18 November 2014

PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMIT OF THE HEADS OF STATES OF THE CIS
11 October 2014

PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMIT OF THE HEADS OF STATES OF THE CIS

On October 10, 2014 President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the regular session of the Council of the CIS Heads of States.



In the morning, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived to the Presidential Palace of the Republic of Belarus - the Palace of Independence. The Head of Turkmen state was welcomed by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the main lobby of the Palace.

As a sign of friendly relations and development of fruitful cooperation between the two fraternal nations the Turkmenistan President presented to his Belarusian colleague the picture where the Akhalteke horses on the background of Turkmen nature were depicted. Accepting the present with gratitude, the Head of Belarus addressed to the President of Turkmenistan and personally to the Turkmen nation with his best regards.

Prior to the meeting the joint photographing ceremony of the Heads of States on the background of the official banner of the CIS Summit took place at the official celebrations Hall of Independence Palace. Then, the session of the Council of the CIS Heads of States in a restricted format took place at the Small hall.

During the exchange of views, the participants of the meeting reviewed the results of the activities of the CIS, implementation of the main arrangements on realization of further development Concept of the CIS as well as they discussed the issues of international and regional policy.

President of Turkmenistan in his speech expressed gratitude to the President of Belarus for hospitality and high organization of the meeting of the Council of the CIS Heads of States. Reminding that Turkmenistan is an associate member of the CIS, President stressed that in spite of this, since the previous meeting period, the cooperation within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States was carried out consistently and in accordance with the previously reached agreements and statutory functions.

Upon completion of the meeting in restricted format, the meeting continued at the Great Hall of Independence Palace in the extended format. The participants of the meeting considered and discussed a number of the key issues of the CIS, priority aspects and perspectives of constructive partnership, as well as the participants also paid particular attention to the deepening of the economic integration process on Commonwealth space, further development of international cooperation in humanitarian, security and other spheres.

Upon completion of the session the signing of final documents took place. President of Turkmenistan put his signature under the Appeal of the Heads of States of the CIS States to the nations of the members of Commonwealth of Independent States and international community in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet nation in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, document "On implementation in 2015 the intergovernmental program "Cultural capitals of the CIS in the Russian Federation and in the Republic of Tajikistan, in particular Voronezh and Kulyab cities" and "On declaring the 2016 the Year of Education in the Commonwealth of Independent States" and "Chairmanship of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2015."

Upon completion of the Council of the Heads of CIS member-countries, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left the Palace of Independence of to the Minsk National Airport "Minsk-2", where the airliner of Turkmen leader headed to the Turkmen capital.
PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMIT OF THE HEADS OF STATES OF THE CIS
THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS
09 October 2014

THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

The official visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov upon invitation of President Alexander Lukashenko to the Republic of Belarus started on October 8, 2014.

Both countries attach great significance to the current official visit of President of Turkmenistan to Belarus which was emphasized by the fact within the framework of the preparation to the high-level negotiations, the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Belarus commission on economic cooperation started its work in Minsk on October 7. The issues of further bilateral cooperation in trade-economic cooperation and humanitarian sphere were included into the agenda of the session.

During the high-level meeting between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko it is expected exchange of views on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations.

During the negotiations in extended format there will be discussed the issues of further cooperation between the two countries in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres. Following the results of negotiations the sides are expected to sign the package of bilateral documents.

Upon completion of the official visit to the Republic of Belarus, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will also participate in the upcoming summit of the Council of Heads of CIS countries.
THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS
TURKMEN-BELARUSIAN HIGH LEVEL NEGOTIATIONS IN MINSK
09 October 2014

TURKMEN-BELARUSIAN HIGH LEVEL NEGOTIATIONS IN MINSK

On October 8, 2014 in the afternoon President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived to Minsk city on an official visit.

After some time, the Head of Turkmen state left for the Palace of Independence, where he was warmly welcomed by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. After the official welcoming ceremony the President of the Republic of Belarus invited the President of Turkmenistan to the hall of official events of the Palace, where the official photography ceremony of the Heads of Turkmenistan and Belarus at the background of the national flags of the two countries took place. The meeting between the two leaders in “face-to-face” format took place in Fireplace Hall of the Palace of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

Further the negotiations in the expanded format continued in the Great Hall of Independence Palace where governmental delegations of the two countries took part. Upon completion of the negotiations in extended format the ceremony of signing of bilateral documents took place in the Hall of Awards of the Palace.

Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Alexander Lukashenko put their signatures under the Joint Statement of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and signed the Agreement between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Belarus on trade-economic cooperation in the sphere of supplies of Belarusian agricultural, automobile, road construction, municipal and passenger vehicles.

