Statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November)

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Friday, 25 November 2022 16:01

This joint statement is issued by the United Nations system in Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia,  the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the Embassies to Georgia of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we would like to join hands with survivors, activists, decision-makers, and people from every walk of life to take a bold stand against this global scourge.

Stigma and impunity have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions. Across the world, as well as in Georgia, violence against women and girls remains one of the most pervasive and latent human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.

A world where violence against women and girls is not just condemned but stopped is possible. It can and must be prevented.

As highlighted in the GREVIO baseline report on Georgia published on 22/11/2022, over the past decade, Georgia has made significant progress towards effectively addressing the shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls by putting in place a comprehensive policy and legislative framework, producing data and strengthening institutions to effectively enforce the laws. Moreover, specialized services for survivors such as shelters, crisis centres and a hotline have been created, and law enforcement has been specialized to handle cases in a more sensitive and qualified manner. Importantly, there have been positive shifts in public perceptions and an increase in survivors’ trust in the justice system and services.

Despite these significant measures taken to tackle gender-based violence in Georgia, women continue to die as a result of these atrocious crimes. Often, femicide represents the continuum of other forms of violence experienced by women and girls. Sexual violence also persists in Georgia, with an extremely low number of reporting and respective cases reaching the courts. The persistent patriarchal norms and deeply entrenched stereotypes in Georgian society tend to blame victims and condone violence against women and girls.

We call for the strengthening of a holistic national framework to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls in Georgia.  Efforts should be translated into concrete actions through the necessary legislative measures by, inter alia, amending the definition of rape in the Criminal Code of Georgia to ensure compliance with the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention and other international standards, as well as by exercising due diligence to prevent (including through integrating the issue into the general education programmes), investigate, punish, and provide reparation for acts of violence. Building and strengthening an enabling environment for women’s economic, political, and social empowerment is paramount.

Since everyone has a pivotal role to play in tackling violence against women and girls, we remain steadfast in our determination to support the Government of Georgia, civil society, and other partners to ensure that the inalienable right of women and girls to live a life free from violence is observed and enjoyed for the benefit of everyone.

On the 26 of May, the Georgian nation decided once and for all to live in a free, independent country - S. Zourabichvili

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Friday, 27 May 2022 10:54

First of all, happy Independence Day to those of you who are swearing allegiance to the homeland today. The Georgian military has been characterized by its ability to fight, by its responsibility, its self-sacrifice and loyalty to oath. Today, you are becoming part of this worthy military history. You know and are well aware that defending the independence and freedom of a country is not an easy task and requires dignity and dedication.

On the 26 of May, the Georgian nation decided once and for all to live in a free, independent country. Thus, the Georgian nation once and for all refused to be part of another country, refused slavery.

Today, the 26 of May, is not only a day to revive the past, nor is it an ordinary holiday, it is a day of reflection and understanding. A day when we should think about our country and ask ourselves whether we are doing everything that this country needs, for its future, for the well-being of its people, for its independence and for its freedom.

This question should be asked by everyone, every citizen, every child of this country, living here or abroad. After all, independence means that the future of our children is in our hands and that no one can avoid this responsibility. However, and this thinking is obvious, those of us who stand on this side of the tribune owe more, for we have more responsibility. This responsibility is stronger now, because Georgia is once again standing at a crossroads, not unlike many crucial moments in its history. In front of us has come the time for new opportunities and new challenges and they require certain answers, readiness, foresight, a vision and courage with caution. It requires unity in the first place - and I will say this as many times as it takes.

A historic opportunity arose on the road to Europe. This road to Europe did not arise without bloodshed and without sacrifice. This aspiration was based on the knowledge that common values united us and connected us to the European civilization. And while we defended the Georgian faith, identity and values against a number of conquering empires, we also defended Europe at the same time. These shared values encompassed everything that is the key to our European future today, that is - four core values and principles.

1) A fair court, a principle which dates back many centuries in Georgia and is based on the historical cornerstones of Georgian law: be it the customary law of Antiquity, the 13th-century "Book of All the Mistakes of Men", the 14th-century criminal law of King George the Brilliant, or King Vakhtang VI’s unique repertoire of historical legal writings. The history of Georgian law would have adorned many European countries, and it is a bit of a shame that we cannot continue this legacy properly today.

2) The cornerstone of Georgian culture, which is also the defining value for Europe - tolerance and diversity. Even today, we and Europe owe it to ourselves to continue this tradition.

3) The Christianity of Europe and Georgia instructed us to recognize humanity as the center of the world and therefore to respect and protect all of its rights. On our way to Europe, this also stands on our agenda.

