On January 9, 2021, Turkmen delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a meeting with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The Parties have stated with appreciation the high dynamics of broad bilateral relations. The effectiveness of interstate political and diplomatic dialogue, as well as further development of trade, economic, culture and humanitarian relations has been emphasized.
During the conversation, significant steps of collaboration between two neighboring countries in the last year, in particular on promoting large joint infrastructure projects have been underlined, as well as the key vectors of partnership for current year determined.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a meeting with the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the same day.
POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN AT THE LEVEL OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WERE HELD IN KABULMonday, 11 January 2021 16:03
On January 9, 2021, Political consultations between Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs were held in Kabul.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar expressed their positions on key aspects of bilateral agenda.
The parties underlined the effectiveness of dialogue between the Heads of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan that contributes to successful promotion of political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian relations.
The parties have signed the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for 2021-2022 upon the results of the consultations.
The sixth session of Joint Turkmen-Afghan Commission on cooperation in the field of security was also held on the same day.
During the session, parties constructively exchanged views related to strengthening partnership in the field of countering present threats and challenges, including terrorism, extremism, cyberattacks and others. The readiness of two states to strengthen border cooperation and maintain information security is expressed.
The Protocol of the Sixth Session of Joint Turkmen-Afghan Commission on Cooperation in the Field of Security was adopted upon the results of the meeting.
On January 8, 2021, a briefing was held in premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan by the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Ms. Natalia Drozd. The main topic was the Ashgabat Final document, adopted on the outcomes of the International Conference "Policy of neutrality and Its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development" held on December 12 of last year in honor of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality. As known, this Document was circulated as the documents of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council.
The event was attended by Turkmen diplomats and faculty members of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
In the beginning of her speech, N.Drozd noted that the last year marked by the 25th anniversary of the international recognition of the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan was filled with important events.
She emphasized the significance of political, economic and humanitarian aspects of the policy of neutrality in strengthening the regional and global security and stability. In this context, Ms. Drozd highlighted the importance of the Ashgabat Final Document, which urges to develop the concept of neutrality and promoting the role of neutralism in international efforts to maintain peace and mutual understanding.
Also N. Drozd noted that this Document calls for the active use of the tools of preventive diplomacy, which is one of the key components of the OSCE functions. In this context, she stressed that the Organization highly appraises Turkmenistan's adherence to the principles of preventive diplomacy.
“It should be noted specifically that the Ashgabat Document welcomes the establishment of the Group of Friends of Neutrality for the sake of peace, security and sustainable development. This initiative of the Government of Turkmenistan is of particular importance, since the Group will serve as an effective platform for maintaining equal dialogue on applying the potential of neutrality in order to improve international political cooperation”, N. Drozd noted. She also expressed confidence that this Document will serve as a guideline for further joint activities.
During the briefing, the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat also emphasized the importance of the UN General Assembly Resolution declaring the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Confidence. “By initiating this Resolution, Turkmenistan reaffirmed its commitment to the use of neutrality to facilitate global efforts to promote peace and security. The resolution acquires special significance in the light of modern threats to global security”, N.Drozd added.
THE FINAL ASHGABAT DOCUMENT WAS DISTRIBUTED AS A DOCUMENT OF THE 75TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND UN SECURITY COUNCILMonday, 04 January 2021 18:12
As known, on the 12th of December 2020, the International Conference entitled “Policy of neutrality and its importance in provision of universal peace, security and sustainable development" dedicated to the 25th anniversary of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan took place in Ashgabat. The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated to the work of the Forum.
The video statements of the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr.Yousef Bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Vladimir Norov, and UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay were heard at the Conference. Upon the outcomes of the International Conference, the Final Ashgabat Document of the International Conference “Policy of neutrality and its importance in provision of universal peace, security and sustainable development” was adopted.
The Final Ashgabat Document was published on the official languages of the United Nations and was distributed as a document of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly and UN Security Council.
