azerbaijan.

The floor was given to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Having expressed the gratitude to Turkmen leader again for the hospitality, the Head of neighbouring state noted that he is glad to visit friendly Turkmenistan again. High-rank guest said that he had an opportunity to see the achievements of our country, which indicate its confident steadfast development.

Having congratulated President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and fraternal Turkmen people on impressive success on the way of creativity, President Ilham Aliyev highlighted that Azerbaijan also pays great importance to current visit. Having noted that big package of documents is planned to be signed by the outcomes of current negotiations, high-rank guest expressed the confidence that these documents would be implemented on time by thus supporting the establishment of the best conditions for cooperation.

Azerbaijan pays great attention to the relations with Turkmenistan, which foundation is based on common history, spiritual and cultural roots and proximity of neighbouring nations. Increasing the potential of interstate partnership, our country also actively cooperate supporting each other in international structures, which in its turn supports the consolidation of regional security and stability. Today, these subjects acquire special appropriateness. Therefore, it is very important that today, Azerbaijan and Turkmensitan demonstrate high level of stable development, which indicates the right direction of chosen course, President Ilham Aliyev noted.

The cooperation between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan has wide spectrum of directions and many important subjects of bilateral partnership, which discussion would be continued with the participation of the delegations, have been reviewed during one-on-one meeting, high-rank guest said. The main vectors and priorities of future cooperation have been outlined, the leader of Azerbaijan continued, having noted the presence of opportunities for further growth of the trade turnover, increment of export of Turkmen goods to Azerbaijan and vice versa.

In this context, President Ilham Aliyev spoke for support of the proposal of Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on activation of work of Intergovernmental Commission for steadfast implementation of achieved agreements.

Returning to the subject of the document prepared to be signed and defining the vectors of development of bilateral cooperation, the Head of neighbouring state noted the necessity to develop the action plan for their implementation. Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have significant natural reserves including hydrocarbons. Therefore, energy sector is important direction of the partnership between our countries. Azerbaijan provides transit capabilities for Turkmen energy resources.

Having outlined transport sphere as one of the main directions of Turkmen – Azeri cooperation, high-rank guest mentioned that the delegation of his country includes the heads of all transport structures of Azerbaijan, which already actively work with Turkmen colleagues.

Summing up what was said, the Leader of Azerbaijan highlighted that priority subjects of bilateral and multilateral including regional cooperation have been discussed during current meeting. There are favourable perspectives for efficient consolidation of efforts, which meet common interests.

Having expressed total satisfaction with the talks, President Ilham Aliyev expressed the confidence that in general, the outcomes of current visit would serve to better rapprochement of two countries and nations. Having again expressed the gratitude for warm welcome, the Head of Azerbaijan wished strong health and further success in large-scale activity to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and peace and prosperity to fraternal people of Turkmenistan.

Signing ceremony of bilateral documents has taken place upon the completion of extended talks.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and ilham Aliyev have signed Joint Declaration under the applauses of the participants.

After the ceremony, the Head of two countries made statement to the representatives of mass media.

The President of Turkmenistan gave official lunch in honour of high-rank guest where the Heads of two States exchanged the speeches.

After official reception, having completed the programme of official visit to our country, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev proceeded to International Airport of the capital and left Ashgabat.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

The delegation of Turkmenistan has arrived to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 18:10

On November 21, 2018, in accordance with the Presidential Resolution, Turkmen delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan has arrived on a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the aim to attend the event related to starting the construction of the mosque for 500 persons in Akina township, Andhoy region, Faryab province of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  

At the same time, on the day of the beginning of the construction of the Akina mosque, a ceremony was held to start the construction of an additional railway line with the length of 10 km in order to develop the Akina railway station sector. The heads of railways agencies of the two countries have attended this event.   As is known, in November 2016, with the participation of the Presidents of both states, the first line of the Kerki – Ymamnazar – Akina railroad was commissioned.

Turkmenistan permanently provides humanitarian assistance to neighboring Afghan state. The construction of the mosque will be carried out on the basis of the corresponding Program of the cultural and humanitarian direction for 2018-2020 between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The construction of the mosque will be carried out at the expense of the Turkmen side and will be another evidence of friendly relations.

The ceremony of laying foundation of the mosque has been attended by Mr. Nakibullah Gayik – the governor of Faryab province, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Turkmen and Afghan representatives of religious affairs, elders and other government officials. 

The construction works will start in November, 2018 and the mosque will be ready by December, 2020.  