4) And finally, the balance of power to avoid the temptation of authoritarianism that characterizes our history. The division of the Executive and Legislative branches and their balancing dates back to the 12th-century reign of Tamar the King, under the form of the Karavi and the Darbazi, which stand as the foundations of Georgian parliamentarism. Thus, we must understand that the protection of these values is neither the fulfillment of someone else's dictated will, nor the danger of alienation and loss of identity, but on the contrary - taking decisive steps on the path to Europe is tantamount to returning to oneself. That is why, cognitively or intuitively, this path is supported by all of society and this support has not only slowed down but strengthened over the years. Today, for the first time, a real chance has arisen. Neither the civil society united around this goal, nor the souls of our ancestors, nor the future generations will forgive us for missing this chance. Instead, those who will be able to succeed on this path will inherit a unique place and appreciation in Georgian history. The choice is yours! The choice is ours!

With this great historical chance, Georgia is facing no less powerful challenges. The war in Ukraine, in the heart of Europe, reminds us of the tragedies of the war waged on Georgia more than once in the past centuries. Precisely because we know the cost of such devotion to country, do we owe it to ourselves not only to feel the pain of the Ukrainian people, but also to show full solidarity with them. We understand what is the power of solidarity and we see this in the Georgian society expressing that solidarity in all possible ways. We also understand very well that even our accelerated path toward Europe is the merit of the Ukrainian people, achieved with their blood and suffering. Ukraine has gone through incredible battles, its warriors have shown the world an example of courage, devotion and endurance. I would like to pay here tribute to the fallen Ukrainian and Georgian heroes, because what they all fought for is independence and freedom, and the 26 of May is a day for independence and freedom. We know and will never forget that Ukraine today defends not only its own freedom, sovereignty, and independence, but also our freedom and that of other European countries. It protects the future of a united, strong, free Europe.

At this time, the challenges related to our occupied territories are not slowing down, on the contrary. In this tense environment, there is an attempt to convince people that Georgia can "use this time" and try to return territories by force - this is another obvious Russian misinformation. I once again address our citizens in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali, assuring you that Georgia will not act against you through war and force. It is clear to everyone today which country threatens the sovereignty, identity and life of its neighbors. This is not Georgia. I appeal to you and offer that, as in the past we created the Georgian state together, now together we should create an equal future. I offer to you to join us in an European united future. I offer you freedom, and the respect and protection of your language, your identity, your history, your culture. I offer you new accord. At this time, this yet-another provocation by Russia, the threat of referendum and annexation, will not achieve its goal - the escalation of the confrontation between us and our shift from the policy of peace. Russia mustn’t make another grave mistake and wrongdoing, and must not once again try to disregard all the norms and principles of international law. This will not go unanswered and will provoke appropriate reactions from the international community.

Today, on the 26 of May, my request and wish to you, the society and the political elite, is one: Strength is in Unity! When if not today, must we realize that we have no other way! A united nation has a great future ahead: Europe and return to our roots! Once again, I would like to appeal to all of you and remind you that national accord in this should not remain an empty word and should reflect our state and historical consciousness. This chance exists today!

I would like to read one sentence from the declaration created by several groups of young people that will be signed today at the Orbeliani Palace: "Young people living in Georgia stand together to reach out to the international community at this crucial moment in the country and to express our unwavering will and support for the country's European future."

We are tasked with listening to these young people and paving the way for future generations to make their own choices. Success on this path depends on us and only us. And “us” means all of us: the government, the opposition and the society with all its components.

That is why I am ready to be your voice and deliver this message of the nation where the voice of Georgia should be heard today! So they too can understand the unified message of Georgia "We are Europeans"! We must all serve this goal... and this is how I understand the words of the oath uttered today: "I serve Georgia!"

Long live Georgia!

Happy Independence Day, beautiful Land Georgia!

Published in Society
Thursday, 26 May 2022 12:06

Happy Independence Day, beautiful Land Georgia! Our family wishes all our readers a very Happy 26th of May, we hope you are spending it with family and friends in celebration of this great nation we call home and Land of the Brave! God bless Georgia!

