Today, on January 26, 2022, the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan Metthew Stephen Klimow was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

During the meeting, the parties considered a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as touched upon international and regional topics of mutual interest.

The diplomats also exchanged views on the agenda of the annual bilateral consultations planned to be held in the near future.

Drawing attention to the importance of economic cooperation between the two countries, the parties stressed the need to hold the next meeting of the Turkmen-American Business Council in 2022.

Press service of the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

Today, on January 26, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Turkmenistan Qian Naicheng, during which the diplomats discussed the results of the online summit "Central Asia - China", held on January 25 this year.

In this regard, the parties considered specific issues related to the implementation of the agreements and initiatives of the Heads of State, announced during the above-mentioned Forum.

Press service of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

Сегодня, 26 января 2022 года, в Министерстве иностранных дел Туркменистана прошла встреча Министра иностранных дел Туркменистана Рашида Мередова с Чрезвычайным и Полномочным Послом Соединённых Штатов Америки в Туркменистане Меттью Стивеном Климоу.

В ходе встречи стороны рассмотрели широкий круг вопросов двустороннего сотрудничества, а также затронули международные и региональные темы, представляющие взаимный интерес.

Также дипломаты обменялись мнениями по повестке дня ежегодных двусторонних консультаций, планируемых к проведению в ближайшее время.

Обратив внимание на значимость экономического сотрудничества между двумя странами, стороны подчеркнули необходимость проведения в 2022 году очередного заседания туркмено-американского Делового совета.

Пресс-служба МИД Туркменистана

Сегодня, 26 января 2022 года, состоялась встреча Министра иностранных дел Туркменистана Рашида Мередова с Чрезвычайным и Полномочным Послом Китайской Народной Республики в Туркменистане Цянь Найчэном, в ходе которой дипломаты обсудили итоги онлайн-саммита «Центральная Азия - Китай», состоявшегося 25 января текущего года.

В этой связи, стороны рассмотрели конкретные вопросы, связанные с реализацией договоренностей и инициатив Глав государств, заявленных во время вышеуказанного Форума.

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On 25 January 2022, during her official visit to Strasbourg, Nino Lomjaria, Public Defender of Georgia, met with Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Public Defender briefed the Human Rights Commissioner on the human rights situation in Georgia. Media environment, situation of equality and the need for monitoring human rights in the occupied territories were also topics of discussion.

Nino Lomjaria stressed the importance of the Commissioner’s support to human rights defenders and media representatives, who have been particularly pressured and attacked in recent years.

Talks also focused on the abolition of the State Inspector’s institution. The Public Defender informed the Council of Europe Commissioner of the constitutional complaint filed by her to request the declaration of the legislative changes adopted by the Parliament of Georgia on December 30, 2021 as unconstitutional.

Public Defender of Georgia

On January 25, 2022, an online summit was held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries of Central Asia and China, convened at the initiative of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.

At the beginning of the event, a video was shown highlighting the key moments of friendship and the main achievements of cooperation between China and the Central Asian states over the past 30 years.

Then, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping made a speech and praised China's strategic partnership with the countries of this region in all areas of effective interaction.

Further, President of the PRC Xi Jinping invited the heads of the five states of Central Asia to speak separately. Then the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. Tokayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Zhaparov, President of the Republic of Tajikistan E. Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan G. Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh. Mirziyoyev spoke.

In his speech, the Head of Turkmenistan, emphasizing the centuries-old connection of the countries and peoples of this region with China, noted that the very fact of holding today's summit testifies to the importance attached to relations between the countries of Central Asia and the People's Republic of China, understanding the importance of steadily strengthening our friendship and cooperation.

The Great Silk Road, which passed through the territory of Central Asia from China, became a factor in the development and progress of the entire world civilization, where a huge and unique experience of interaction, good neighborliness, exchange of knowledge, achievements in science and culture was accumulated, the Leader of the Nation added.

As it was specifically stated during the meeting, today the cooperation of our countries has a noticeable constructive impact on ensuring global peace and stability. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan considers the People's Republic of China and the countries of Central Asia as its key partners and like-minded people in the effective implementation of the new philosophy in international practice - "Dialogue is a guarantee of peace".

The importance of the combined potential, powerful resource, industrial, technological base of the countries, which open up huge prospects for cooperation in the economy, where one of its priorities is the fuel and energy sector, was especially noted.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov put forward the strategic gas pipeline Turkmenistan-China, passing through the territory of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as an example of truly partnership relations based on equality, awareness of multilateral benefits.