The representatives of diplomatic missions in Turkmenistan visited penitentiary in Akhal region

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 10:57

On November 6, 2018, the heads of diplomatic missions of Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, Romania, United States of America, OSCE Center, UNDP, UNICEF and the representatives of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy visited penitentiary in Akhal region.  

The Esteemed President of Turkmenistan has stated in his speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly that necessary measures to ensure peace and prosperity for all citizens are implemented. It was also noted that Turkmenistan actively cooperates and takes all measures to cope with threats such as terrorism at the international level.  

As is known, one of the important directions of the state policy pursued by the President of Turkmenistan is further strengthening the legislative foundations of the state, the development of enforcement practices. In this context, the Government of Turkmenistan closely cooperates for several years with international organizations involved in  humanitarian field and takes measures aimed at strengthening country's legal capacity, as well as implements measures direсted towards improving penitentiary system.

The aim of this visit of the representatives of the diplomatic corps is to see material-technical base, conditions provided for inmates of the penitentiary and its work. 

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov takes part in the opening ceremony of new polymeric plant

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Friday, 19 October 2018 16:01

In the morning, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the opening ceremony of polymeric plant in Kyanly settlement, which would be the largest petrochemical facility in the region for polyethylene and polypropylene production.

Vehicle of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrives in the facility. The Head of the State is greeted by the Speaker of the Mejlis, members of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies and Hyakim of Balkan Velayat.

The President of Turkmenistan goes to the place of the event. Exhibition demonstrating rich history and culture of Turkmen nation is opened in front of petrochemical complex. Music and dance composition with the participation of art collectives of Balkan Velayat added bright colours to the palette of event.

At the main entrance to the territory of new facility, the Head of the State cut symbolical ribbon under the applauses of the participants opening polymeric plant. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov goes to the building where the event is to take place. The Head of the State is accompanied by foreign businessmen – the managers of Korean LG International Corporation and Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd. And Turkish Çalik Holding, which are old partners of our country in realization of big infrastructural projects as well as Japanese TOYO Engineering Corporation, for which polymeric plant in Kiyanly became the first big project in Turkmenistan.

It was mentioned during the conversation that realization of this large-scale projects would be new important step in expansion of production capacity of national oil and gas industry, which development is treated with great importance. Intensification of gas processing segment is very current due to leading position of Turkmenistan in the world by gas reserves.

Turkmenistan pays great attention to the cooperation with Japan and the Republic of Korea including in the context of development of constructive dialog with the countries of Asian Pacific Region as one of strategic directions of its foreign policy and economic activity. Every year, this partnership, which is built of long-term basis under existing intergovernmental agreements and contract, gains new stimulus and specific content.

The Head of the State came up to the building where participants and guests of current event including the members of the Government, the Mejlis deputies, leaders of ministries and departments, public organizations, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, representatives of national and foreign mass media have gathered. All of them greeted National leader with loud applauses.

Addressing the participants, Turkmen leader congratulated all on this remarkable event – opening of new petrochemical complex for production of polyethylene and polypropylene in Kianly Settlement, Balkan Velayat.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that recently, the 27th anniversary of independence of our country was widely celebrated. Before the Independence Day, the first session of the People’s Council has been conducted on high organizational level. During the session, important objectives for provision of further comprehensive and dynamic development of the country have been outlined.

For example, the volume of the main investments to the economy has grown by more than 50 times for the years of Independence. 68 percent of the investments, which make 124 billion UD dollars, were sent to production sphere, which allowed building more than 200 big facilities.

As is known, our state has huge hydrocarbon reserves and takes leading positions in the world by number of deposits, the Head of the State continued. Recently, big work is carried out for production and processing of this valuable material and its stable and reliable supply to consumers. Such large facility as Garabogazkarbamid plant, which was also put into operation recently, can be brought as example.

This year, the construction of Afghan part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline has been launched. The opening of new transnational gas line will give the opportunity to supply the above-mentioned countries with 33 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas per year.

It is very important for provision of prosperous life of Turkmen people, achievement of peace and sustainable development on the region and on the planet, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

At the same time, our country not just export of mineral resources including natural gas to foreign markets but also pays great attention to the processing of raw materials. Efficient work aimed at production of necessary high quality and competitive goods from own resources is carried out.

This is visually indicated by the opening of new petrochemical complex for production of polyethylene and polypropylene in Kiyanly, which construction started on April 22, 2014. This big investment project to the amount of more than 3 billion 400 million US dollars was completed by the State Concern Turkmengaz together with Korean and Japanese companies. Production capacities of new complex were designed for processing of five billion cubic meters of gas per year.