Then the following documents were signed: the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on cooperation in the field of emergency situations and liquidation of its consequences; Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on basic principles of cooperation in the sphere of transport; Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on culture and art for 2015-2016; Agreement on scientific cooperation between the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the State Scientific Institution "Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"; Agreement on cooperation between the Institute for the Study of Trade Turnover of National Products of Turkmenistan and the National centre of marketing and price conjecture of the Republic of Belarus; Agreement on Friendship relations and Cooperation between Ashgabat and Minsk; Agreement on cooperation between municipality of Lebap province of Turkmenistan and the Minsk Region Executive Committee of the Republic of Belarus; Agreement on cooperation between the Turkmen State Institute of Architecture and Construction and the Belarusian National Technical University; Cooperation Agreement between the International Oil and Gas University and Belarusian State Technological University; Cooperation Agreement between the Turkmen State Institute of Transport and Communications and the Belarusian State Technological University; Cooperation Agreement between the Turkmen State Institute of Transport and Communications and the Belarusian State University of Transport; Cooperation Agreement between the Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management and the Belarus State Economic University.

Upon completion of the signing ceremony, the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Belarus addressed with their statements to members of mass-media.

After addressing the press at the Independence Palace, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko gave an official dinner in honour of the distinguished Turkmen guest where the leaders of two countries exchanged speeches.

Official visit of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Belarus is going on.
TURKMEN-BELARUSIAN HIGH LEVEL NEGOTIATIONS IN MINSK
THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TURKMEN-AZERBAIJAN COMMISSION FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN BAKU
08 October 2014

THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TURKMEN-AZERBAIJAN COMMISSION FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN BAKU

On October 2, 2014, a delegation of Turkmenistan headed by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, co-chairman of the intergovernmental Turkmen-Azerbaijan commission from the Turkmen side S.Toylyev visited the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 

In the first half of the day the Turkmen delegation was received by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. During the meeting, the head of the Azerbaijan state was conveyed greetings of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Further, a detailed exchange of views on the development of the traditionally friendly relations between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan was conducted. The sides stressed the importance of the summit of Caspian states held few days ago in Astrakhan in terms of regional cooperation. The role of the joint intergovernmental commission in the development of bilateral ties was also emphasized.

 

In the afternoon, the fourth meeting of the intergovernmental Turkmen-Azerbaijan commission for trade and economic cooperation was held in the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan. The agenda of the forum included a wide range of issues affecting various areas of bilateral cooperation. Among the major ones were identified trade-economic and fuel and energy sector, transport, science, education, tourism and other areas. The sides discussed the implementation of agreements reached at the third meeting of the commission, held in October 2012 in Ashgabat. At the end of the meeting, the final Minutes of the commission were signed.

 

Turkmen delegation visited the Alley of Honors to pay tribute to national leader Heydar Aliyev. The delegation also laid a wreath at the memorial "Eternal Flame".

THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TURKMEN-AZERBAIJAN COMMISSION FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN BAKU

18 November 2014
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PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMIT OF THE HEADS OF STATES OF THE CIS

PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMIT OF THE HEADS OF STATES OF THE CIS

11 October 2014
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On October 10, 2014 President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the regular session of the Council of the CIS Heads of States.



In the morning, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived to the Presidential Palace of the Republic of Belarus - the Palace of Independence. The Head of Turkmen state was welcomed by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the main lobby of the Palace.

As a sign of friendly relations and development of fruitful cooperation between the two fraternal nations the Turkmenistan President presented to his Belarusian colleague the picture where the Akhalteke horses on the background of Turkmen nature were depicted. Accepting the present with gratitude, the Head of Belarus addressed to the President of Turkmenistan and personally to the Turkmen nation with his best regards.

Prior to the meeting the joint photographing ceremony of the Heads of States on the background of the official banner of the CIS Summit took place at the official celebrations Hall of Independence Palace. Then, the session of the Council of the CIS Heads of States in a restricted format took place at the Small hall.

During the exchange of views, the participants of the meeting reviewed the results of the activities of the CIS, implementation of the main arrangements on realization of further development Concept of the CIS as well as they discussed the issues of international and regional policy.

President of Turkmenistan in his speech expressed gratitude to the President of Belarus for hospitality and high organization of the meeting of the Council of the CIS Heads of States. Reminding that Turkmenistan is an associate member of the CIS, President stressed that in spite of this, since the previous meeting period, the cooperation within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States was carried out consistently and in accordance with the previously reached agreements and statutory functions.

Upon completion of the meeting in restricted format, the meeting continued at the Great Hall of Independence Palace in the extended format. The participants of the meeting considered and discussed a number of the key issues of the CIS, priority aspects and perspectives of constructive partnership, as well as the participants also paid particular attention to the deepening of the economic integration process on Commonwealth space, further development of international cooperation in humanitarian, security and other spheres.

Upon completion of the session the signing of final documents took place. President of Turkmenistan put his signature under the Appeal of the Heads of States of the CIS States to the nations of the members of Commonwealth of Independent States and international community in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet nation in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, document "On implementation in 2015 the intergovernmental program "Cultural capitals of the CIS in the Russian Federation and in the Republic of Tajikistan, in particular Voronezh and Kulyab cities" and "On declaring the 2016 the Year of Education in the Commonwealth of Independent States" and "Chairmanship of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2015."

