ILO DIRECTOR GENERAL PRESENTED WITH INSTRUMENT OF RATIFICATION BY TURKMENISTAN OF CONVENTION NO. 122 ON EMPLOYMENT POLICYFriday, 16 April 2021 17:30
On April 14, 2021, a ceremony was held in Geneva in video format to present the ILO Director General Guy Ryder of the instrument on the ratification of Convention 122 of the International Labor Organization on Employment Policy, signed by the President of Turkmenistan.
During the ceremony, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan A.Khaljanov noted Turkmenistan's commitment to constructive dialogue with authoritative international organizations, in particular with the International Labor Organization.
As a full member of the ILO since September 1993 and having ratified 10 ILO Conventions, 8 of which are fundamental, Turkmenistan fully supports the main provisions of the Organization and practical approaches to improving the quality of life through the creation of decent work as an important goal at the national level, thereby implementing the universally recognized norms and principles of the provisions of the ILO into national legislation.
Expressing gratitude to the Turkmen side for active cooperation with the International Labor Organization, G. Ryder welcomed the efforts of Turkmenistan for the systematic strengthening and improvement of the national legislative base of Turkmenistan and stressed that Turkmenistan became the 115th country to ratify Convention No. 122.
ONLINE MEETING OF THE DEPUTY MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF “THE VISEGRAD GROUP – CENTRAL ASIA” HAD BEEN HELD
On April 15, 2021, the meeting of the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of “The Visegrad Group – Central Asia” had been held in videoconferencing format. The Turkmen delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hadjiev.
The meeting was also attended by the deputy heads of the external affairs agencies of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
During the meeting the diplomats discussed economic and social consequences of the pandemic COVID-19 for the countries of Central Asia, as well as the implementation of the EC Strategy for Central Asia. The review of promising and mutually acceptable areas of cooperation of the countries of Visegrad Group and Central Asia took place.
In this context, industrial sector, transport, trade and cultural-humanitarian cooperation were mentioned as potentially possible spheres of interaction of the Turkmen side within the framework of the dialogue “Visegrad Group+CA”. It was also specially underlined that creation and opportunities of international transport corridors could become a separate sphere of cooperation between the countries of this format.
In his speech V.Hadjiev noted that Turkmenistan being the responsible member of the world community, from the very beginning of the threat of the spread of COVID-19, has established close working contacts with the UN, its specialized institutions and agencies, primarily with WHO. The country advocated widespread use the mechanisms of science in combating the pandemic and its consequences. In this regard, vaccines against coronavirus infection of Russian and other foreign manufacturers were registered in the country and the process of mass vaccination of the population began.
V.Hadjiev stated that Turkmenistan consider as its priorities the expansion of political-diplomatic interaction, fight against common threats, cooperation in the field of energy, transport, trade and investments, environment and water resources, justice and law supremacy, as well as investments in youth and education.
Ensuring lasting stability and security in Central Asia is highlighted as the key factor and necessity of collective actions of all the states and international organizations for the effective combating the challenges and threats of our time, such as international terrorism, extremism, illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons and funds, as well as the cybercrime. The need to strengthen contacts in the field of information security was emphasized.
THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “GLOBAL COOPERATION OF INDEPENDENT, NEUTRAL TURKMENISTAN FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TRUST” WAS HELD IN ASHGABAT
On April 15, 2021, the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” was held in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat in participationon of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The high-level event took place in the new Conference Centre of Turkmenistan that was officially opened in the same day by the President of Turkmenistan.
The event was attended by the leadership of Parliament (Mejlis), Deputies Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, heads of the ministries and departments of the country, chiefs of the diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Turkmenistan, rectors of the institutions of higher education of Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of local mass media, as well as the foreign journalists accredited in Turkmenistan.
The heads and representatives of respected international and regional organizations, including the UN, OSCE, CIS and others took part in the International Conference via videoconferencing.
In his opening speech, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the significance of the given Conference that is taking place in the International Year of Peace and Trust. He expressed firm commitment of Turkmenistan to the development of peaceful, friendly ties between countries and people. The President also called for the expansion of collaboration with the international partners.
Then the participants heard the video statement of the Secretary General of the OSCE Helga Schmid who told about the active work of Turkmenistan in the process of upholding the sustainable development, the culture of peace and trust. She also highlighted the role of Turkmenistan in the development of economic connectivity in the region and beyond itThen the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States – Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev addressed the conference via videoconferencing. He particularly underlined that in the person of Turkmenistan, the international community has gained a reliable and peace-loving partner and the state confirms in practice its vital input in the development of international cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and trust.