АШХАБАДСКИЙ ИТОГОВЫЙ ДОКУМЕНТ РАСПРОСТРАНЕН В КАЧЕСТВЕ ДОКУМЕНТОВ 75-Й СЕССИИ ГЕНЕРАЛЬНОЙ АССАМБЛЕИ ООН И СОВЕТА БЕЗОПАСНОСТИ ООН
Как известно, 12 декабря 2020 года в Ашхабаде состоялась Международная конференция «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития» в честь 25-летия постоянного Нейтралитета Туркменистана. В работе форума принял участие Президент Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов.
Также на конференции выступили с видеообращениями Генеральный секретарь Организации Объединенных Наций Антониу Гутерриш, Генеральный секретарь Организации Исламского Сотрудничества Юсеф Бен Ахмед Аль-Усаймин, Председатель Исполнительного комитета – Исполнительный секретарь СНГ Сергей Лебедев, Генеральный секретарь Шанхайской Организации Сотрудничества Владимир Норов и Генеральный Директор ЮНЕСКО Одрэ Азуле. По итогам Международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития» был принят Ашхабадский итоговый документ.
Ашхабадский итоговый документ распространен в качестве документов 75-ой сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН и Совет Безопасности и опубликован на официальных языках ООН.
On the 21st of December 2020, a telephone conversation was held between the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V.Hajiyev and the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, upon the initiative of the Afghan side.
During the conversation, an exchange of views took place on the agenda of Turkmen-Afghan cooperation. The parties underlined the active development of bilateral ties in view of the agreements between the heads of state of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
A.R.Dostum highly appraised the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan aimed at strengthening of peace and stability in the region, as well as stressed the necessity of promoting the ideas of neutralism in addressing the regional issues.
In addition, during the telephone talk special accent was made on the importance of implementing the infrastructural projects aimed at further socio-economic development of Afghanistan and the region in general. The adherence of both sides to putting together the efforts in the process of prompt implementation of energy, transport and other projects, including the fight against threats and challenges to security and stability was emphasized.
TRADE AND ECONOMIC TIES WERE DISCUSSED IN THE FINAL PART OF THE POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN TURKMENISTAN AND THE UNITED STATESFriday, 18 December 2020 14:21
On December 17, 2020, the final stage of political consultations between Turkmenistan and the United States took place in the format of a video conference.
From the Turkmen side, the meeting was attended by the heads and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, as well as the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan. The US delegation was led by Dan Negrea, a senior State Department official.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the current level of trade-economic cooperation and exchanged views on expanding partnership in areas of mutual interest.
Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov emphasized that trade-economic ties are one of the main areas of joint activities of the two countries. He spoke for the further development of partnership in investment and innovation activities, in the field of modernization of production and mutual trade. The success of the long-term work of American companies in the Turkmen market and the effectiveness of the Turkmen-American Business Council were emphasized.
The participants of the meeting listened to the presentations of the parties on the main vectors of interaction. The practical steps of Turkmenistan towards improving the investment and business climate of the country, as well as the regulatory framework were highlighted, which was confirmed by the reports of reputable international financial institutions, in particular the IMF, EBRD and the World Bank. This is also evidenced by the accession of Turkmenistan to the World Trade Organization as an observer. The activity on the economic empowerment of women in Turkmenistan was noted.
The parties spoke about the importance of the United States Agency for International Cooperation (USAID), including its role in the implementation of joint projects at the national level and within the framework of cooperation between the countries of Central Asia and the United States "C5 + 1". The importance of the Investment and Trade and Investments Framework Agreement (TIFA) was also highlighted.
During the meeting, the sides discussed the possibilities of developing cooperation in the implementation of infrastructure projects of regional and international importance. Potential directions include the creation of interregional transport and transit corridors along the East-West and South-North lines with access to Asian, European and Middle East markets, as well as the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and other mutually acceptable projects.
The parties also talked about expanding partnerships in the field of environmental safety, including the creation of production facilities for renewable energy sources and the implementation of scientific exchanges.
Summing up the political consultations, the parties expressed satisfaction with the positive dynamics in the development of relations between Turkmenistan and the United States, and also reaffirmed their commitment to partnership in the interests of global peace, security, progress and constructive development.
On December 16, 2020, a regular meeting of the "Turkmenistan-USA" Business Council was held online, at which key aspects of trade-economic cooperation were discussed.