Upon completion of the Council of the Heads of CIS member-countries, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left the Palace of Independence of to the Minsk National Airport "Minsk-2", where the airliner of Turkmen leader headed to the Turkmen capital.
THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

THE PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

09 October 2014
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The official visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov upon invitation of President Alexander Lukashenko to the Republic of Belarus started on October 8, 2014.

Both countries attach great significance to the current official visit of President of Turkmenistan to Belarus which was emphasized by the fact within the framework of the preparation to the high-level negotiations, the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Belarus commission on economic cooperation started its work in Minsk on October 7. The issues of further bilateral cooperation in trade-economic cooperation and humanitarian sphere were included into the agenda of the session.

During the high-level meeting between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko it is expected exchange of views on a wide range of issues of bilateral relations.

During the negotiations in extended format there will be discussed the issues of further cooperation between the two countries in political, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres. Following the results of negotiations the sides are expected to sign the package of bilateral documents.

Upon completion of the official visit to the Republic of Belarus, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will also participate in the upcoming summit of the Council of Heads of CIS countries.
TURKMEN-BELARUSIAN HIGH LEVEL NEGOTIATIONS IN MINSK

TURKMEN-BELARUSIAN HIGH LEVEL NEGOTIATIONS IN MINSK

09 October 2014
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On October 8, 2014 in the afternoon President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived to Minsk city on an official visit.

After some time, the Head of Turkmen state left for the Palace of Independence, where he was warmly welcomed by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. After the official welcoming ceremony the President of the Republic of Belarus invited the President of Turkmenistan to the hall of official events of the Palace, where the official photography ceremony of the Heads of Turkmenistan and Belarus at the background of the national flags of the two countries took place. The meeting between the two leaders in “face-to-face” format took place in Fireplace Hall of the Palace of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

Further the negotiations in the expanded format continued in the Great Hall of Independence Palace where governmental delegations of the two countries took part. Upon completion of the negotiations in extended format the ceremony of signing of bilateral documents took place in the Hall of Awards of the Palace.

Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Alexander Lukashenko put their signatures under the Joint Statement of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and signed the Agreement between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Belarus on trade-economic cooperation in the sphere of supplies of Belarusian agricultural, automobile, road construction, municipal and passenger vehicles.

Then the following documents were signed: the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on cooperation in the field of emergency situations and liquidation of its consequences; Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on basic principles of cooperation in the sphere of transport; Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on culture and art for 2015-2016; Agreement on scientific cooperation between the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the State Scientific Institution "Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"; Agreement on cooperation between the Institute for the Study of Trade Turnover of National Products of Turkmenistan and the National centre of marketing and price conjecture of the Republic of Belarus; Agreement on Friendship relations and Cooperation between Ashgabat and Minsk; Agreement on cooperation between municipality of Lebap province of Turkmenistan and the Minsk Region Executive Committee of the Republic of Belarus; Agreement on cooperation between the Turkmen State Institute of Architecture and Construction and the Belarusian National Technical University; Cooperation Agreement between the International Oil and Gas University and Belarusian State Technological University; Cooperation Agreement between the Turkmen State Institute of Transport and Communications and the Belarusian State Technological University; Cooperation Agreement between the Turkmen State Institute of Transport and Communications and the Belarusian State University of Transport; Cooperation Agreement between the Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management and the Belarus State Economic University.

Upon completion of the signing ceremony, the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Belarus addressed with their statements to members of mass-media.

After addressing the press at the Independence Palace, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko gave an official dinner in honour of the distinguished Turkmen guest where the leaders of two countries exchanged speeches.

Official visit of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Belarus is going on.
THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TURKMEN-AZERBAIJAN COMMISSION FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN BAKU

THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TURKMEN-AZERBAIJAN COMMISSION FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN BAKU

08 October 2014
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On October 2, 2014, a delegation of Turkmenistan headed by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, co-chairman of the intergovernmental Turkmen-Azerbaijan commission from the Turkmen side S.Toylyev visited the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 

In the first half of the day the Turkmen delegation was received by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. During the meeting, the head of the Azerbaijan state was conveyed greetings of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Further, a detailed exchange of views on the development of the traditionally friendly relations between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan was conducted. The sides stressed the importance of the summit of Caspian states held few days ago in Astrakhan in terms of regional cooperation. The role of the joint intergovernmental commission in the development of bilateral ties was also emphasized.

 

In the afternoon, the fourth meeting of the intergovernmental Turkmen-Azerbaijan commission for trade and economic cooperation was held in the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan. The agenda of the forum included a wide range of issues affecting various areas of bilateral cooperation. Among the major ones were identified trade-economic and fuel and energy sector, transport, science, education, tourism and other areas. The sides discussed the implementation of agreements reached at the third meeting of the commission, held in October 2012 in Ashgabat. At the end of the meeting, the final Minutes of the commission were signed.