Also via videoconferencing gave her speech, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Olga Algayerova. She noted the important role of Turkmenistan in the promotion of constructive regional and international dialogue, in particular through the collaboration in the area of green economy, trade, transport, ecology and others.
About the significance of peaceful and open international cooperation to which Turkmenistan calls, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Under-Secretary-General Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana has spoken in her video statement. She underlined the importance of mutual support in the process of resisting the common threats and challenges.
In her speech, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Christine Weigand told about the active cooperation of Turkmenistan with the UN from the perspective of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals that is inseparably connected to maintenance of peace and trust between countries and people.
Also, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Turkmenistan Aleksandr Blokhin gave a speech at the Conference. The diplomat said that “the peace and trust is what is extremely needed today to the people and states of the whole Globe and their priority scope in the Turkmen foreign policy has gained many practical confirmations and rightly valued by the world community.”
In his speech, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan Matthew Stephen Klimov presented his vision of the notions of peace and trust. He underlined that to attain peace it is necessary to build and maintain trust. The Ambassador added that this is what Turkmenistan is calling for through its positive neutral policy.
Speaking at the Conference, the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd stated that by initiating the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaring the International Year of Peace and Trust, “the Government of Turkmenistan has again demonstrated its commitment to the policy of permanent neutrality, the main priorities of which is the affirmation of the culture of dialogue and reinforcement of mutual trust between various states.”
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan Diego Ruiz Alonso also spoke at the Conference. The diplomat noted the role of Turkmenistan in the promotion of peaceful and trustful relations between countries and people that is reflected in numerous projects of economic and humanitarian nature.
In the end of the official part of the Conference, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to participants for active involvement and wished to all peace and wellbeing.
Then the ceremony of signing international documents took place and the International Conference continued in plenary sessions.
THE PLENARY SESSION ON THE TOPIC OF “COOPERATION FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND SECURITY” WAS HELD IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCEFriday, 16 April 2021 17:22
In the framework of the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” that took place on the 15th of April 2021 in Ashgabat, a plenary session on the topic of “Cooperation for the sake of Peace and Security” was held. The event was held in hybrid format in the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The moderator of the session was the Deputy Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Philippe Saprykin.
The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, Director of the UN Regional Office for the Coordination of Sustainable Development Gwi Yeop Son, UN Women’s Global Chief of Women, Peace and Security Paivi Kaarina Kannisto, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNODC Ashita Mittal, IOM Regional Coordinator for Migration for Central Asia, Head of IOM Missions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Zeynal Hajiyev, Head of the Regional Office for Central Asia, ICRC Sangeeta Koenig, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNDRR Abdurahim Muhidov and the Subregional Coordinator of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Viorel Gutu gave speeches at the session.
The issues of expanding cooperation on sustenance of security and stability on the regional and international levels were thoroughly discussed.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan expressed clear position of Turkmenistan in the processes of sustaining peace and security through political and diplomatic methods, preventive diplomacy and strengthening of cooperation between the relevant departments of the countries of the region. Special emphasis was made on the work of Turkmenistan on strengthening regional and interregional collaboration, promotion of dialogue in the framework and under the auspices of the United Nations and other large and respected international organizations.
The participants discussed the matters of Afghanistan where active participation of the Turkmen side in the implementation of large-scale infrastructural projects on the territory of Afghanistan was highlighted. The significance of widening humanitarian cooperation in the region was underlined.
The parties discussed the collaboration on the platform of the UN on the implementation of joint projects and programs, including those aimed at the resolution of the migration issues.
The joint efforts in the area of countering crime and drug trafficking, responding to emergencies, including the decrease of the natural disasters risks were discussed.
AT THE SESSION IN TURKMEN STATE UNIVERSITY NAMED AFTER MAGTYMGULY THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ECOLOGY IN TRADE-ECONOMIC COOPERATION WAS DISCUSSEDFriday, 16 April 2021 17:18
On April 15, 2021, the second plenary session “Significance of ecology in trade-economic cooperation” of the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” had been held at the Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli. The Permanent Representative of the United Nations Development Programme Office in Turkmenistan Natia Natsvlishvili moderated the session.
The session was attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan G.Mushshikov, Head of Subregional Office for Central Asia, UN Environmental Programme Aidai Kurmanova, General Delegate to Eurasia, IRU Vadim Zakharenko, Director of the Office for Safe Labor for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ILO Olga Koulaeva, Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia Zafar Makhmudov and other heads of authoritative international organizations, as well as faculty and students of the university.
