The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held a briefing dedicated to the 32nd Anniversary of Turkmenistan's IndependenceMonday, 25 September 2023 17:57
On 25 September 2023, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held a briefing for the representatives of Georgian media on the 32nd Anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence as well as the participation of Esteemed President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov in the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly.
The briefing was attended by journalists of “TV-24”, the Georgian First Channel “1TV”, the private consulting and publishing company “Georgian Business Consulting Group”, news agency “News Day Georgia”, online media “Geoecohub”, newspapers “Resonance”, “Multinational Georgia”, “Free Georgia”, “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
In his speech, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan in Georgia D. Seyitmammedov noted that during the years of independence, huge successes have been achieved in political, economic, cultural and social spheres. The great transformations initiated by Hero Arkadag successfully continuous under the leadership of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
It was also noted that, being committed to the policy of peacefulness, positive neutrality and international cooperation, Turkmenistan is steadfastly pursuing its chosen course, developing constructive dialogue both at the international level and in the format of international organizations.
The diplomat also briefed the participants on the main initiatives voiced in the keynote speech of the Esteemed President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov from the rostrum of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly.
It was noted that the political statement of the President of Turkmenistan assessed the current state of affairs in the world and put forward very serious proposals aimed at resolving a number of topical issues on the global agenda today.
Special emphasis was placed on the dynamic development of Turkmen-Georgian relations, which are based on regular political dialogue, strengthening of economic ties, as well as close interaction in many areas of cultural and humanitarian cooperation.
The briefing participants were shown a video demonstrating the achievements of the country as well as familiarizing them with the history and culture of Turkmens.
As part of the briefing, the Embassy hosted an exhibition of books by the National Leader of the Turkmen people Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, as well as works of culture and art of the Turkmen people.
On September 19, 2023, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov took part in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The agenda of the current session included a wide range of issues related to such important areas as promoting sustainable economic growth and sustainable development, maintaining peace and security on the planet, countering global challenges and threats of our time, ecology and environmental protection, human rights, etc.
The head of Turkmenistan voiced the priority positions of our country on pressing issues of regional and global scale, as well as new creative initiatives aimed at further expanding effective international cooperation that meets the interests of general well-being and progress.
As President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted, it is a sense of the highest responsibility that today should unite all 193 member countries of the Organization, each of which, regardless of geographical location, population size, volume of the economy, socio-political model, is called upon and capable of making an important contribution to solving problems facing the Community of Nations.
For many years, Turkmenistan has firmly and persistently defended the principle of indivisibility of security, its integrity, the inseparability of its various aspects from each other, the head of state continued, expressing the conviction that military and political security cannot be considered in isolation from economic, environmental, tecnogenic, energy, transport, food, biological, information security. None of the listed areas can be secondary or irrelevant, and their solution can be postponed to a later date.
The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that the main task of the UN is to ensure an integral approach to the problem of security, to mobilize the experience, competencies, ideas and initiatives available to member states in a creative way, to move away from short-term benefits and advantages in the name of achieving truly fateful goals, which will ensure lasting peace, security and development for the long term.
Speaking about the role of the UN in the modern world, Head of State Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized that, like all the past decades since its founding, the UN today is the only universal and legitimate organization responsible for maintaining peace and ensuring universal and comprehensive security and sustainability of modern architecture of international relations.
In this regard, the importance of consistent and persistent use of the Organization’s potential, its political and diplomatic tools, and moral authority for a balanced, non-ideologized assessment of current events and trends, overcoming distrust and confrontational tension in world politics and identifying prospects for compromise and mutual consideration of interests was stated.
In this context, a number of initiatives of Turkmenistan were announced. In particular, it was proposed to begin discussing the possibilities of developing a Global Security Strategy based on the principles of the UN Charter and generally accepted norms of international law, taking into account current realities and trends in world development.
It was emphasized that such a Strategy should reflect the presence, along with traditional ones, of new risk factors that have emerged recently. Our country, as noted, considers it necessary to include a number of areas of UN activity, in particular: preventive diplomacy as a tool for preventing and neutralizing conflicts; using the potential of neutrality for the peaceful, political and diplomatic settlement of disputes and contradictions; restoration of a culture of trusting dialogue based on the Resolutions of the UN General Assembly on the declaration of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust and 2023 as the “International Year of Dialogue as a Guarantee of Peace,” the relevance of which has been confirmed by time.