 

Turkmen delegation visited the Alley of Honors to pay tribute to national leader Heydar Aliyev. The delegation also laid a wreath at the memorial "Eternal Flame".

The President of Georgia met with the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Turkmenistan

The President of Georgia met with the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Turkmenistan

25 September 2014
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The President of Georgia met with the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Turkmenistan. Muratov dovletmurat presented his credentials to the first person.

GD welcomed the decision of the President of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan to open Embassy in Georgia.

Georgi Muratov dovletmurat candidacy and the friendly relations between Georgia and Turkmenistan discussed and attention is drawn to the prospect of deepening cooperation between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed a planned official visit of the President of the Republic of Turkmenistan, which is before the end of the year.

 

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE

25 September 2014
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On September 5, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan there was the meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia Mr. Daniel Rosenblum, who arrived to the Turkmen capital for participation in the International Conference on the role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring the international cooperation, stability and sustainable development.

 

During the meeting the issues of present conditions and perspectives for further development of cooperation between the two states have been discussed including exchange of views on stirring up the bilateral cooperation. In this context the sides discussed the issues of organization of the next meeting in the framework of the Turkmen-American political consultations and carrying out the regular session of the Turkmen-American Business Council.

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN

25 September 2014
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On September 9, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs there was a meeting on the priority positions of Turkmenistan at the 69 session of the UN General Assembly, which was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, the Turkmen Foreign Service employees.         

 

The meeting stressed the need to intensify the implementation of the international initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan on global and regional issues.

 

During their speeches, speakers voiced the following priority directions of Turkmenistan's position on the 69 session of the UN General Assembly, which include areas such as the preservation and strengthening of world peace and security, cooperation in the energy and transport sectors, humanitarian and human rights and environmental issues and environmental protection.

 

As was noted at the meeting, speaking with major international initiatives, Turkmenistan drew attention of the world community architecture in the new geo-economic space, corresponding to the modern trends of global development. It was stressed that while implementing the priority issues Turkmenistan intends to continue to use a broad politico-diplomatic and economic cooperation with all countries and UN agencies in order to strengthen and develop a comprehensive international dialogue for the sake of a peaceful and stable development of peoples and states.

Foreign Minister of Georgia met with the Ambassador of Turkmenistan

Foreign Minister of Georgia met with the Ambassador of Turkmenistan

24 September 2014
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The newly appointed ambassador presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs dovletmurat Muratov. 

The relations between Georgia and Turkmenistan to discuss current issues and enhancing cooperation.
It was also a high level of partnership between the two countries. 
Foreign Minister highly appreciated the fact that the President of Turkmenistan's decision to open an embassy in Turkmenistan, Georgia.

 

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE

24 September 2014
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On September 5, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan there was the meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia Mr. Daniel Rosenblum, who arrived to the Turkmen capital for participation in the International Conference on the role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring the international cooperation, stability and sustainable development.

 

During the meeting the issues of present conditions and perspectives for further development of cooperation between the two states have been discussed including exchange of views on stirring up the bilateral cooperation. In this context the sides discussed the issues of organization of the next meeting in the framework of the Turkmen-American political consultations and carrying out the regular session of the Turkmen-American Business Council.

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN

MEETING AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN

25 September 2014
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On September 9, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs there was a meeting on the priority positions of Turkmenistan at the 69 session of the UN General Assembly, which was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, the Turkmen Foreign Service employees.         

 

The meeting stressed the need to intensify the implementation of the international initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan on global and regional issues.

 

During their speeches, speakers voiced the following priority directions of Turkmenistan's position on the 69 session of the UN General Assembly, which include areas such as the preservation and strengthening of world peace and security, cooperation in the energy and transport sectors, humanitarian and human rights and environmental issues and environmental protection.

 

As was noted at the meeting, speaking with major international initiatives, Turkmenistan drew attention of the world community architecture in the new geo-economic space, corresponding to the modern trends of global development. It was stressed that while implementing the priority issues Turkmenistan intends to continue to use a broad politico-diplomatic and economic cooperation with all countries and UN agencies in order to strengthen and develop a comprehensive international dialogue for the sake of a peaceful and stable development of peoples and states.

ASHGABAT DECLARATION ON THE ROLE OF TRANSPORT AND TRANSIT CORRIDORS IN ENSURING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, STABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

ASHGABAT DECLARATION ON THE ROLE OF TRANSPORT AND TRANSIT CORRIDORS IN ENSURING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, STABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

03 September 2014
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We, the Ministers and deputy ministers of foreign affairs, transport, and other related ministries and high level government officials of the member countries and heads and representatives of international organizations working in the area of international transport attending the International High-level Conference on the role of Transit Transport Corridors in ensuring International Cooperation and Sustainable Development, held in Ashgabat on 3-4 September 2014,

 

Recalling the outcome document, entitled “The future we want”, of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012, in which the Conference noted that transport and mobility are central to sustainable development,

 

Recognizing the important role of environmentally sound, safe, efficient, clean, reliable and affordable transit transport corridors for efficient movement of goods and people in supporting sustainable economic growth, improving social welfare of people and enhancing international cooperation and trade among countries,