During his speech, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Daren Tang noted that this International Conference creates opportunity for everyone to exchange views on current and future tasks connected with peace, security and sustainable development. He also mentioned the importance of the development of the creative skills in science, technology and innovations for all-round well-being and to reach Sustainable development goals.
Chief of the Regional Coordination Division for Europe and Central Asia, of the UN Industrial Development Organizations Jacek Cukrowski informed about UNIDO activities in Turkmenistan, underlined the role of the Joint Declaration signed in 2015, which includes such priority directions as support of small and middle enterprises, strengthening the national infrastructure of quality, promotion of investments and assistance to technology development.
Regional Director, UN Office for Projects Service Freya von Groote in her speech noted that supports strategic goals of development of Turkmenistan within the new Framework Programme of the UN on cooperation in the field of sustainable development. She also told about the activities of UNOPS on strengthening of the national system of health protection of Turkmenistan.
Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, UNCTAD Dmitry Godunov informed on the activities of UNCTAD in Turkmenistan and noted the importance of the automated system of processing of customs data and the system of “a single window” in order to enhance transit capacity, stimulation of expansion of national transport and logistics infrastructure.
Within the framework of the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust”, on April 15, 2021, the third plenary session “International Cooperation on Humanitarian Issues” was held at the International University for humanities and development. The Rector of the given University Esen Aydogdiyev moderated the session.
The speeches of the Speaker of Parliament of Turkmenistan Gulshat Mammedova, Director of the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia Afshan Khan, Deputy Director of the Office for Europe and the CIS, UNDP Agi Veres, OHCHR Regional Representative for Central Asia Ryszard Komenda, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA Alanna Armitage, Head of the Regional Office for Central Asia, IFRC Bayarmaa Luntan, Regional Representative for Central Asia, UNHCR Hans Friedrich Schodder and Head of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran Cvetan Cvetkovski were listened at the meeting.
During the meeting, the participants emphasized that Turkmenistan considers the development of humanitarian cooperation as the most important task of interaction within the framework of regional and international organizations, including with specialized UN structures. Actively interacting with international humanitarian organizations, the state contributes to the efforts of the world community, taking effective measures to provide assistance to migrants, refugees, stateless persons and protect their rights. In this context, the importance of the Inter-departmental Commission on the Implementation of International Obligations of Turkmenistan in the area of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law was emphasized.
Noting the productivity of the work done in Turkmenistan in recent years in this direction, the participants emphasized that the country takes an active position in matters of humanitarian cooperation, putting forward specific initiatives aimed at ensuring prosperity in the regional and global dimensions, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Expressing gratitude for the invitation to take part in this conference, the meeting participants noted the high level of cooperation of Turkmenistan in the field of humanitarian action, both in a bilateral and multilateral format.
A ROUND TABLE WAS HELD ON THE RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “GLOBAL COOPERATION OF INDEPENDENT, NEUTRAL TURKMENISTAN FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TRUST”Friday, 16 April 2021 17:12
On April 15, in Ashgabat, the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” successfully completed its work.
Following the event, a round table was held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Turkmenistan, where the key aspects of the conference were announced. The Rector of the International University for the Humanities and Development Esen Aydogdyev acted as a moderator.
The event was attended by the Rector of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan J.Gurbangeldyev, the Rector of the Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli B.Orazdurdiyeva, Pro-rector of the International University for the Humanities and Development N.Shihliyev, Deputy Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia F.Saprykin, Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan C. Weigand, Young Ambassadors of SDGs, as well as faculty and students of a number of universities.
There was noted that the International Conference “Global Cooperation of Independent, Neutral Turkmenistan for the sake of Peace and Trust” has become an effective interactive platform, during which each participant, on behalf of the organization he represents, outlined the vision of the importance of peace and trust in international affairs. An active exchange of views took place on expanding partnership in this direction.
The merits of the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in promoting peace and building trust between countries and nations, which are laid down in the concept of holding the International Year of Peace and Trust, were especially highlighted.
On April 5, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held a futsal tournament dedicated to the World Health Day. The competition brought together representatives of the diplomatic corps, as well as Georgian athletes.
Those speaking during the tournament opening ceremony, it was noted that 2021, declared, according to the Resolution of the UN General Assembly, the International Year of Peace and Trust, was held in Turkmenistan under the motto “Turkmenistan - Homeland of Peace and Trust”.
It was also emphasized that comprehensive work is carried out in Turkmenistan to popularize the principles of healthy lifestyle, develop sports, and strengthen international cooperation in this area.
At the end of the tournament, commemorative prizes were awarded to the winners.
Development of partnership within the framework of the CIS discussed at the meeting of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs
A meeting of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place in Moscow.
Chairman of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova and Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee attended the meeting.