The presence of objective mutual interests of the parties in the development of cooperation in the transport sector was also emphasized. It was noted that the project "Revival of the Great Silk Road" put forward by the Turkmen side, in its philosophy and geo-economic meaning, is associated with the Chinese global initiative "One Belt - One Road".

The importance of strengthening cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, education, sports, enhancing the state of scientific and cultural ties also became a separate topic of discussion during the summit.

The parties, among other things, paid special attention to consolidating joint efforts aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic and its socio-economic consequences. An idea was put forward to create a mechanism for regular meetings between representatives of the scientific and medical communities, epidemiological and sanitary services, and other relevant departments of countries of this format.

Congratulating the leadership of the People's Republic of China and the entire Chinese people on the upcoming Olympics, the Head of the Turkmen State said that the Winter Olympic Games would become a real celebration of sports, peace and friendship for millions of people around the world.

After the closing speech of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, the Heads of State adopted a Joint Statement on the results of the online summit.

25 января 2022 года состоялся онлайн-саммит, по случаю 30-летия установления дипломатических отношений между странами Центральной Азии и Китаем, созванный по инициативе Председателя Китайской Народной Республики Си Цзиньпина.

В начале мероприятия был показан видеоролик, освещающий ключевые моменты дружбы и основные достижения сотрудничества Китая с государствами ЦА за прошедшие 30 лет.

Затем выступил Председатель Китайской Народной Республики Си Цзиньпин, который дал высокую оценку стратегическому партнерству Китая со странами данного региона во всех сферах эффективного взаимодействия.

Далее Председатель КНР Си Цзиньпин пригласил глав пяти государств Центральной Азии выступить по отдельности. Были заслушаны выступления Президента Республики Казахстан К.Токаева, Президента Кыргызской Республики С. Жапарова, Президента Республики Таджикистан Э.Рахмона, Президента Туркменистана Г.Бердымухамедова и Президента Республики Узбекистан Ш.Мирзиеева.

В своей речи Глава Туркменистана, подчеркнув многовековую связь стран и народов данного региона с Китаем, отметил, что сам факт проведения сегодняшнего саммита свидетельствует о той значимости, которая придается отношениям между странами Центральной Азии и Китайской Народной Республикой, понимании важности неуклонного укрепления нашей дружбы и сотрудничества.

Великий Шелковый Путь, который проходил через территорию Центральной Азии из Китая, стал фактором развития и прогресса всей мировой цивилизации, где был накоплен огромный и уникальный опыт взаимодействия, добрососедства, обмена знаниями, достижениями в науке и культуре, добавил Лидер нации.

Как было особо констатировано в ходе встречи, сегодня сотрудничество наших стран оказывает заметное конструктивное влияние на обеспечение всеобщего мира и стабильности. В данном контексте, Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов особо отметил, что Туркменистан рассматривает Китайскую Народную Республику и страны Центральной Азии в качестве своих ключевых партнеров и единомышленников в эффективном воплощении новой философии - «Диалог – гарантия мира» в международной практике.

Особо отмечена значимость совокупного потенциала, мощной ресурсной, промышленной, технологической базы стран, которые открывают огромные перспективы сотрудничества в экономике, где одним из его приоритетов является топливно-энергетическая сфера.

Примером подлинно партнерских отношений, основанных на равноправии, осознании многосторонних выгод Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов выдвинул стратегический газопровод Туркменистан-Китай, проходящего по территории Казахстана и Узбекистана.

Также подчеркнуто наличие объективных взаимных интересов сторон в развитии сотрудничества в транспортной сфере. Отмечено, что выдвинутый туркменской стороной проект «Возрождение Великого Шелкового Пути» по своей философии и геоэкономическому смыслу сопрягается с китайской глобальной инициативой «Один пояс – один путь».

Важность укрепления сотрудничества в гуманитарной сфере, образовании, спорте, активизация состояния научных и культурных связей также стала отдельной темой обсуждений в ходе саммита.

Стороны в том числе уделили особое внимание консолидации совместных усилий, направленных на борьбу с распространением пандемии и ее социально-экономическими последствиями. Выдвинута идея по созданию механизма регулярных встреч между представителями научно-медицинских сообществ, эпидемиологических и санитарных служб, других профильных ведомств стран данного формата.