 

Highlighting the role of international roads and railways, intermodal logistics centres and dry ports, global logistics and supply chains, integration of transport modes, regulatory frameworks, facilitated border-crossing and customs clearance, appropriate technologies, energy-efficient and low-carbon transport, maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure in promoting seamless international transit transport,

 

Emphasizing the need to harmonize and improve transport and border crossing infrastructure and facilities and services along the international transit transport corridors,

 

Noting the importance of the United Nation Development Account (UNDA) global project (UNECE, UNESCAP, UNECA, UNESCWA, UNECLAC) "Strengthening the capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate legitimate border crossing, regional cooperation and integration", whose primary objective is to enhance Customs-to-Customs exchange of electronic information in the field of transit,

 

Noting the importance of United Nations Development Account (UNDA) project to be implemented by UNESCAP and UNECE “Strengthening connectivity of countries in South and Central Asia, particularly Landlocked and Least Developed Countries, to link with, subregional and regional transport and trade networks,” which will focus on developing broader transport corridors linking South and Central Asian countries and identifying the physical and institutional infrastructure requirements that would be needed to make them operational,

 

Underlining the importance of addressing physical and non-physical barriers to developing and using the international transit transport corridors in respective participating countries,

 

Recalling various General Assembly resolutions on improving global road safety and the need to develop plans to improve road safety along international road transit corridors in line with the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020,

 

Stressing that the special development needs of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and transition economies need to be taken into account while developing sustainable transit transport systems,

 

Underscoring the need to mobilize additional financial resources including through promotion of public-private partnerships in development of transport infrastructure and services in achieving inclusive and sustainable development;

 

Thanking the Government of the Republic of Turkmenistan for hosting the international conference in Ashgabat and United Nations ECE, ESCAP, the OSCE and IRU for their collaboration in planning and organizing the conference,

 

 

 

Declare the following:

 

 

 

1.      Resolve to develop and implement policies and strategies at the national levels that will enhance economic, environmental and social sustainability of transit transport corridors,

 

2.      Agree to continue to accord priority to develop, operationalize and take measures to improve infrastructure and facilities, facilitate cross-border transport and customs clearance along the international, regional and interregional transit transport corridors;

 

3.      Urge participating countries and other related stakeholders to address the issues of improving transit transport in the following areas:

 

(a)     Working collaboratively to designate and prioritize transit transport corridors and develop operational frameworks;

 

(b)     Promoting an integrated and intermodal approach to planning and development of infrastructure and facilities and provision of services along the designated and prioritized international transit transport corridors;

 

(c)     Strengthening international cooperation to develop and operationalize international transit transport corridors;

 

(d) Continuous harmonization of national legislation with international norms and standards with the aim to facilitate the international freight transport, transit and border crossing procedures;

 

(e)     Enhancing transport access to and from landlocked developing countries;

 

(f)      Mobilizing financial resources including through promotion of public-private partnerships;

 

(g)     Using innovative technologies to improve efficiency of transport operation and services;

 

(h) Development of human resources through the implementation of programs on enhancing the skills and qualifications of transport personnel, and

 

(i)      Improving road safety along the international road transit corridors.

 

4.      Invite participating countries that have not yet done so to consider joining relevant international transport conventions, agreements and frameworks developed under auspices of ECE and ESCAP;

 

5.      Call for enhancing networking and periodic consultation among related stakeholders involved in development and operation of the designated international transit transport corridors; and

 

6.      Request the United Nations organizations, related international financing institutions, multilateral and bilateral donors, the private sector, and international organizations to coordinate their efforts and collaborate to mobilize financial and technical assistance to participating countries for sustainable and inclusive development of transit transport corridors.

 

