~~Turkmenistan adheres to the multilateral partnership in the format “Central Asia – European Union”

During today’s 16th Central Asia - EU Ministerial Meeting, the key issues of regional and international agenda were discussed. The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan noted the active role of Turkmenistan in addressing the global challenges, as well as strengthening multilateral regional and international cooperation.

During today’s 16th Central Asia - EU Ministerial Meeting, the key issues of regional and international agenda were discussed. The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan noted the active role of Turkmenistan in addressing the global challenges, as well as strengthening multilateral regional and international cooperation.    

Thus, the firm commitment of Turkmenistan to the initiatives in the area of energy security, use of ecofriendly energy, expansion of regional and international transport and transit communications was underlined. 

The parties expressed interest in the advancement of trade-economic, transport and energy cooperation and agreed to hold the First Economic Forum “EU-Central Asia” in 2021.

The issues of security and stability in the Central Asia and nearby regions were especially regarded.  In this regard, the firm adherence of Turkmenistan to the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was emphasized. The importance of the Ashgabat Declaration of 2011 and the Central Asia’s Joint Plan of Action to counter terrorism was highlighted. 

The participants expressed interest in continuing cooperation between the Central Asia and the EU on combatting terrorism, transnational organized crime, human trafficking, illegal drug trafficking and cyber security threats. In this context, the Turkmen side called for the intensification of partnership in the CA-EU-UN format.

The parties discussed the advancement of intra-Afghan peace talks and underlined the importance of support to the overall reinstatement of Afghanistan.  It was noted that Turkmenistan actively works on the promotion of large infrastructural projects with participation of Afghanistan, including the    construction of the gas pipeline TAPI, power and fiber-optic communication lines on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route, building of the railway lines from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.      

The participants of the session welcomed the initiative of the Government of Turkmenistan to host in December of current year in Ashgabat, an International Conference entitled as the “Policy of Neutrality and its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development” devoted to the 25th anniversary of permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, as well as to organize an International High-Level Forum in the year of 2021, which has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Peace and Trust.

The heads of the external policy agencies of the EU and Central Asia welcomed the mutual cooperation on humanitarian issues and discussed the opportunities of widening ties in the area of education, science, culture, technologies and innovations.

The Joint Communiqué was adopted upon the outcomes of the 16th Central Asia - EU Ministerial Meeting.

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~~Turkmenistan and Sweden discuss issues of building                                         the potential of bilateral cooperation

On November 18, 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met via videoconferencing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ms. Ann Linde.

During the constructive conversation, the diplomats discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, exchanged views on the regional and international agenda.

Also, the heads of the Foreign Ministries of the two countries expressed mutual interest in intensifying contacts in the political-diplomatic, trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian fields, as well as within the framework of the new European Union Strategy for Central Asia, where there is a promising potential for joint implementation.

During the conversation, the parties also focused on the need to intensify cooperation between the two countries through regional and international structures, in particular the UN and the OSCE.

During the meeting, the Ministers also discussed the prospects for cooperation between the two countries during Sweden’s chairmanship in the OSCE in 2021.

The commitment of the Turkmen side was expressed to establish a wide range of dialogue in all areas of mutual interest. In this aspect, they also noted the importance of the joint efforts of the two countries in the context of comprehensive counteraction against the current pandemic situation.

The issues of expanding ties between the parties in the field of the rule of law, gender equality, human rights, education and science, including in the field of high technologies and innovations, were also considered.