In a narrow format, the heads of the delegations exchanged views on the important issues of the international agenda and cooperation in the CIS format, as well as adopted the draft Address of the heads of the CIS member states to the peoples of the Commonwealth countries and the world community on occasion of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
In the framework of the expanded meeting, the status of the implementation of the Action Programme to enhance partnership between the CIS Ministries of Foreign Affairs in 2020 was considered. In particular, it was noted that the partners managed to advance in many positions of the document, to maintain an active inter-ministerial dialogue on the key topics and coordinate efforts, interacting at leading international platforms.
Moreover, meeting participants approved the results of the multi-level inter-ministerial consultations held in 2020 within the framework of the Commonwealth.
The heads of the foreign-policy agencies instructed the CIS Executive Committee to submit the draft Plan of multi-level inter-ministerial consultations within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2022 to the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
Two documents, the drafts of which were approved by the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, will be submitted to the Council of CIS Heads of Government for consideration. Among them are the document on cooperation in the field of geodesy, cartography and remote sensing of the Earth and the document on the creation of a basic organization for operational and strategic training of officers of the armed forces.
The meeting participants also approved medium-term action plans for the implementation of CIS strategies - the development of cooperation in the field of physical culture and sports, international youth cooperation, as well as in the field of tourism.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has taken part as an honorary guest in unofficial Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (Turkic Council) in online format by the invitation of the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Yolbasy, Honorary Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Nursultan Nazarbayev.
It is worth to remind that this international organization was established in October 2009. At present time, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Turkey are the members of the Turkic Council. Hungary has a status of observer in this organization.
Steadily implementing foreign strategy, which is based on the principles of positive neutrality, peace-loving and constructive international cooperation, Turkmenistan successfully develops friendship, good neighborliness and wide beneficial partnership both in bilateral and multilateral formats.
Fruitful cooperation with Turkic-speaking countries, which peoples of which Turkmen nations is united by similarity of historical routes, cultural and spiritual traditions, which go deep to the centuries, is one of visual examples of this. In modern age, these good traditions receive new continuation and content providing favorable prepositions for further activation of multidimensional cooperation based on goodwill, significant potential and common wish of progress and prosperity.
It is remarkable that the head of Turkmenistan has been participating in high-level forums of Turkic Council several times. It proves an initiative position of our country in cooperation with regional and international structures, optimum use if existing capabilities for expansion of efficient trade and economic, humanitarian and cultural relations on wide geographic space, which is occupied by Turkic states in Eurasian continent.
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kasym-Jomart Tokayev, the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yolbasy, Honorary Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Japarov, President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban, Secretary General of the Turkic Council Bagdad Amreyev took part in the current Summit.
The agenda of the forum included the subjects of expansion and strengthening of multidimensional interstate partnership, which meets the interests of common wealth and sustainable development.
The floor was given to the head of Turkmenistan. In his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has confirmed the commitment of our country to wide constructive cooperation on international level in regional and international formats.
Addressing the heads of Turkic-speaking states, Turkmen leader expressed sincere gratitude to them for the intent to intensify friendly cooperation with Turkmenistan, for support given to our country in international arena, in particular under the UN, as well as for regular assistance in realization of its peaceful foreign course, which is based on thoughtful home policy.
This occurrence, which is typical for our nations and their national mentality, is based on the principles of friendship, fraternity, mutual support and solidarity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.
Taking this opportunity, the head of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Honorary Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Nursultan Nazarbayev for the respect by inviting to current international forum as an honorary guest.
Turkmen leader has also expressed gratitude for optimum conditions made for the Summit, which is to continue developing friendly relations and beneficial partnership between Turkic-speaking states.
The head of the state has noted further that the agenda of the current forum, which is very important for bringing the relations between our countries, includes important subjects for definition of the vectors of coordinated activity of Turkic-speaking states.
In particular, current problems of present and long term perspective are discussed and number of important organizational issues are reviewed. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has expressed confidence that decisions made by the outcomes of the meeting would be positive from all sides.
As is known, the head of the state continued, Turkmenistan made important initiatives on current problems of the agenda of international politics including initiative for provision of global and energy security, development of transport sphere, environment protection, intensification of trade and economic relations and other. Our state approaches practical implementation of these proposals in the world scale with full responsibility.
Speaking of this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has focused attention of the participants of the Summit on some subjects of international significance.
Having outlined the provision of global energy security as one of immediate objectives of the present, the head of Turkmenistan noted that realizing the necessity of equal and fair use of the world energy resources, our country stands for the formation of reliable and stable system of their supplies to the world markets taking into account the interests of relevant parties.