Adopted on 4 September 2014 at Ashgabat

STATEMENT BY THE HEAD OF THE DELEGATION OF TURKMENISTAN

STATEMENT BY THE HEAD OF THE DELEGATION OF TURKMENISTAN

05 October 2014
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Esteemed Heads of the Delegations, Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all, I have the honour to convey the words of greetings and wishes of peace and prosperity to you and the peoples of your countries on behalf of His Excellency, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. I would like to congratulate Mr. Sam Kutesa on his election to the post of President of the 69-th session of the United Nations General Assembly and wish him success in his forthcoming responsible work. I would also like to express my appreciation to Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the 58-th Session for his skillful and effective work on this post. Dear Participants, The current session of the General Assembly is taking place against the background of complex processes which we witness in some of the world’s regions. Assessment of those processes and their casual relationships may be different but it is apparent that in view of the prevailing conditions the world community needs to apply a balanced, sober and highly responsible approach to emerging and potential challenges and threats. It is the objective and imperative requirement of our times. Experience demonstrated vividly once again that there is no military solution to international and internal conflicts in today’s world. It is our firm conviction that the United Nations role is acquiring decisive significance in the prevailing situation. It is the United Nations that should assume upon itself the leading mission in resolving contradictions and preserving global stability, strengthening people’s faith in international institutions and legal frameworks. Here the Security Council is called upon to assume a special responsibility. Its functions and authority under the UN Charter cannot be put into doubt and used to satisfy some individual or group interests. The UN Security Council remains and should remain the only universal legitimate body for maintaining global peace and stability and guarantor of fundamental political and moral foundations of the conceptual basis of modern world architecture. Dear Participants, Turkmenistan has constantly and consistently advocated for the expansion and maximum use of the United Nations peace-keeping potential. Today the need for this is especially relevant. Therefore our country proposes to actively start the elaboration of common approaches with a view to reducing and at a later stage completely eliminating potential risks of any confrontations. It is well known that President of Turkmenistan stated at the 66-th session of the General Assembly that it was necessary as a first step in this direction to adopt a United Nations Declaration on priority use of political and diplomatic means in solving international problems and their further consideration at the UN General Assembly. We stand ready to engage in meaningful discussions on this issue. The logic of development of global processes in the sphere of security dictates the need for a fundamental strengthening of regional interaction mechanisms. As regards Central Asia such interaction should ensure favourable conditions for preserving and maintaining lasting peace and stability, successful reaction to terrorist threats, extremism, organized crime and drug trafficking. In this connection we consider that it is relevant to create a standing mechanism of political consultations for coordinating steps aimed at maintaining security in this area, preventing and neutralizing conflict situations and combatting new threats. We propose to meaningfully consider the idea of convening a Forum on security and cooperation in Central Asia under the auspices of the United Nations as the starting platform for future work in this direction. We stand ready to host such a forum in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat in 2015. As the host country of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia Turkmenistan advocates for omnilateral support to its work which has proven to be highly effective. It is not accidental that during its August session in 2012 the UN Security Council emphasized the great importance of preventive diplomacy and early settlement of disputes and in this connection supported efforts of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia. We are convinced that in the context of current and future development of political, economic, environmental and humanitarian processes in the Central Asia region and neighbouring areas the mandate of the Center is especially relevant and necessary and call for a more active involvement of this entity in various aspects of regional problems with the support from the UN member states. Turkmenistan also believes that it is necessary to establish a more focused and substantive interaction between the Regional Center and international organizations, including the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Community of Independent States and other bodies with a view to elaborating common approaches to such pressing issues as transnational threats, terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, environmental challenges, management of trans-border water and energy resources and regional security in the context of the situation in Afghanistan. Settlement of the situation in Afghanistan is the key factor in achieving regional peace and stability. It is necessary to support those positive processes that are taking place in this country and provide the Afghan people real assistance in achieving reconciliation and accord. This can be achieved only through peaceful and negotiating means. There are no other solutions here. As a neutral country and Afghanistan’s immediate neigbour Turkmenistan offered its political space for organizing a broad-based inter-Afghan national dialogue under the auspices and active involvement of the United Nations. We already have joint experience in conducting negotiations within such a format. We believe that it can be used today too. Such dialogue in addition to purely political aspects implies the discussion of a set of measures aimed at providing specific economic support to Afghanistan and involvement of this country in regional integration processes and future infrastructure projects. It is already many years that Turkmenistan has provided assistance to the neighbouring country in building social facilities and initiated implementation of major transport and energy projects with Afghanistan’s participation. In particular, I mean the project envisaging construction of the Turkmenistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline as preparations for its implementation are nearing the final stage. Another major project involves construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway which was launched in May last year. We consider them as major factors in rebuilding the economy and social sphere of Afghanistan and its transition to peaceful and creative life. During a number of years our country has consistently supplied electric power to Afghanistan under highly favourable terms. In the near future due to the commissioning of new power generating capacities in Turkmenistan we are prepared to increase the volume of power supplied to Afghanistan several times. We continue to provide purpose-oriented training of specialists for the Afghan economy, health care and social sphere in Turkmenistan’s educational establishments and will continue to provide all-round help to the fraternal Afghan people. It is our principled position. Turkmenistan believes that irreversible nature of the disarmament process is the most important pre-requisite for peaceful and creative development of the region and establishment of climate of trust, openness and cooperation in Central Asia. Our country proceeds from the assumption that inertia-like model of the past century that was based on constant build-up of armaments has become irrelevant in today’s world. Furthermore it considerably hampers and sometimes directly undermines efforts of the states in the sphere of social and economic development, enhancement of people’s standards of living and development of successful economic cooperation. It is our conviction: the less armaments there are in the world, the more stable and peaceful will its development be and there will be more trust and understanding between countries and peoples. We stand for consistent strengthening of international and regional cooperation in reducing the arsenals of weapons of mass destruction and effective implementation of the non-proliferation regime. As a party to the fundamental international treaties and conventions of the United Nations in the sphere of disarmament, Turkmenistan intends to provide all-round support to those processes. In this connection while