High technology equipment of the facility allows producing 386 thousand tons of polyethylene and 81 thousand tons of polypropylene per year. After extraction of ethane and butane, which are used for production of the polymers, the remaining 4.5 billion cubic meters of pure gas would be delivered to gas pipeline system.

Qualified personnel has been trained for work at this high technology facility. More than 1,000 people had a training in training centres of the country and abroad. The plant has all conditions for productive work and comfort rest. The complex has canteen, hall and sport ground.

In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed the gratitude to all specialists and construction personnel who participated in creation of this powerful modern facility as well as to the representatives of Japanese and Korean companies.

The facility, which construction was planned under the Programme of development of oil and gas industry of the country until 2030, became visual evidence of turning of independent neutral Turkmenistan into industrially developed state and the country producing ready-made commodities as well as the evidence of great-scale work that is done in the sphere of using natural resources for the interests of the nation, the President highlighted.

The Head of the State noted that strict attention is paid to the requirements of ecological safety during construction of various facilities in Turkmenistan. Great attention is also paid to the introduction of innovations and modern technologies. All these aspects were considered during construction of new facility.

Opening of new powerful complex would support the improvement of positions of our country not only at the world market of oil and gas resources but polymeric products as well, the President of Turkmenistan said, having expressed the confidence that this facility would make significant input to the current achievements of the country and would serve for many years to future generations.

Having congratulated the participants again on the opening of new big petrochemical complex for production of polyethylene and polypropylene, the Head of the State wished strong health, happy and prosperous life to all and great success in work to the personnel of the plant. The speech of the Head of Turkmenistan was welcomed by load applauses.

The ceremony was continued by foreign guests. First, the floor was given to representative of Julius Kun Institute (Germany), Doctor of Agronomy and Gardening Margit Olle. Having noted that petrochemical complex in Kiyanly has been recognized as high technology innovative facility by Julius Kun Institute, Mrs Olle presented the relative Certificate and badge to the director of the plant.

Senior Advisor of the Environmental Health Trust (USA) Robert Dubua Morris noted that activity of his organization is aimed at the environmental protection and protection of public from potential ecological threats. It can be achieved by wise planning of economic activity, wide implementation of clean, environmentally friendly innovative technologies during realization of big industrial projects.

Construction of petrochemical complex in Kiyanly, which can be easily called as an exemplary from protection of Caspian Sea environment and provision of favourable ecological situation for the residents of the region point of view, is exactly this project, the guest noted and awarded the Certificate and relevant sign to the director of the plant.

After, the floor was given to Energy Department Head of Paul Sherrer Scientific and Research Institute (Switzerland), Professor, Doctor Urs Veidmann. Having warmly congratulated the Head of Turkmenistan on successful completion of construction of innovative energy complex, the representative of the largest scientific centre of Switzerland awarded the Certificate of Stability and Efficiency and relative sign to the director of polymeric plant.

Having thanked the guests for awards and certificates, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that he accepts it as the sign of high international rating of Turkmenistan, recognition of its success in use of innovative technologies during the construction of various facilities.

The President highlighted that large-scale industrial programme in the country is closely connected with environmental protection issues. Supporting the efforts of the world community for reduction of green gases emission, Turkmenistan pays great attention to wide implementation of modern environmentally safe and resource saving technologies in industry including in oil and gas, power energy and chemical spheres.

Having said that innovations and the best world practice would be introduced to all these spheres of the economy, the Head of the State expressed the gratitude for the recognition and support of the work carried out by Turkmenistan in this direction.

After, short video presentation about huge potential, success and achievements of national oil and gas complex was demonstrated to the participants on panoramic display in 360 degrees format with use of special effects and laser technology.

The culmination comes and under the applauses of the participants President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov starts the operation of polymeric plant pushing the button.

The monitors demonstrate the video, which was also made by special video equipment, about new facility and process of production of polyethylene and polypropylene. 
The State Concern Turkmengaz completed 3 billion 400 million US dollars project together with foreign partners – LG International and Hyundai Engineering (the Republic of Korea) as well as TOYO Engineering Corporation (Japan). Three side contract was signed during official visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Japan in 2013.

The facility has modern equipment from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and other European countries. It has four main technological installations – gas separation, ethane processing, polypropylene and polyethylene production units. All processes are automated and control form the central post.

Advanced engineering solutions were implemented during installation of auxiliary systems of sea water intake and desalination, utilization, treatment and recycled use of process water, steam, air and nitrogen production, fire system, etc. The complex is with power from gas turbine generator. It has warehouses for chemical agents and ready-made polymeric products.

