Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met with UN Deputy Secretary General Fekitamoloa Katoa Utoikamanu, during which the parties reaffirmed their intention to continue the partnership aimed at sustainable development. The event took place via videoconference.
The participants noted that Turkmenistan and the UN are cooperating fruitfully in a wide range of areas. The importance of common efforts aimed at the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was particularly noted.
The Turkmen side stated its readiness to develop interaction with this area of the UN to unlock the potential of developing and landlocked states. In this regard, Turkmenistan intends to promote the development of transport infrastructure and interconnections. It is noted that the state contributes to the practical implementation of the Vienna Program, developed for a decade for the developing and landlocked countries. The program is designed for 2014-2024.
The head of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry drew attention to the fact that the Turkmen leadership has initiated a number of resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly in the sphere of sustainable transport. This was due to the desire to promote not only regional, but also global integration in the economic sphere. And an important role in the successful implementation of these aspirations is played by transport interconnectivity, the formation of stable transit-transport corridors and trade relations between countries.
Participants of the videoconference agreed on the need to improve mechanisms for creating stable interconnections between states. In this regard, the Turkmen side initiated to ensure the stability of international transit, even in times of emergency.
Our state has also done a lot in this direction. Thus, implementation of such projects as Lazurit corridor, TAPI, construction of power transmission line and FOCL connecting Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as construction of railway lines between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan contribute to activation of transport and transit interrelations of the Eurasian continent.
The head of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry thanked the UN Deputy Secretary General for the fruitful cooperation. It is noted that at the moment Turkmenistan is preparing for the transport conference at the level of ministries for the countries that are developing and have no access to the sea. The event will be held in 2021. The organizers invite the world formations and financial institutions to participate in it.