emphasizing the landmark nature of the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that was held in Vienna in 2012 Turkmenistan believes that it is necessary to continue the current dialogue on measures aimed at expanding the international legal framework of non-proliferation. This dialogue becomes especially relevant in view of the practical steps that are being taken in order to implement the Treaty on the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in Central Asia. Our country stands ready to engage in constructive cooperation with the Office of UN Deputy Secretary General on disarmament and participate in the implementation of a number of initiatives in this regard. Further improvement of existing UN structures can become another practical step in the implementation of consecutive measures in the sphere of disarmament. In this context we believe that it will be useful to consider the establishment of a UN Sub-regional Disarmament Center in Central Asia. Esteemed Mr. President, Esteemed Participants, At the present session Turkmenistan looks forward to the logical continuation of the broad-based dialogue initiated by the President of Turkmenistan on energy security as one of the fundamental elements of UN’s sustainable development strategy. As is well-known in May 2013 the General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution entitled “Reliable and stable transit of energy and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation”. The resolution was co-sponsored by 71 member states. The adoption of this resolution is yet another major and consecutive step in advancing international cooperation in the sphere of energy. We believe that adherence to the letter and spirit of this document should acquire substantive and purpose-oriented nature. In this connection we call on member states and the UN Secretariat to actively conduct consultations on practical implementation of the provisions of this resolution. In particular, we mean institutionalization of the work of the international group of experts on energy cooperation issues and nominating representatives of member states to this group. The first international meeting of experts will take place in December this year in Turkmenistan. It is designed to launch systematic work on the establishment of the legal framework of cooperation in the sphere of sustainable energy. We invite UN member states and all interested parties to take part in it. Esteemed Participants, The outcome document of the Rio-de-Janeiro UN Conference on Sustainable Development entitled “The Future we Want” emphasized the central role of transport and mobility in sustainable development. We fully share this approach. Moreover, Turkmenistan is convinced that it is high time to undertake systematic global interaction and strategic planning in the transport sphere as a separate long-term area of UN activity. In early September of this year Turkmenistan’s capital hosted a High-level International Conference dedicated to the role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation, stability and sustainable development. The Ashgabat Declaration adopted at the end of this Conference reflects the need for elaborating new modern criteria of cooperation in this sphere that are oriented towards diversification, security, accessibility and environmental safety of the transportation infrastructure and its maximum correspondence to the realities of present-day global development taking into account the needs of developing countries, including land-locked states. As President of Turkmenistan emphasized in his address to the participants of the Conference “global transport strategy of the 21-st century is a strategy of integration break-through, combination of geographical and infrastructural opportunities and technical and technological potentials of states and regions”. The very fact of the convening of this Conference marks a momentous event designed to give an impetus to the commencement of meaningful multilateral communication with respect to the transportation problems and raising cooperation in this sphere to a qualitatively new level and transition to the adoption of concrete decisions. In our view, provisions stipulated by the Ashgabat Declaration lay the foundation for the long-term practical interaction, formulation of a complex approach to the development of transport and transit communication lines based on constructive and real partnerships. Our country has submitted the Ashgabat Declaration to the UN Secretariat for its distribution among the member states as an official document. We hope that it will be studied with interest. With a view to accelerated development of international transport infrastructure Turkmenistan advocates closer cooperation and partnership-like interaction with specialized entities of the United Nations, primarily with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. We are convinced that such cooperation corresponds to the logic of modern development of international cooperation in the sphere of transport in the Euro-Asian continent. Dear Participants, Turkmenistan fully supports the decisions taken during the summits on climate change held in Copenhagen and Cancun, at the 17-th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban and at the Rio+20 Summit. We look forward to the continuation of a constructive international dialogue on those issues. We are convinced that it is necessary to consistently combine efforts taken at the international, regional and national levels and effectively coordinate actions taken by the states with those of the United Nations. In this context we welcome Secretary General’s efforts aimed at implementing the agreed decisions and stand ready to provide him with our all-round support in this regard. It is with a sense of utmost responsibility that we approach development of international cooperation with respect to climate change problems. Of late our country has launched a number of concrete initiatives aimed at enhancing regional and global interaction in this sphere. In particular, I mean Turkmenistan’s initiative concerning the establishment under the auspices of the United Nations and with its active involvement of a UN specialized entity – the UN Regional Center for Climate Change Technologies. We are prepared to provide the infrastructure required for its functioning on the territory of our country. We are convinced that establishment of this Center is dictated by the objective requirements of the environmental situation and the logic of international community’s actions on issues relating to climate change. We urge the United Nations to support this initiative so that specific decisions concerning the establishment of this Center could be taken as soon as possible. Humanitarian dimension is one of the most important components of international partnerships. As a member of major United Nations humanitarian agencies Turkmenistan takes practical steps for ensuring the rights and freedoms of its citizens. In particular our country devotes great attention to solving the issues relating to ensuring the rights of refugees, migrants and stateless persons. Last June the Government of Turkmenistan together with the International Migration Organization and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee organized an international conference on migration and statelessness “Challenges and the Way Forward” in Ashgabat. Upon its conclusion the Conference adopted a declaration which spelled out urgent tasks for enhancing multilateral cooperation, improving the international legal framework and reforming national legislation concerning migrants and stateless persons, their legal and social protection and material support and adaptation. During the current session Turkmenistan will strive to translate the main provisions of this international forum into reality. We reaffirm our desire and readiness to continue close cooperation with the International Migration Organization, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, member states and all interested stake-holders. Esteemed Mr. President, Our country views the 69-th session as a major stage in progressive consolidation of international efforts aimed at resolving the key issues of the global agenda, reaffirming the leading role of the United Nations in maintaining and strengthening of universal peace and stability and achieving the goals of sustainable development. We reaffirm our firm commitment to cooperation with the United Nations, our readiness to actively participate and promote its peace-keeping political and diplomatic endevours and implement its projects and programmes in the economic, social, environmental, humanitarian and other spheres. As far as Turkmenistan is concerned, its partnership with the United Nations has always been and continues to remain a strategic priority, conceptual and practical foundation of our activity in the international arena. Thank you for your attention.