The meeting was attended by members of the Government, heads of key ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, senior representative of the US State Department Jonathan Henick, Executive Director of the Council Eric Stewart and heads of American companies-members of the Council, in particular, “John Deere”, “Case New Holland”, “Westport Trading Ltd", "Caterpillar", "Oxbow", "S2Global", "Visa,” “Boeing" and others.
During the meeting, the need to diversify the economic partnership between Turkmenistan and the United States was emphasized, in which investment, technological and financial directions occupy a special place.
In his speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov expressed the commitment of the Government of Turkmenistan to expand trade-economic cooperation with the United States. He noted the long-term positive contribution of American companies to various sectors of the Turkmen economy.
The importance of the "Turkmenistan - USA" Business Council in the development of mutually beneficial relations between the two countries was emphasized. Established in 2008 at the initiative of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Business Council has become an effective mechanism for establishing and strengthening relations between business structures of Turkmenistan and the United States.
Meetings of the Council are held annually in Ashgabat or in one of the US cities. The Business Council has repeatedly organized major business forums and exhibitions, during which the products of leading American manufacturers were demonstrated, including the presentation of plans for cooperation between American companies and their Turkmen partners. In the early years, about 60 American companies participated in such forums. At the subsequent stages, more than 100 American business structures took part in these events.
As part of today's meeting, separate online meetings were held between the leadership of leading American companies and members of the Government, heads of the agricultural complex and the banking system of Turkmenistan.
Заседание Делового совета «Туркменистан–США»
16 декабря 2020 года в онлайн режиме прошло очередное заседание Делового совета «Туркменистан–США», на котором обсуждались ключевые аспекты торгово-экономического сотрудничества.
Во встрече приняли участие члены Правительства, руководители ключевых министров и ведомств Туркменистана, высокопоставленный представитель Госдепа США Джонатан Хеник, исполнительный директор Совета Эрик Стюарт и руководители американских компаний-членов Совета, в частности «John Deere», «Case New Holland», «Westport Trading Ltd.», «Caterpillar», «Oxbow», «S2Global», «Visa», «Boeing» и других.
В ходе заседания подчёркнута необходимость диверсификации экономического партнёрства между Туркменистаном и США, в котором инвестиционное, технологическое и финансовое направление занимают особое место.
В своем выступлении Министр иностранных дел Туркменистана Р.Мередов выразил приверженность Правительства Туркменистана расширению торгово-экономического взаимодействия с Соединёнными Штатами. Он отметил многолетний позитивный вклад американских компаний в различные отрасли туркменской экономики.
Подчеркнута значимость Делового совета «Туркменистан - США» в развитии взаимовыгодных связей между двумя странами. Созданный в 2008 году по инициативе Президента Туркменистана Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова, Деловой совет стал действенным механизмом налаживания и укрепления отношений между предпринимательскими структурами Туркменистана и США.
Заседания Совета проводятся ежегодно в Ашхабаде или в одном из городов США. Деловой совет неоднократно выступал организатором крупных бизнес-форумов и выставок, в ходе которых демонстрировалась продукция ведущих американских производителей, включая презентации планов сотрудничества между американскими компаниями и их туркменскими партнёрами. В первые годы в таких форумах участвовало около 60 американских компаний. На последующих этапах в этих мероприятиях принимали участие более 100 американских бизнес-структур.
В рамках сегодняшнего заседания состоялись отдельные онлайн-встречи между руководством ведущих американских компаний и членами Правительства, главами сельскохозяйственного комплекса и банковской системы Туркменистана.
Meeting of the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Framework Program for Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Development between Turkmenistan and the UN for 2021-2025
On December 16, 2020, the first meeting of the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations for 2021-2025 was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The meeting was attended by the heads and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, as well as representatives of more than 30 relevant ministries and departments of the country. The meeting was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, as well as the heads of the UN structural divisions in Ashgabat.
At the opening of the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov noted the high level of multifaceted cooperation between Turkmenistan and the UN. In particular, the Minister expressed confidence in that through joint efforts it will be possible to attain vast results in line with the present objectives and partnership spirit, as well as the long-term interests of Turkmenistan and the UN in the process of provision of sustainable development and stable progress. In this context, the importance of joint systemic works on the basis of medium-term and long-term programs and plans was highlighted.