Production of polymers at Liyanly petrochemical complex is based on modern technologies, which distinguishing feature is a deep extraction of all additional components from raw material by unique schemes. In particular, COREFLUX™ technology is used at gas separation unit, which provides efficient extraction of methane and ethane from natural gas as well as widely used technology for extraction of so called ‘sour gases’ and mercury mixtures.

The ethane unit is designed for processing of 685,000 tons of hydrocarbon materials per year.

It is worth mentioning that the facility has developed the production of high-density polyethylene from the polymerization reaction of ethylene under law pressure. Innovene™S technology, which is among the three of the most utilized technologies in the world petrochemical industry, is used in this case. The licence was issued by INEOS Technologies (UK), which is one of the biggest international corporations that has chemical facilities bought from such giant of the industry as BP, ICI and BASF. By the way, this is the first licence of Innovene™S from INEOS Technologies in Central Asia.

Open door and beneficial interstate cooperation policy of the President of Turkmenistan, high growth rates of national economy, large-scale programmes of development of industrial sector, favourable investment climate make good prepositions for activation of the partnership with foreign business circles and wide implementation of the world practice in many spheres, first in scientifically based and high technology branches.

This is visually indicated by the fact that project of construction of Kiyanly petrochemical complex received special award of TFX (UK) as one of the ten best projects of Europe and Asia, which is financed by export credit agencies.

Total amount of credit agreements signed by the State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan with Japanese International Cooperation Bank, Export and Import Bank of Korea and the Syndicate of financial institutions of Japan, Germany, France, Korea, China, Italy, Austria and Switzerland participating in the project us more than 2.5 billion US dollars.

All of these visually illustrate the interest and willingness to investment and technological cooperation with Turkmenistan from big world business, which indicate the trust to our country as to reliable, stable and responsible partners with good reputation, high international authority and big perspectives of growth.

After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the section of ready-made production, which includes seven types of polyethylene and five types of polypropylene received in the process of adding of various components to polymeric material. This process, which is called compounding, gives the opportunity to modify the spectrum of the main features of polymeric item. Special equipment including the extruder is used for this important operation.

The granules of ready-made product go the warehouse where it is packed in bags of various weight.

Being very solid, durable and resistant to acids, bases, greases and oils as well as having excellent di electrical features, the polyethylene is used as a material for production of industrial and household products like films, plastic bags, pipes, cable insulation. Chemical containers, barrels, toys, dishware, kitchen and bathroom ware, sewing and furniture accessories, spares for vehicles and household equipment as well as big construction as playgrounds, wells, flyovers, etc. are made of the polyethylene.

Granulated polypropylene is highly requested at the world markets. The demand for this product is constantly growing in the last decade, which is related to several factors. This polymer is easy to process and has unique features like light weight, durability, resistance to high temperatures. Due to innovative technologies, there are more and more fields for its application. Wide variety of goods starting from packing film and plastic dishware to high technology details for cars and household electronics is made of polypropylene these days.

It is worth to mention that this summer, biaxial oriented polypropylene film facility with annual output of 21,000 tons has been put into operation at Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex.

As is known, the Garabogazkarbamid plant was opened one month ago in Caspian region with the participation of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and today, the monitors installed at Kiyanly petrochemical complex demonstrated the footages of the shipment of the first batch of production exported from the Garabogazkarbamid plant.

After familiarization with this production section, the President of Turkmenistan left the entry in the Book of Honoured Guests.

Specialists of the complex expressed the gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for construction of modern production facility of petrochemical industry with comfort conditions for work of personnel and assured that they would work hard.

On behalf of the personnel of oil and gas industry, the Head of the State receive commemorative gift.

Having wished success in work to the personnel of the plant, the Head of the State presented them with the keys for new vehicles.

After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to the place of tree planting event, having looked around the production facilities of new industrial giant on his way.

As per tradition, the Head of the state opened autumn green campaign, having planted the first tree. The participants of the event have joined the initiative of the President. Representative of all branches of national economy as well as diplomatic corps accredited in Turkmenistan and foreign guest took part in the event.

Mass tree planting event was carried out this day all around the country.

After all events, the President of Turkmenistan went to Turkmenbashy International Airport and flew to the capital.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

People’s Council of Turkmenistan was held

Published in World
Saturday, 29 September 2018 11:36

On September 25, 2018, the first session of the People’s Council chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was held.The initiative of the President of Turkmenistan to organize the highest representative authority- thePeople’s Council was supported and adopted in October last year at the meeting of the Elders Councilwhich was held in Ahal velayat.