Culture

Culture

25 July 2014
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Currently, the activities of the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan are aimed at the achievement of goals in accordance with the State Program for the development of cultural sphere in Turkmenistan for 2012-2016, which has a conceptual meaning for the formation of favorable cultural environment, which, in turn, will help to reveal the cultural and spiritual potential of every person, people and the country as a whole. The state cultural policy will be implemented through popularization activities, various activities of international level. In 2012 a whole range of remarkable events took place in public life of Turkmenistan. There were cultural activities on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations of Turkmenistan with the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, Belarus, the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 

The Days of Culture of Islamic Republic of Iran, Belarus, Tatarstan, Turkey in Turkmenistan were held during this period. Days of Turkmen Culture were successfully held in Vienna, the capital of Austria and in Astrakhan, Russian Federation. Theseareonlyfewremarkableevents. Days of Turkmen Cinema took place in Uzbekistan. In the framework of the cultural events the city of Mary was announced as the cultural capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2012. On this occasion, the scientific conference “Ancient Merv is a Center of the World Civilization” and the concert of popular singers from the Commonwealthstates were organized. Among recent events, the concert of the culture and art masters of Turkmenistan in Izmir city during the working visit of the President of Turkmenistan GurbangulyBerdimuhamedov to the Turkish Republic is worth noting.

 

Consistent work is being conducted to enlarge the spectrum, improve the quality of the cultural services, widen the coverage over the population, renew the repertoire of the creative collectives, recover museum and library funds and coordinate the activities of the cultural institutions. As of today, there are 11 state theatres, 31 state museums. There are 667 houses of culture in the provinces. Their activities are renewed with new forms and methods. In particular, special groups were created to render assistance in organizational matters. These groups are designed to ensure the effective work of these institutions andraise professional level of the personnel. This is especially topical on the regional level. These groups visit regions and analyze the work in the cultural sphere. They arrange seminars, give consultations and provide assistance. Pointing to the certain dynamics of cultural processes in the country and a range of key issues that touch goals and priorities of the state policy in culture, modern image of the country in the world arena directly depends on its contribution to common culture.

 

There were the presidency of Turkmenistan in the Commonwealth of Independent States and cultural events related to that. In October 2012 Ashgabat hosted VII conference of creative and scientific workers of CIS member states. In this respect, the National Leader instructed to get ready on the highest level for this important international measure. There was a special program of the conference and other activities.

 

The state attaches much attention to the development of cultural sphere. Numerous cultural institutions are under construction in the country – theatres, cinema and concert centers, museums, culture houses, libraries and other social and cultural facilities. A lot of funds are allocated to scientific-research and archeological works. Particular attention is paid toprofessional training and the advancement of culture workers. 

Tourism

Tourism

05 August 2014
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The most important area of social policy is also ravitie tourism that this problem is also one of the most important for our country. In this context, in the country in September 2012 established the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Tourism. Committee on National tourist zone "Avaz" will enter into the structure of this newly created institution as an independent control. The primary tasks of the newly created State Committee for Tourism is to promote international tourism as the most profitable areas of tourism industry. To increase the number of foreign tourists will open new tourist routes, as well as measures taken to improve the quality of services provided. In this context, be taken into account the importance of the training of professionals for the industry and improvement of related work, as well as the development of effective promotional activities. Particular attention will be paid to the training of personnel for the effective management of a hotel complex in the national tourism zone "Avaz" and generally carry out the necessary works to organize the management of under construction in Turkmenistan hotels, according to international standards. In the future, steps will be taken for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List unique nature Koytendag other natural monuments of the reserve. In this regard, special planned tender for landscaping beautiful natural corners Koytendag and in order to create favorable conditions for tourists - the construction of hotels and other support systems. Here it is necessary to establish a proper tourist activities, as well as to take all necessary measures for the further development of the tourism industry as a whole and to work in this field in accordance with modern requirements.