Expressing his conviction that the time has come to launch an inclusive, full-format and systemic dialogue between Central Asia and the UN, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan respectfully invites partners to its start. In this regard, an initiative was voiced to create, under the auspices of the UN, the format of the Conference on Security in Central Asia and adjacent zones, the purpose of which is to develop approaches and solutions aimed at bringing closer and synchronizing the efforts of the Central Asian countries and the world community, international organizations, financial and economic institutions in ensuring sustainable, conflict-free development of this region. At the same time, readiness was expressed to hold the first Meeting in Ashgabat in 2024.
The head of state emphasized that among the key areas of UN activity in the coming years, Turkmenistan is considering solving pressing climate and environmental problems. Among them, issues related to global methane obligations were highlighted.
As noted, with accession to the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, a number of relevant national programs were adopted in our country. National measures are being carried out at a priority pace in order to reduce and eradicate the negative consequences of methane emissions into the atmosphere. We are talking, first of all, about a phased transition to the introduction and use of modern environmentally friendly and resource-saving technologies, especially in the fields of energy, industry and transport.
At the same time, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized, we welcome the efforts of the world community to implement the Global Methane Commitment.
It was noted that the Turkmen side is counting on substantive cooperation and targeted assistance from specialized UN structures, member countries of the Organization, and other interested partners.
The head of state noted that the time has come here at the UN to pay closer and more effective attention to environmental problems in Central Asia, to overcome a certain inertia in their consideration and to begin targeted and specific measures to form a comprehensive UN environmental strategy for the region with almost 80 -a population of millions, occupying vast areas, possessing unique natural resources and biodiversity and at the same time being in a zone of serious environmental risks.
As an important step in adopting a strategic approach to the environmental problems of Central Asia, a proposal was put forward to establish a specialized structure - the Regional Center for Technologies Related to Climate Change in Central Asia, which would work substantively and systematically on climate issues. In this regard, a readiness was also expressed to provide organizational and technical conditions for the functioning of such a Center in the capital of Turkmenistan - Ashgabat.
Central Asia is also a region directly adjacent to the Caspian Sea.
As a result of many years of cooperation, the coastal countries have developed common key principles of policy in the Caspian Sea, including the adoption of the main document - the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea. Last summer, at the Sixth Caspian Summit in Turkmenistan, all participants firmly confirmed their readiness for close cooperation on environmental issues, the head of state stated, noting that this opens up good opportunities for the beginning of broad and systemic interaction between coastal states and the UN.
In this context, a proposal was made to create the “Caspian Environmental Initiative”, designed to become an international platform for substantive and professional partnership on a wide range of issues related to environmental protection of the Caspian Sea, the conservation of its biological resources, and the solution of a number of pressing environmental problems.
Among the main priorities, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the field of transport was highlighted. President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan has initiated the creation of effective international platforms for dialogue in this important area, recalling the First UN Global Conference on Sustainable Transport successfully held in Ashgabat in 2016, as well as the International Meeting of Ministers of Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries, organized in cooperation with the UN in our country last summer.
The head of state emphasized that the purposeful work of Turkmenistan was marked by the adoption by the General Assembly of six resolutions in the field of transport initiated by the Turkmen side in recent years alone. Among them is the Resolution “World Sustainable Transport Day” adopted in May this year.
In this regard, based on the provisions of the Resolution, Turkmenistan proposes to convene a high-level meeting on the occasion of World Sustainable Transport Day within the framework of the current session, the head of state said, expressing hope for the assistance of the relevant UN structures in organizing this event in New York.
The most important direction of Turkmenistan’s activities in implementing the SDGs is maximum assistance to the UN in solving the food problem. The COVID-19 pandemic, along with other unfavorable factors, has exposed the vulnerability of precisely those states where this problem has not been solved, where the population does not receive adequate nutrition.
As President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted, unity, integrity and determination are necessary when considering issues related to access of states and regions to food resources, guarantees of adequate nutrition as an inalienable right of any person, a key factor in health and normal physical development, especially of children.
It is obvious that breakthrough solutions are needed here, new approaches that overcome political, ideological, and market barriers.
The head of state emphasized that Turkmenistan is taking the initiative to convene a major international forum on food security under the auspices of the UN in cooperation with the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, the UN Children's Fund and confirmed its readiness to provide conditions for its holding in Ashgabat at the agreed time.
