Turkmenistan has started the detailed preparation to the First Caspian Economic Forum to be held on the 12th of August 2019 in the National Tourist Zone “Avaza.” It is favorably symbolical that the date of this first in the history large Caspian forum coincides with the Day of the Caspian Sea.
The implementation of measures on preparation and hosting the First Caspian Economic Forum unfolds in accordance with the Concept of holding the Forum affirmed by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The organizational and analytical work is realized in the Coordination center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan established by the resolution of the Head of State on December 14, 2018 during the Meeting of the state’s government.
The first in the history forum of this type in the framework of the largest region in the world, which the Caspian basin happens to be, was initiated by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during the IV Summit of the Heads of the Caspian states that was held in Astrakhan, the Russian Federation on the 30th September 2014. This initiative is based on the notion that Turkmenistan sees strategical significance of the Caspian Sea in regional and interregional geopolitical and geo-economic processes, including its role as an important transit-transport and logistical tie which promotes the necessity to further unite the efforts on the Caspian states. The development of constructive cooperation with the Caspian region states has been and remains to be the principle position and in this regard is among the priority vectors of foreign policy course of Turkmenistan.
The initiative of the Leader of Turkmenistan has found significantly new content in his address during the V Summit of the Heads of the Caspian states that was held in Aktau city of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the 12th August 2018. Underlining that the five-sided cooperation on the Caspian Sea by large depends on the level of participation of our states in trade, economic and transport processes, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that holding the First Economic Forum in 2019 will serve as a proof of all Caspian states’ readiness to consolidate efforts in this regard.
In this context the support of the thoughts of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on holding the next Summit of the Heads of the Caspian states and the First Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan turned to be the concrete reflection of high trust of the neighboring countries. Simultaneously this decision assigns deep responsibility for coordinated actions in this Eurasian region, the significance of which goes far beyond its geographic borders in accord with conditions turning it to one of the key centers of the geopolitical and geo-economic processes.
The upcoming in the August of the current year the First Caspian Economic Forum serves as one of the preliminary events of strategic appeal in the newest history of Caspian states’ mutual relations, prescribed by the functioning of such significant international legal document, which the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea signed on the 12th of August 2018 happens to be. As is known, this founding international legal document which summarizes the results of long-term negotiation process of littoral Caspian states promises to open wide opportunities for realization of new investment projects in the Caspian region.
According to the conceptual vision of the organizers, the Agenda of the First Caspian Economic Forum will encompass wide range of issues which will further form the base for prospective directions of cooperation of states participants. It is planned that during the exchange of views and constructive negotiations actual subjects concerning the intensification of trade and economic relations including creation of conditions for development and implementation of large projects will be proposed. It is awaited that there will be interesting discussions on the role of economy of the Caspian region in global context, including the increase of growth factors for investment motivation in the spheres of industry, energy, trade, tourism and other sectors of economies of Caspian states posing mutual interest.
The platform of the First Caspian Economic Forum will provide for practical exchange of views on implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Caspian states on trade and economic cooperation and Intergovernmental Agreement between the Caspian states on cooperation in the transport sphere. As is known, these multilateral documents were signed on the 12th of August 2018 as a result of the V Summit of the Heads of the Caspian states.
In the Coordination center on preparation and conducting the First Caspian Economic Forum, along with the main events, programs of the International Conference and Caspian Exhibition of Innovative Technologies are being designed. Alongside, forming of favorable conditions for fruitful meetings and negotiations in the sidelines of the Forum between the government representatives, as well as business circles and companies are projected.
Delegations of the Caspian states, including heads and members of governments, heads of seaside regions and heads of regional executive management agencies, representatives of the banking sector and business circles of the Caspian region as well as stakeholder countries, scientific workers, and company managers realizing activities in the Caspian Sea are invited to participate to the Forum. Delegations of other stakeholder parties, firstly the states in close proximity to the Caspian region as well as representatives of international economic and financial organizations are also invited to the Forum.
The upcoming event is aimed to give strong prudent impulse to the economic, trade and investment cooperation on the Caspian Sea and nearby regions, transforming the Caspian region into one of the largest transport and transit bonds of international scope playing vital role in forming new geo-economic space in Eurasia which is able to meet the modern global tendencies.
Being the initiator and organizer of the First Caspian Economic Forum, Turkmenistan proves in practice its adherence to the policy of wide international cooperation in the Caspian region, turning it to the area of peace, security and stable development.
Regular issues of Foreign Policy and Diplomacy of Turkmenistan magazine is dedicated to the main events of the fourth quarter of 2018Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:01
Regular issues of scientific and practical magazine Foreign Policy and Diplomacy of Turkmenistan published by the Foreign Ministry in Turkmen, Russian and English languages is dedicated to the review of important events of foreign activity of our country in the fourth quarter of the last year.
The magazine is opened by traditional section highlighting the talks held by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with high-rank officials of foreign countries. It includes the information about working visit of Turkmen leader to Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) for participation of the meeting of the Heads of the CIS countries, which has demonstrated the commitment of Turkmen side to traditional fruitful dialog under the Commonwealth, the country of which are united with Turkmenistan by old good and close relations.
Having undertaken the chairing of this structure in 2019, our state would continue to provide comprehensive support to the improvement of cooperation. In this regard, the Concept of chairing of our country and Implementation Plan have bee developed and presented to the CIS Executive Committee.
Official visit of the President of Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan in the last decade of November 2018 wrote new chapter in the history of friendly bilateral relations developing in the spirit of goodwill. The magazine contains detailed information about the outcomes of the talks held between Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Ilham Aliyev.