As known, in March of this year, a new Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations for 2021-2025 was signed. Speaking at today’s session, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan E.Panova underlined the special attention and commitment of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the development of strategic partnership with the UN on a wide range. She expressed gratitude to the Government of Turkmenistan for assistance in the implementation of joint programs and projects aimed at the wellbeing of not only the people of Turkmenistan, but of the whole world.
At the meeting, the parties discussed the main achievements in the implementation of the current Cooperation Framework Program. Presentations were made by representatives of UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, UNFPA in Turkmenistan on the results of joint activities.
Then an exchange of views took place on the implementation of the Cooperation Framework for the coming period. Particular emphasis was placed on the development of a "road map" for its implementation. The participants were familiarized with the presentation of the mechanisms of management and implementation of this Program, the strategy for its financing, as well as the plan for monitoring and evaluating the activities.
The meeting participants agreed to consider in the first quarter of 2021 the UN Country Team's Joint Resource Mobilization Strategies, as well as recommendations and proposals for financing the Cooperation Framework Program and mobilizing resources for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the national level.
Upon completion of the meeting, the Protocol of the first meeting of the Steering Committee was signed which reflects the practical measures for the implementation of the given Framework Programme.
On December 14, 2020, a meeting was held in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, which was attended by the heads and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors - heads of diplomatic missions and missions to international organizations, heads of consular offices of Turkmenistan abroad.
During the meeting, a wide range of issues related to the implementation of the instructions of the President of Turkmenistan, given to the diplomatic corps of the country during an expanded meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country, held on December 11 this year, was discussed.
Turkmen diplomats also considered ways of practical implementation of the ideas and initiatives of the Head of State put forward by him at the International Conference "Policy of Neutrality and its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", dedicated to the 25th anniversary of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which took place on December 12, 2020 in Ashgabat.
СОВЕЩАНИЕ В МИД ТУРКМЕНИСТАНА
14 декабря 2020 года в здании Министерства иностранных дел Туркменистана состоялось совещание, в котором приняли участие руководители и ответственные сотрудники внешнеполитического ведомства, послы – главы зарубежных дипломатических представительств и миссий при международных организациях, руководители консульских учреждений Туркменистана.
В ходе совещания был обсужден широкий круг вопросов, связанных с выполнением поручений Президента Туркменистана, данных дипломатическому корпусу страны в ходе расширенного заседания Кабинета Министров страны, состоявшегося 11 декабря текущего года.
Туркменские дипломаты также рассмотрели пути практической реализации идей и инициатив Главы государства, выдвинутых им на Международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и её значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития», посвящённой 25-летнему юбилею постоянного нейтралитета Туркменистана, которая состоялась 12 декабря 2020 года в Ашхабаде.
Sergey Lebedev: "The policy of Turkmenistan, based on the principles of Neutrality, deserves universal recognition and respect"Monday, 14 December 2020 15:46
Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee - Executive Secretary of the CIS, during his video message at the International Conference "Policy of Neutrality and its Role in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", stated that over 25 years of permanent Neutrality, Turkmenistan has proved the effectiveness of its neutral foreign policy and its compliance with the long-term interests of the world community.
It was especially emphasized that such a policy of Turkmenistan, based on the principles of Neutrality, on the resolution of controversial issues and contradictions in international affairs by political and diplomatic means, deserves universal recognition and respect.
Сергей Лебедев: «Политика Туркменистана, базирующаяся на принципах нейтральности, заслуживает всеобщего признания и уважения»
Сергей Лебедев, Председатель Исполнительного комитета – Исполнительный секретарь СНГ в ходе своего видеообращения на международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития» констатировал, что за 25 лет постоянного нейтралитета Туркменистан доказал эффективность проводимой нейтральной внешней политики и ее соответствие долгосрочным интересам мирового сообщества.
Было особо подчеркнуто, что такая политика Туркменистана, базирующаяся на принципах нейтральности, на разрешении спорных вопросов и противоречий в международных делах политическими и дипломатическими средствами, заслуживает всеобщего признания и уважения.