Next year, Turkmenistan and far beyond its borders, including at the UN, will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding son of the Turkmen people - poet, thinker, philosopher and public figure Makhtumkuli Fragi.
All cultural humanity pays tribute to the memory and respect of the great humanist, who made a great original contribution not only to world literature, but also to the development of the civilization of the East, and the whole world, said President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
In conclusion, the head of Turkmenistan wished that loyalty to creative plans, ideals of peace, justice, and progress serve as the main and clear guideline in joint work.
The working visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the United States of America continues.
PRESS RELEASE ON THE ROUND TABLE "NEW FORMATS OF COOPERATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT"
Today, on April 14, 2023, a round table was held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the topic “New formats of cooperation in the international information environment”.
The event was attended by representatives of international and national media, private media, relevant ministries and state agencies of Turkmenistan, press attaches of diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan, experts and specialists in the field of information and communication policy, as well as teachers and students of the Faculty of International Journalism of the Institute of International Relations.
In frames of an extensive agenda, various aspects and directions of international information activities were discussed.
Opening the round table, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Myahri Byashimova noted the important role played by the outlet in the modern media space. In this context, she stressed that the current format of interaction is a platform for discussing the importance of the mass-media in establishing links in the international information field, aimed to bridge positions.
It was stated that the Government of Turkmenistan sets priority tasks for the domestic media sphere. Today, there is a need for more active promotion in the global digital space of up-to-date and reliable information about Turkmenistan, news reports on the transformations and achievements taking place in the country, studying the best world experience, the emergence of new formats and standards of broadcasting, print, and electronic press. Along with this, the expediency of further improvement and activation of the activities of private media in Turkmenistan was noted.
Particular attention was drawn to the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov regarding regional cooperation in the media space, announced at the 4th Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia.
In particular, was told about the illegal use of information technology, the implantation from the outside of ideas and attitudes that run counter to the historical traditions of the peoples of Central Asia, the basic values and centuries-old foundations of their life.
In this regard, a proposal of the head of the state to make joint efforts so that Central Asia remains a zone of stability and trust, not subject to risks for peace and development, was commented
In this context, the idea of holding a Central Asian media forum dedicated to security issues with the participation of state news agencies, print media, and electronic media has been put forward.
The head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, Ambassador John MacGregor, during his speech noted that media development issues are high on the agenda of the Organization. At the same time, this "round table" is a vivid example of constructive cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the OSCE Center in Ashgabat in the field of media development. The initiative to hold the current forum in Ashgabat testifies to the growing role of Turkmenistan in promoting commitments within the OSCE and, thus, shows the desire to take an active position in the international media space.
The work of the “round table” continued in the framework of two sessions devoted to the issues of information sustainability in the 21st century and information policy in the context of the widespread development of social networks. During the sessions, with the active participation of OSCE international experts Marek Bekerman and Yakub Parusinski, an exchange of views took place on such topical issues of our time as the role of the state in creating a sustainable information space, aspects of media literacy in society, the development of information awareness among youth, issues of tackling misinformation and fake news, as well as the importance of education and continuous professional development of journalists in countering the above-mentioned challenges and problems in the media field.
Participants noted the important role of social networks and PR technologies in the modern digital information space, as well as issues of interaction between the state and media communities. In this context, aspects of the effective use of social networks as an important tool for communication and cultural exchange were discussed.
At the end of the sessions, interactive communication was held in the "question-answer" format, during which a thorough and constructive exchange of views took place on issues and topics on the agenda of the forum. Great interest was shown in the educational process and creative work of the future generation of journalists studying at the Institute of International Relations.
The participants of the "round table" noted the role and constructive activities of Turkmenistan in matters of close cooperation with all stakeholders in the region and beyond in the information and communication sphere.
The parties also viewed the exhibition of specialized foreign policy publications, deployed on the sidelines of the "round table".
As part of an official visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov visited the Bahrain Economic Development Council.
The President got acquainted with the videos describing the work of the Council and its key tasks.
Then, the Respected President got acquainted with the investment projects being implemented in the country on the area indicated on the map of Bahrain, as well as the existing opportunities for cooperation.
Expressing gratitude to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, as well as the leadership of the Council for a meaningful presentation, the head of state noted that Turkmenistan is always open for constructive relations with Bahrain and its business circles.