Respectfully,

Ilia Zukakishvili

President of the American Friendship Club

Head of the Board of Directors 

National English Spelling Competition NESC GE

May 26, 2022 - Tbilisi, Georgia

Azerbaijan celebrates Republic Day: Relying on the roots and confidently looking to the future

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 10:26

Republic Day is a significant date in the life of Azerbaijan. On May 28, 1918, the Declaration of Independence of Azerbaijan was proclaimed in the historical Viceroy’s Palace in that time Tiflis. Thus, the centuries-old tradition of statehood of the Azerbaijani people was revived in a new form of secular democratic republic. Becoming the first republic in the Muslim East, Azerbaijan affirmed the equal rights of all its citizens, regardless of gender, religious, ethnic or social affiliation. In the country, earlier than among many leading European nations, women's suffrage was guaranteed. All ethnic groups were represented in the Parliament of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR).

Noteworthy is such an important circumstance as – ADR closely coordinated its efforts in the foreign policy arena with the Georgian Democratic Republic. So, in 1919, our countries concluded a defensive pact against the common threat posed by Denikin’s troops. The independence of both states was de facto recognized by the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers under a decision of January 11, 1920. It is truly symbolic that the sketch of the ADR coat of arms, taken as the basis of the current coat of arms of the Republic of Azerbaijan, was proposed by Prince Alexander Shervashidze, who was then in Baku.

Alas, that time global political situation did not allow Azerbaijan to maintain its independence. In April 1920, Baku was occupied by the Red Army. And less than a year later, the Georgian Democratic Republic fell under the blows of the Bolsheviks. All this once again demonstrated that the destinies of our countries are intertwined with history. The successes of one lead to the good of the other. And vice versa, the trouble of one is reflected in the next.

Being a part of the USSR, Azerbaijan also strove to develop friendly contacts with Georgia; outstanding representatives of the intelligentsia of both countries were connected by warm and close relations. Our peoples continued to crave for each other. The crown of this cooperation was the friendship between the leaders of the republics – Heydar Aliyev and Eduard Shevardnadze, whose activities laid the foundations for the restoration of the countries’ independence.

Returning to the leadership in Azerbaijan after the collapse of the Soviet Union and taking the country away from the edge of the abyss in 1993, Heydar Aliyev began to systematically strengthen the foundations of statehood. He became a true architect of the today’s Republic of Azerbaijan, identifying key areas and a strategy for its development. It is no coincidence that the main export pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, the construction of which through the territory of Georgia became the triumph of Heydar Aliyev’s oil diplomacy, is inextricably linked with his name.

Relying on the strong foundation of modern effective statehood, the Republic of Azerbaijan, under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, has developed successes in all areas: reducing poverty from almost 45% in 2003 to less than 5% by now, developing social infrastructure, technological modernization, stimulating the non-oil sector, ensuring dynamic stability within the country and strengthening its prestige in the international arena. In this connection, it’s enough to recall at least such momentous events as the election of Azerbaijan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from a group of Eastern European states for 2012-2013 and the country's chairmanship in the Non-Aligned Movement, uniting 120 states, which began in 2019.

Azerbaijan is successfully building up cooperation in all significant vectors: from the European Union to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the Council of Europe, from NATO to UNESCO, etc. Of course, the strengthening of strategic partnership with neighboring countries occupies a special place in the system of priorities, and among them Georgia traditionally plays the role of our closest good neighbor, whose brotherhood has passed the test of the long history and the collisions of the present stage.

Our countries, like a hundred years ago, continue to coordinate their activities, invariably provide mutual support to each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Like a hundred years ago, we have similar problems, we feel common pain. One fifth of the internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan is under occupation. A fifth of Georgia’s territory has also been occupied.

The people and the state of Azerbaijan are determined to restore international law and justice, to ensure the violated rights of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons who have been subjected to ethnic cleansing in their own country and forcibly expelled from their homes. Strengthening the Azerbaijani state’s power significantly increased the ability to assert its rights and eliminate the consequences of the illegal use of force against it. And everyone can be sure that the success of Azerbaijan in this direction will create conditions for improving the situation in the region as a whole.

Today, celebrating Republic Day, the Azerbaijani people rely on their own strengths and actively use the potential of international cooperation. We are convinced that only by developing a mutually beneficial partnership it’s possible to confidently continue forwarding on the path of progress and prosperity. In its turn, the progress and prosperity of Azerbaijan will always benefit its good neighbors and Georgia, of course, in the first instance.

Press Service of the Embassy

of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia

The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held a cycling race dedicated to the World Bicycle Day

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 11:08

On June 3, 2019, in Tbilisi Olympic Sports Center the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia with the assistance of Georgian National bicycle federation held the cycling race dedicated to the World Bicycle Day.

The representatives of Georgian National bicycle federation, athletes and coaches of Georgia took participation in this event, which was covered by the local media.