In this context, Turkmenistan has proposed to establish negotiation processes on global energy security under international organizations, especially on the United nations level. Relative Resolutions developed in this field have been widely supported by the UN General Assembly. Turkmen side invites the states, which are interested in creating the system of global energy security, to take an active part in this beginning.
Turkmenistan will continue putting efforts in this direction and implement constructive international cooperation in bringing of oil and gas resources and power energy to the world markets for these purposes, the leader of the nation highlighted expressing confidence that it would be beneficial for all countries including Turkic-speaking states.
Having outlined transport and communication sphere as one of strategic spheres of the economy, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that Turkic-speaking countries have a tremendous potential for joint implementation of efficient measures in this sector.
The head of the state noted that Turkmenistan undertakes measures for modernization of its modern transport and communication system and formation of transport and transit corridors of international and regional level, which would consolidates the efforts of international community.
For this purpose, the UN General Assembly has adopted three resolutions in the sphere of development of all modes of transport at the initiative of our country and support of the state members of this Summit. Big work on creation of global transport and transit corridors is made to implement these constructiveness oriented international documents.
In this regard, the confidence that fraternal Turkic-speaking states would take an active part in joint work aimed at further development of the systems of international transport provision.
Ecology and environment protection, which is current issues of life and society these days, are also among the priorities of international activity of Turkmenistan. Speaking of the Central Asian region, complicated situation with the Aral Sea raise the highest concern.
Continuing the subject, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has noted that this ecological catastrophe directly affects life and health of people living in the Aral Sea region and other countries. Therefore, liquidation of this disaster and mitigation of its negative impact have to be made immediately.
Turkmenistan actively works in ecological sphere and environment protection on global level. Our country was an author of the UN General Assembly on Cooperation between the United Nations Organization and International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea as well as proposed an initiative of development of the UN Special Program for the Aral Sea Basin. At present time, Turkmenistan closely cooperates with the world community, especially with the UN, in this sphere.
- I am confident that these necessary measures will support further intensification of cooperation between our countries, - Turkmen leader said also calling all parties to participate actively in implementation of the above-mentioned documents.
In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has expressed firm confidence that the goals of work carried out in the above-mentioned three directions and strategic vectors of international partnership would be reflected in the documents aimed at development of the relations between Turkic – speaking countries.
The head of Turkmenistan has also highlighted that big role in friendly and fraternal relations between state members of the Summit is given to culture, science and education as common spiritual and cultural heritage and values serve as a solid foundation for strengthening and intensification of interstate relations.
In this context, the President has spoken about the relevance to expand the range of programs and projects implemented under the TURKSOY, having proposed to carry out relevant work for spreading and popularization of works of famous poets and writers, outstanding cultural and art masters of the state members of the Forum in the world.
At present time, Turkmenistan has started preparation to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Turkmen classic poet Magtumguly Fragi in 2024. Special attention is paid to international cooperation in this work, especially to joint activity with Turkic-speaking countries. Summing up what was said, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence in the need of further intensification of cooperation of the state members of the Summit in cultural sphere.
Continuing his speech, the head of Turkmenistan has focused attention of his foreign colleagues on such important subject as novel coronavirus pandemic, which has become a significant ordeal and presenting a serious threat to the whole world, for recovery of which huge efforts of entire world community are required. Our country was one of the first that undertook integrated measures for prevention of entry of COVID-19 to its territory.
At the same time, Turkmenistan has made international initiatives aimed at development of joint and coordinated solutions for countering the spread of the infection as well as actively participated in taking certain targeted measures in the region. In addition, our country supports the consolidation of efforts and potential of all states in combating modern challenges and threats. The leader of the nation noted that Turkic-speaking countries have accumulated certain experience in joint work in this direction.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has stressed that it would be right if in future, medical facilities and scientific and research institutes of the state members of the Summit would work on combating the coronavirus pandemic together with the world community.
Finishing his speech, the head of Turkmenistan has expressed firm confidence that the current Summit and matters reviewed at the session would support the expansion of equal and beneficial partnership as well as friendly and fraternal relations between the states and the nations.
The speech of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been listened to by the participants of the Summit with big interest and attention.
In their speeches, the heads of the state members of the Forum have noted the importance of the Forum in the context of activation of cooperation between the states of the region and exchange of practice, made important initiatives on subjects related to provision of common security and stability, sustainable development of the economy of the state partners.
The participants of the Summit have expressed interest of Turkic states in expansion of multidimensional cooperation with Turkmenistan, which has advantageous geographic location in Central Asia and has recommended itself as reliable and responsible partner.