Поздравив руководство КНР и весь китайский народ с предстоящей Олимпиадой, Глава туркменского государства сказал, что Зимние Олимпийские игры, станут настоящим праздником спорта, мира и дружбы для миллионов людей на всей планете.

После заключительного выступления Председателя КНР Си Цзиньпина, Главы государств приняли совместное заявление по итогам онлайн-саммита.

GLOBALink | Creating a shared future in Beijing

Published in CHINA
Wednesday, 26 January 2022 11:24

Global attention is turning to Beijing as the 2022 Winter Olympics is set to kick off on Feb. 4.

For athletes, it will be a dream coming true to compete on the highest level. For audiences, it will be a spectacle on snow and ice.

The passion about this upcoming winter sports extravaganza has been monumental.

Produced by Xinhua Global Service

The Vice Prime Minister of Georgia/Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA), David Zalkaliani spoke over the phone with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, on 24 January 2022.
David Zalkaliani reaffirmed Georgia's unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and expressed his strong support for the country facing the difficult situation. The Georgian Foreign Minister also highlighted that Georgia and Ukraine are dealing with the same challenges caused by the occupation.
The sides exchanged information on the ongoing processes and the developments along the Ukrainian border. They also talked about communication with high level representatives of Ukraine and Georgia, in parallel to the western partners’ ongoing dialogue with Russia.
In this light, the sides positively assessed the international partners’ support and their unequivocal position that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and Ukraine, as well as the sovereign right of the two countries to choose for themselves their own future and decide whether they will pursue or not European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations are the red lines, which will not be crossed in the negotiation process, and that there will be no decision about Georgia and Ukraine without Georgia and Ukraine.
During the telephone conversation, the sides highlighted the international platforms and close bilateral communication between Georgia and Ukraine. The ministers agreed to continue high-level contacts by exchanging information and sharing their positions on the ongoing processes.

MFA Georgia

Tiny Kox elected PACE President

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 25 January 2022 12:06

Strasbourg, 24.01.2022 - Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL) has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Taking over from Rik Daems (Belgium, ALDE), he is PACE’s 34th President since 1949 and the third Dutch to hold this office.

He obtained an absolute majority in the first round of voting with 164 votes to 80 for the other candidate, Mariia Mezentseva (Ukraine, EPP/CD). Under the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure, the President serves for a one-year term of office, which may be renewed once.

In his opening speech the newly-elected President urged the Assembly to realise the agenda it set out last year in its resolution on the strategic priorities for the Council of Europe. “This organisation must remain the pillar of democratic security, the guarantor of human rights and rule of law, as well as a platform for effective multilateralism in Europe, and to preserve and reaffirm our own identity as an independent forum for comprehensive and inclusive political dialogue and co-operation,” he said.

“Human rights, with the implementation of the Convention in all member States, must remain our top priority. To achieve this, in-depth dialogue in and with all member States and member parliaments is absolutely needed. Because only then we can uphold the authority of the European Court of Human Rights. Accession of the European Union to the Convention has also been declared by our Assembly as a strategic priority, as well as stronger emphasis on the protection of social and economic rights, and the signature and ratification of the European Social Charter. Among other priorities he stressed the importance of ratification and effective implementation of the Istanbul Convention, support for including the right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment in the legal framework of fundamental rights, the need for democratic governance of artificial intelligence, and fighting corruption, money laundering, terrorism and violent extremism, “which all destabilise our societies”.

He recalled that “to realise our agenda, we need synergy between our activities and those of the Committee of Ministers, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and our Human Rights Commissioner. Alone we tend to be rather weak, whereas together we could show the strength one might expect from Europe’s oldest and broadest treaty-based organisation, which involves citizens from Reykjavik to Vladivostok, and from the North Pole to the Mediterranean Sea. It is a unique and most precious format.”

“It is our common obligation to help to achieve greater unity between our member states for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are our common heritage and facilitating our economic and social progress,” he stressed.

“We live in risky times. Tensions are on the rise and respect for the rule of law, human rights and democratic values is waning. Instead of greater unity, created since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we see the real and present danger of new dividing lines in Europe, at the cost of the security of our citizens. Especially now, Europe is in dire need of a meeting point, an Agora for effective governmental and inter-parliamentary diplomacy.

I am convinced that our Parliamentary Assembly should and could be today’s Agora of Europe, to discuss the fundamental affairs of Europe and its 47 member States, aimed at the benefit of our 830 million citizens. Let’s make sure that we don’t disappoint them,” Tiny Kox concluded.

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