 Elected members of the People’s Council, heads of the government authorities, political parties and public organizations, deputies of the Mejlis, hyakims of the velayats, etraps and cities, ambassadors of our country to foreign states, honored elders, representatives of all layers of the population as well as invited guests took part in the first session.

The agenda of the national forum, which became a landmark event in the life of the country, discussed the priorities for the further comprehensive development of the Turkmen state and society, the steady implementation of progressive reforms, the key goal of which is to ensure the prosperous life of the people, to lay a solid and long term foundation for the prosperity of the Turkmenistan.

The President of Turkmenistan, in his speech, noted with satisfaction the great importance of creating an independent state in the history of the Turkmen people and supporting its permanent neutral status throughout the world. In particular, over the years of independence, Turkmenistan has become a reliable partner, has become a coordinating center, which is the guarantor of openness and security in Central Asia, the leader of the nation said.

Within short period of time Turkmen nation could demonstrate itself to the whole world as peace-loving, friendly and creative nation. Therefore, our country is proud of achievements made during independence years and historical successes, the head of State stated.

National Leader expressed his sincere gratitude to the whole nation, especially esteemed elders for supporting domestic and foreign policies, active involvement to develop our country and underlined that new pages are created in the history of our nation where ancient trade caravans passed across our territory. 

Huge investments, including foreign ones, were attracted to diversify the economy and improve the entire infrastructure.    

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov drew attention to the formation of a deep base of powerful economic development. Over 27 years of independence, the volume of major investments in the country's economy has grown more than 350 times and reached about 500 billion manat, or 185 billion US dollars. Of these, 68 percent, which is about 335 billion manat, or 124 billion US dollars, is directed to the production sphere, which made it possible to build over 2,600 facilities for industrial, technical and socio-cultural purposes.

The result was a formed diversified economy, which incorporated such areas as the electric power industry, the oil and gas industry, engineering, metallurgy, the chemical industry, construction, electronic, light and food industries and other spheres.

Focusing on long-term plans, the head of Turkmenistan noted that, despite the continuing negative circumstances in the world and the difficult financial and economic conditions, this year and next year will see a growth in gross domestic product of 6.2 percent.

The development of mutually beneficial foreign economic relations is facilitated by the intensification of bilateral government commissions, the holding of trade forums and exhibitions, and the opening of Trading Houses in dozens of states.

In Turkmenistan, the development of medium and small businesses is ongoing. Excluding the fuel and energy complex, the share of the non-state sector in the country's GDP reached 68 percent, the head of state said. The members of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs make a worthy contribution to ensuring the commodity abundance of the domestic market, diversifying the economy, strengthening the export potential of the state.

In his speech, the Turkmen Leader, noting the important tasks of the state strategy, highlighted the need to improve the fuel and energy sector, in particular the oil and gas and petrochemical industries. From this point of view, investment projects carried out in recent years, in particular, the construction of new gas pipelines to China and Iran, as well as the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, which are viewed as the contribution of our state to the development of international energy partnership. This, in turn, has a positive impact on the overall situation and progress in the Central Asian region, turning it into one of the energy centers of world importance, the President of Turkmenistan said in his speech.

For the raise of the material and technical base of the transport industry to the modern level, the expansion of existing and the creation of new directions of the transport and communication network, national programs have been developed and are being successfully implemented. The favorable geographical location of our country creates opportunities for the formation of large logistics centers for combined multimodal transport. In this context, the importance of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway was noted, as well as the establishment of combined road, rail and sea links between the CIS and Central Asia, opening up wide opportunities for both our state and neighboring countries. The commissioning of a diversified modern port in the city of Turkmenbashi allowed to increase several times the number of transit traffic through our country and increase the export potential, the leader of the nation said.

As the leader of the nation noted, it would be expedient to transfer agricultural land of unprofitable daihan associations, which have extremely low production indicators, to transfer to agricultural producers who are able to work best on the land. To this end, it was proposed, in accordance with the law, to create a special land fund, and on the basis of the decision of the working committee, to allocate land to those who wish for a period of 99 years.

Speaking about improving the agro-industrial complex under the leadership of the national leader, the forum participants noted the ongoing work to further reform the agriculture, scientifically based regulation of crops, in the current period of transition to a market economy, the introduction of new technologies is important.