Before the start of the race, it was noted that the World Bicycle Day was established by the Resolution of the UN General Assembly on the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. This historical event is another evidence of growing international authority of Turkmenistan and its commitment to the principles of peace-loving, humanity and efficient cooperation. 

Speakers noted that Turkmenistan pays a great attention to the development of cycling. The country realizes programme measures for the popularization of cycling and attraction of whole population especially the youth to this environmentally friendly sport. At the same time, the merit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov - an active promoter of cycling, an initiator of regular cycling races and cycling holidays, in which the head of state participates directly, was particularly emphasized.

The participants of the cycling race noted that this sports event is another step in strengthening friendship and cooperation between our countries, as well as promoting sport and a healthy lifestyle.

International Human Solidarity Day Brings People Together for Peace

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:20

Raffles University of Johor Bahru hosted a celebratory event for International Human Solidarity Day on December 29th and 30th at Capital City Mall in Malaysia. The event was co-hosted by international NGOs called Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) to raise awareness of solidarity for peace-building. Also, the Capital City joined the event in partnership.
The event included various booths, presentations and exhibitions. The Peace Letter project, one of the most-crowded booths during the event, encouraged the participants to write hand-writing letters in support of the establishment of international law for peace.
According to the volunteer of the IPYG running the booth, the letters written by the youth all over the world have been delivered to the head of each state. He added that the contents of the letters include the voice of youth urging for the legally binding document that prevents any war-like activities based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). 
Several schools in Malaysia including Dato Osman Awang, Mohd Khalid are known to implement peace education in their curriculum. With the aim of fostering a culture of peace through peace education, HWPL carried out a survey during the event. The participants partook in the survey that collected the demands of the citizens for implementing peace education throughout the country.
Denise, Education Consultant in Raffles University Iskandar who headed the event, said ‘I hope that this event can be an example for our students like how to organize events in future, and also to bring our students and society to a next level to more concern the world's news. And we believe this will also help our students to be more responsible to the society. ’ in regards to the expected outcome of the event.
Co-hosts IPYG and HWPL also stated ‘ First I want to thanks for all the help in this events and being our partner until the end of the event. And I do hope that we can work together next time.’.

Georgia: Marneuli – last stop for Europe Day festivities in 2018

Published in Culture
Thursday, 08 November 2018 16:03

Last weekend, over 3,000 people gathered in the city of Marneuli, in the Kvemo Kartli region of southern Georgia, for the sixth regional Europe Day organised by the EU Delegation to the country.

Festivities in Marneuli closed the Europe Day activities held in the country this year. In 2018, the EU Delegation to Georgia brought Europe Day celebrations to seven locations: the capital of Tbilisi and six regional towns.

Residents of these towns enjoyed a number of information activities, including for children, to learn about the diverse Member States of the EU and EU-Georgia cooperation. Adults had the opportunity to sample delicious food and find out more about how the EU is helping create more opportunities for Georgian citizens.

Prime Minister Congratulates Turkey With Republic Day

Published in Politics
Friday, 02 November 2018 10:53

"Turkey is the largest trade partner for our country" stated Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Reception marking 95th Anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey.

Head of Government of Georgia congratulated H.E. Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassador of Turkey to Georgia with the Republic Day and noted that Turkey has overcome a number of challenges throughout these 95 years and transformed into a large economic and political power.

According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, many regional and historic projects have jointly been implemented by Georgia and Turkey, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars BTK.

"I am thrilled that I have participated in the BTK myself" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.

Head of Government of Georgia underlined the consistent support of Turkey since Georgia regained its independence.

"We regard Turkey as our strategic friend. At the same time, it is an idea of our international aspirations as Georgia strives to become a fully-fledged member of NATO and Turkey is a great supporter of ours in this endeavor. Hence, Ladies and Gentlemen, I once again wish to congratulate our Turkish friends with the Republic Day and wish them all the best. Friends, I wish you peace and prosperity" concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.

Official Reception was attended by diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, officials of non-government and international organizations, mass media, political parties and religious authorities.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov takes part in the Commemorative Day ceremony

Published in World
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 17:32

Turkmenistan marked the Commemorative Day of 1948 Ashgabat Earthquake as we as of the warriors lost in the battlefields. The State flags was flying half-staff on occasion of sorrowful date across the country. Mourning prayers and food donations were held all around Turkmenistan.

Early in the morning, thousands of Ashgabat residents came to «Halk hakydasy» Memorial Complex to lay the flowers to the pedestal of «Ruhy tagzym», «Milletiň ogullary», «Baky şöhrat» monuments.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in mourning flower laying ceremony to the monuments of «Halk hakydasy» Memorial Complex. The vehicle of the President stopped at the square in front of the Memorial Complex where the soldiers of the Guard of Honour have lined up.