The events dedicated to International Neutrality Day are among the reviews. For example, the magazine has published the speeches of the participants of International Conference “Importance of the Silk Road: Present and Future Development” organized on the threshold of the holiday by the Government of Turkmenistan in cooperation with the UNESCO - the UN specialized structure for education, science and cultural affairs. The forum has brought together the ministers, high-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries and demonstrated the significance of legendary route for sustainable development and support of intercultural dialog.
The Days of the Sustainable Development Goals held in October to mark 1,000 days since the adoption of 2030 Global Agenda were important event in life of the country. The event was organized by the Foreign Ministry, the UN Permanent Representative Office in Turkmenistan and Methodological Centre of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Trainings, seminars and festivals have been organized under the Days.
The UN Permanent Coordinators Elena Panova informed the readers of the magazine about the outcomes of these events where she expressed the gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Government of Turkmenistan for the support of Global Agenda and commitment to the implementation of the SDGs in our country.
Articles “The Great Silk Road and Practice of International Cooperation of Turkmenistan”, “ “Turkmenistan in the system of international economic relations”, materials dedicated to cooperation of our country with the CIS members and work for improvement of sustainable development and ecological culture present great interest as well.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Turkmenistan Jin Ki-Hun deliberates about the revival of the Silk Road in modern conditions on example of the development of Turkmen – Korean relations.
Another article of the magazine is dedicated to the Silk Road, which is described in details by Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in two-volume book. The article highlights joint work of our country in cooperation with the UNESCO on study and popularization of cultural heritage facilities located along the Silk Road.
Author of article “Youth Affairs – Priority Objective of Foreign Course of Turkmenistan” reviews this subject in the context of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on national level.
Traditional section “Chronicles of Diplomatic Life” is dedicated to conferences, briefings, foreign department political consultations, sessions of inter-governmental commissions, bilateral meetings and talks with foreign delegations as well as to the events held together with foreign embassies accredited in Turkmenistan.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The main New Year Tree of the country was lit up with bright light of colourful garlands on the square in front of Älem Cultural and Entertainment Centre, having announced that New Year 2019 is coming soon.
Organizers of current event have made their best, having transformed Älem Square into fairy take oriental country using the stories from the book of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Silk Road”.
Arch shaped construction decorated with bright lights invites to New Year fairy tale. Numerous LED compositions and figures are projected at the stage with characters of Turkmen national fairy tales in combination with modern and New Year symbols. Piggy, the symbol of 2019, sees off joyful alabay puppy, the symbol of 2018, in the foreground.
Tall ‘yurtas’ with generous gifts and treats shining with filigree gold represent four corners of the Earth. Caravan of camels walking along snow-filled roads is loaded not only with oriental gifts but also with sweets and children toys.
One can meet Ak Pamyk, beautiful girl and her seven brothers, young beauties spending their time playing national musical instruments and characters of modern fairy tales and cartoons.
Fluffy beauty in splendid dress of thousands shining toys crowned with octagon start with figure of 2019 is in the centre of impressive panorama. The height of the tree is 38 meters. Thousands of young Ashgabat citizens and guests of the capital, folk and dance bands, circus and theatre artists in carnival dress, characters of favourite fairy tales have gathered together around the tree in euphoria waiting for celebration performance.
Ayaz Baba and Garpamyk are hurrying to join them for the celebration. Having climbed down for distant Koytendag Mountains, white-beard old man went on journey around the country. Amul Stronghold, which used to be one of the largest cities of ancient Khorasan, was the first destination point in his route across Lebap Velayat. The travellers have also visited modern Turkmenabat, on the central square of which the guests took part in ceremonial meeting at the main New Year Tree of the velayat.
Upon arrival to Murgab Oasis, the travellers have visited the observatory located in the building of Mary Velayat Library. Ayaz Baba and his companions flew y magic carpet ride to Ahal Velayat where the guests have enjoyed the performance of art bands of the region.
Traveller caravan was seen off with good wishes to the northern region of the country. the State Historical and Cultural Reserve Kunyaurgench, which is entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List, is the main sightseeing of Dashoguz Velayat.
Thereafter, magic carpet ride took the travellers to Balkan velayat. White-marble vessel Bagtiyarlyk took them to Turkmenbashy International Seaport, which opening was one of remarkable events of the year. Performance with participation of young singer and dancers has been expanded at the square with New Year Tree in the centre.
With a wave of a magic wand, Ayaz Baba and his companions are taken to Ashgabat. Brightly decorated motorcade of white cabriolets escorted by the caravan of double-deckers with young passengers who came for celebration from different parts of the country, started moving along the main streets of the city.
The procession was greeted by numerous residents of Ashgabat and sign and dance folk groups. Having reached Archabyl Avenue and replaced the cabriolet with snow-white carriage with fast ahalteke horse, Ayza Baba and his companions arrived in the square in front of Älem Cultural and Entertainment Centre.
Finally, long-waited guests proceeded through the arch full of lights followed by joyful songs of the kids and bright carnival filled the square. Enchanting New Year performance with the participation of theatre collectives of the capital, young artists of the Children and Youth Palace and art schools as well as popular singers has expanded around New Year Tree.
Happy laughter, jokes, joyful dances and stage plays with the participation of favourite characters of national Turkmen fairly tales – all this whirlpool of amazing adventures involved not only children but numerous adults as well. Tasty treats and surprises from Ayaz Baba were the best gift for the children.
Beautiful New Year Tree, which was light up with numerous lights by the magic wand of Ayaz Baba was the top event of the celebration. All New Year trees, which were placed on the main squares of the cities and towns of our country, where bright performances have also taken place, put on the lights at this moment. The event was finished with big celebration concert at the main New year Tree of the country.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.