Further, the Respected President went to the Palace of the King of Bahrain where negotiations took place in a one-on-one format.
During the talks, priority issues of Turkmen-Bahraini cooperation were discussed. In continuation of the meeting, the parties exchanged views on a number of topical issues on the international and regional agenda of mutual interest.
Then, the ceremony of presenting gifts to each other by the heads of state of the two friendly countries took place here.
Then the ceremony of signing bilateral documents took place with the participation of the Respected President and the King of Bahrain. A joint communiqué was also adopted following the visit of the Respected President to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
On January 27, 2023, a telephone conversation was held between the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
The heads of state exchanged congratulations on the occasion of 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Tajikistan.
The Presidents noted with satisfaction the active political cooperation between the two countries, which is being successfully strengthened both at the bilateral and multilateral levels, primarily within the framework of authoritative international and regional structures.
Along with this, the sides positively assessed the progressive development of trade and economic cooperation, in connection with which the importance of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Tajik Commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation was noted.
The role of a fruitful dialogue in the cultural, scientific and educational spheres in the rapprochement of the peoples of the two countries was also highlighted.
An exchange of views took place on the most pressing topics of regional policy and the international agenda.
Priority attention is paid to maintaining interstate dialogue and trusting relations at the highest and high levels.
During the conversation, the head of Turkmenistan thanked the head of the friendly state for his great personal contribution to the development of bilateral relations. The President of Tajikistan, in turn, conveyed warm words of greeting and best wishes to the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan, the National Leader of the Turkmen people Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
On November 30, 2022, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Mehrabian.
Expressing sincere gratitude for the time spent, the guest conveyed warm greetings from the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi to the head of state, who addressed the wishes of well-being and prosperity to all the Turkmen people.
Welcoming the guest and noting that one of the key vectors of the foreign policy of Turkmenistan is the development of multifaceted cooperation with neighboring countries, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov conveyed his best wishes to the President and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, stating with satisfaction the traditionally friendly, fraternal nature of the interstate dialogue.
During the meeting, the prospects for enhancing bilateral cooperation were discussed, where mutual visits of government delegations are a significant factor. As President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted, Iran is a major trade and economic partner of Turkmenistan, occupying one of the leading positions in its foreign trade turnover. In this context, confidence was expressed that the meetings and negotiations scheduled during the current visit of the Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Ashgabat will contribute to the further development of effective interaction that meets common interests.
In this regard, the need was noted for developing more effective partnership mechanisms in order to optimally realize its huge resource and economic potential. Here, an important role is given to the activities of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission, designed to contribute to the intensification of the Turkmen-Iranian cooperation aimed at achieving concrete results.
At the end of the meeting, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Mehrabian expressed confidence that bilateral cooperation, based on strong ties of friendship and good neighborliness, principles of equality, mutual benefit and long-term, will continue to develop successfully for the common good.
MEETING OF THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TATARSTAN OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
On September 26, 2022, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov met with the President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation Rustam Minnikhanov, who arrived in our country to participate in the celebrations on the occasion of the Independence Day of Turkmenistan.
Expressing sincere gratitude for the warm welcome, the guest conveyed warm greetings from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the head of state, stressing that he was very glad to have the opportunity to visit Ashgabat during these holidays.
Having cordially congratulated the head of state and Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the 31st anniversary of the independence of Turkmenistan, the head of the Republic of Tatarstan addressed his best wishes to the fraternal Turkmen people.
Thanking for the congratulations and kind words, the head of Turkmenistan conveyed warm greetings to the President of the Russian Federation. Noting that it is very pleasant that friends from Tatarstan share our joy and take part in events dedicated to the main holiday of our country, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to President Rustam Minnikhanov for the constant attention to strengthening friendly Turkmen-Tatarstan relations, which have now entered a qualitatively new level.
In continuation of the meeting, an interested exchange of views took place on priority issues of bilateral cooperation, covering a wide range of areas and successfully developing within the framework of a constructive interstate dialogue between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation.
As emphasized during the conversation, the long-term cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation is an example of an effective mutually beneficial partnership. Trade and economic ties, which have recently been given a new impetus, occupy an important place on the agenda of diverse bilateral cooperation.
The business circles of Tatarstan express their interest in expanding their presence in the promising Turkmen market, where a favorable investment climate and all conditions for efficient work have been created.