In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that the implementation of the relevant document adopted in this direction will produce good results. Noting its great importance, the President of Turkmenistan, the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty, signed the Resolution “On the Further Improvement of Reforms in the Agricultural Sector”.

Turkmenistan today at the UN level has been recognized by the state with developed economy. The consistent increase in the size of wages and profits in the years of independence is a good example of ensuring social security and protection from the state, and raising the standard of living of the people. This, in turn, is a vivid example of the consolidation of the rights and responsibilities of residents, the result of the implementation of the “State for Man!” policy in reality. In this regard, the leader of Turkmenistan, taking into account the approval at the national forum, signed the Resolution “On streamlining the provision of Turkmenistan’s population with electricity, gas, drinking water and table salt”, and also on streamlining payment of housing and communal services. Also in his speech, the President of Turkmenistan noted that the most important task is to ensure social protection of the population by increasing wages, pensions and scholarships (at the level of at least 10 percent), indicating that the amount of social financing should be at least 75-80 percent of the total the volume of state budget expenditures. The emphasis was also placed on the importance of adopting measures to protect mothers and children.

In the speech of the President of Turkmenistan, special attention was paid to the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, the development of health care, and the improvement of education and science. In all regions of the country and in the capital, modern clinics and research and clinical centers have been built. The reconstruction of health and medical institutions has been carried out. In recent years, the Cardiological Center, the Scientific Clinical Center for Mother and Child, the Centers for Neurology, Morphology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Nutrition, the International Educational and Scientific Center, the International Center for Surgery and Endocrinology have been built. A children's hospital in the city of Mary, a multi-disciplinary hospital in the city of Turkmenabat, a sanatorium “Avaza” in the city of Turkmenbashi, and ambulance centers in the provinces were commissioned.

Currently, Turkmenistan clearly shows an example of sports cooperation. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed his firm conviction that, having a strong sports base and support from the people, representatives of the national team in the future will successfully perform at the Asian and also the Summer Olympic Games.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed to convene a regular meeting of the Halk Maslakhaty on September 25, 2019 in Ashgabat and signed the relevant Resolution.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulates the compatriots on Independence Day

Published in World
Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:08

I would like to congratulate you on Turkmenistan Independence Day, which is first time observed on September 27! Independence is a solid foundation of the state sovereignty, unity and solidarity of the nation, - the message of the Head of the State to the nation says.

New history of the Motherland, all our success and achievements have begun from the independence. That is why we are proud to celebration this day as national holiday reflecting creative spirit of the epoch and inspiring for achievement of high target.

The way we chose is a way of creation, which we take our country to high levels. We successfully implement large-scale programmes and social and economic, scientific and educational, social and political reforms aimed at prosperity of the country. industrial facilities, social and cultural objects, modern living, settlements and villages are built in all regions of the country under the Programme of the President.

Our integrated reforms consolidate the bases of sovereignty, provide steadfast, multilateral and dynamic development of the economy, support fundamental improvement of social protection of the populations, - the message mentions.

We restore the Great Silk Road in the third millennium laying new motor roads and railway, building seaports and transnational gas lines uniting the nations by the contacts in cultural, scientific, educational and sport spheres. In this context, such big projects as construction of Turkmenbashy International Seaport, Turkmenabat International Airport have been accomplished, the construction of afghan part of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline, Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power and fibre optic line has been launched. We opened Serhetabat – Turgundy railroad. Cycling races, track and field competitions and Amul – Hazar 2018 International Rally have been successfully conducted along the roads of the Great Silk Route.

In addition, we out into operation the first combined cycle power station on the territory of Mary State Power Station, new petrochemical complex in Garabogaz, Ahal Velayat and other big facilities.

Our independent state acts in international relations under legal status of permanent neutrality for 23 years. Turkmenistan makes connection with the states and nations of the world based on the principles of friendship and good neighbourliness, which meet national interests and foreign course of the state. Independent Turkmenistan consolidates the efforts of the countries, international and regional organizations in improvement of peace and harmony of the planet, develops the relations based on mutual understanding and trust.

Such important facts as the selection of our neutral state as the member of the Bureau of the Internal Transport Committee of the United Nations European Economic Commission as well as the member of the Economic and Social Council for 2019 – 2021 have entered the chronicle of 2018. The Resolutions on support of international efforts for stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and on Cooperation between the United Nations Organization and International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea have been adopted by the initiative of Turkmenistan. The World Bicycle Day will be observed annually on June 3 by our initiative as well. All these remarkable events became undisputable evidence of steadfast growth of international authority of neutral Turkmenistan, - the message of the President highlights.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

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