The Head of the State was met by the Speaker of the Mejlis, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, hyakims of the velayats and capital, leaders of ministries and departments, public organizations and mass media, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in our country, foreign businessmen, elders, students, numerous residents of the capital.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to designated place. National anthem of Turkmenistan was played, which was replaced with sorrow melody written by Nury Halmamedov for the movie “Kepchelek” (Bitter Destiny), which became musical symbol of the Commemorative Day.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov laid the flowers to the monuments «Ruhy tagzym», «Milletiň ogullary», «Baky şöhrat». As a sign of deep mourning, the Head of the State bowed his head. Ruthless disaster took the life of the grandfather of Turkmen leader – Berdymuhamed Annayev, the Great Patriotic War veteran, teacher and populariser of national cultural heritage, in that horrible October night in 1948.

Leaders of the Mejlis, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, hyakims of velayats and Ashgabat, heads of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, public organizations, heads and representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan, foreign companies, clergymen and elders, youth, numerous residents and guests of the capital laid the wreaths and bunches of flowers were after the President of country.

Natural catastrophe caused irreparable loss to Turkmen nation. Those who survived that night of October 6, 1948, when the disaster completely destroyed Turkmen capital, have demonstrated true courage, selflessness and restraint. Common trouble consolidated the power and moral spirit of people. Today, Ashgabat is a white-marble megacity, one of the most beautiful cities of the world, oasis of peace and prosperity.

Bouquets of flowers were laid to the pedestal of «Milletiň ogullary» monument, which is the symbol of national respect of the courage and resilience of Gyoktepe Fortress defenders.

The carpet of flowers covered the foot of the monument «Baky şöhrat», which was built in honour of Turkmenistan citizens lost in combat against the fascism.

After flower laying ceremony, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the participants went to the place of memorial repast.

Addressing the participants, the Head of the State noted that adherence to commemorative traditions is one of good traditions of our nation. Being the demonstration of humanity and morality, it consolidates the solidarity of the nation. 

We deservingly continue national traditions that come from the depth of the centuries. Commemorative food donations and prayers are held on this day to honour the memory of heroes lost in the battlefields during the war and victims of Ashgabat earthquake in 1948.

Having laid the flowers to «Ruhy tagzym», «Milletiň ogullary», «Baky şöhrat» monuments, we paid tribute to the light memory of our compatriots who died in cruel wars and natural catastrophes, - the Head of the State said.

Turkmen people has survived terrible catastrophe in XX century – the Ashgabat Earthquake on 6 October 1948 night. Impact of natural disaster was merciless. Powerful earth quakes turned Ashgabat and more than 40 surrounding villages into ruins, having killed 176,000 people.

Having noted that courage, patriotism and humanity are mental features of our nation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that our compatriots demonstrated an example of resilience and compassion, having united and saving survived people from the ruins. Medics were fighting in hard conditions for the lives of the injured. Proper organization of rescue works, funerals of the victims, provision of the population with necessities, protection of public order allowed reducing negative impacts of the disaster. Turkmenistan citizens will always remember great support with gratitude, which was given by fraternal nations.

Continuing, the Head of the State said that our way is the way of creativeness. Prosperity of the country is provided by realization of large-scale projects and reforms in all spheres of the state life. Industrial and production, social and cultural facilities, modern houses, new villages are built and put into operation. Greatest attention is paid to development of Ashgabat to make it as international centre of political, humanitarian and business cooperation.

- We honour our prosperous life, popularize the traditions of peace-loving and friendship, improve the authority of Turkmenistan in the world arena. Our main goal is to activate multi-aspect cooperation, to consolidate the peace and friendship, to bring international relations to new level. Constructive proposals of Turkmenistan on key aspect of global and regional development have been made from the tribune of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

The Head of the State expressed the wish that all tributes to the victims of the earthquake and wars, food donations and prayers were heard and accepted by the Almighty. Let terrible natural disasters, which takes human lives, never happen again! Let good memory of the lost compatriots stays in our heart forever! – Turkmen leader highlighted.

The President of Turkmenistan gave floor to the mufti who read commemorative prayer, after which commemorative repast have taken place. Commemorative prayer was read again after its completion.

Having wished peace, prosperity and harmony to everybody, the head of the State said goodbye to the participants of the ceremony and left the place of event.

Commemorative ceremonies took place all around the country.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulates the compatriots on Independence Day

Published in World
Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

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