Along with this, it was emphasized that Turkmenistan and the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation are linked by long-standing fruitful contacts in the humanitarian sphere, where a rich experience of interaction in the field of science, education and culture has been accumulated and good traditions have developed, which today receive a worthy continuation.
At the end of the meeting, expressing confidence that the high level of mutual understanding inherent in bilateral relations will continue to serve as a solid basis for the development of mutually beneficial cooperation across its entire spectrum, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation Rustam Minnikhanov wished each other health and success, and fraternal Turkmen and Tatar peoples - well-being and prosperity.
The President of Turkmenistan arrived in Samarkand to participate in the SCO summit as an honored guestThursday, 15 September 2022 13:00
President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov arrived in Samarkand on a working visit to participate in the SCO Summit as an honored guest.
At the Samarkand International Airport, the head of state was met by officials of Uzbekistan and members of the government delegation of Turkmenistan.
In addition to participation in the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, it is expected that the President of Turkmenistan will hold a series of bilateral negotiations on the sidelines of the Summit.
During the SCO Summit, it is planned to discuss the development of trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation in the space of the Organization.
The SCO is an international organization founded in 2001. India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan participate in it. Observer countries - Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia, partner countries - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
On August 29, 2022, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received Alexey Miller, Chairman of the PJSC Gazprom Management Committee.
Expressing sincere gratitude for the time spent and the opportunity to discuss topical issues of cooperation, the guest conveyed warm greetings and best wishes from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the head of state, confirming the interest of the largest energy company of the Russian Federation in cooperation with Turkmenistan.
Thanking for the kind words, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted with satisfaction the constructive, traditionally friendly and dynamic nature of the Turkmen-Russian relations, as evidenced by regular contacts at the highest level. Conveying greetings and best wishes to the President of Russia, the head of Turkmenistan stressed the importance of the bilateral agreements reached, which are designed to give the interstate dialogue a new effective impetus.
During the meeting, the head of Turkmenistan and the chairman of the board of PJSC Gazprom exchanged views on the prospects for further partnership, taking into account the many years of positive experience and solid potential. In this context, issues related to the purchase of Turkmen gas by the Russian holding company under the current contract and the expansion of cooperation in this area on a long-term basis were discussed.
As noted, Turkmenistan is always open to the proposals of its long-term business partners and is ready to support new promising formats of interaction. It was also emphasized that the Russian holding would continue to unswervingly follow its obligations.
At the end of the meeting, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the head of the Russian energy company confirmed the desire of Turkmenistan and PJSC Gazprom to continue mutually beneficial cooperation aimed at concrete results, which will become an effective contribution to the further development of interstate relations of a strategic nature.
On August 17, 2022, a briefing was held at the Berkarar Hotel of the Avaza National Tourist Zone on the results of the International Ministerial Transport Conference of Landlocked Developing Countries and events dedicated to it. The Ashgabat Process: Financing for Better Connectivity Forum was organized by the Government of Turkmenistan under the auspices of the United Nations.
The briefing organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was attended by members of the Government, the Chairwoman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, heads of ministries and departments, as well as representatives of the Mejlis and the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh, public organizations, and the media.
It was emphasized that all meetings of the Conference were broadcast live on the United Nations web television channel in its four official languages - English, French, Spanish and Russian.
At the same time, the importance of new initiatives voiced by President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, who addressed the forum participants with a video message, was especially noted, in which Turkmenistan's readiness to intensify and expand its participation in the global transport dialogue was confirmed.
Expressing confidence that the decisions and proposals adopted at the current forum will form the basis for the preparation of the Third UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries, scheduled for 2024, in his video message, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov said that together with partners and like-minded people, Turkmenistan will resolutely move towards the achievement of the set goals.
The results of the forum were consolidated in the Final Statement, which highlights the importance of strengthening transport connectivity for the sustainable recovery of landlocked countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating the implementation of the Vienna Program of Action and achieving the SDGs.
It was noted that relevant work is currently underway to formalize the Final Statement adopted in Avaza as an official document of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, which will open on September 13 this year.
Thus, it was stated that the International Ministerial Transport Conference of Landlocked Developing Countries held with the support of the President of Turkmenistan in the Avaza National Tourist Zone, has become an effective contribution to strengthening and building up constructive regional and global cooperation in the field of sustainable transport in the name of world peace, prosperity and progress