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Turkmenistan Participates in Visegrad Group-Central Asia Conference

Turkmenistan Participates in Visegrad Group-Central Asia Conference

Deputy Foreign Ministers held negotiations within the framework of the Visegrad Group-Central Asia format. Turkmenistan was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Vepa Khadzhiev. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were also represented by their diplomats.

Representatives of foreign policy agencies considered the situation in the economy and society of the Central Asian region in view of the global pandemic, discussing ways to improve it. They also discussed implementation of the EU Strategy in the region. The participants of the meeting considered the prospects and mutually beneficial vectors of partnership between the states of the Visegrad Group and Central Asia.

The representative of Turkmenistan noted the transport and transit sphere, industry, trade, and cultural and humanitarian direction as industries that may be of interest for mutual partnership. A special area of cooperation could be the formation of international transport corridors.

In his speech, the deputy head of the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the country is a responsible member of the international community. That is why Turkmenistan has established active cooperation with the WHO, as well as other specialized agencies and UN agencies at the first signs of a threat of spread of COVID-19. Our state adhered to the scientific approach in counteracting the pandemic COVID-19 and its consequences. Registration of vaccines against COVID-19 was carried out promptly and mass vaccination of citizens was started.

Khadzhiev summed up that our state is primarily focused on expanding mutual cooperation in the political and diplomatic plane and joint fight against common global threats. The country seeks to develop partnerships in energy, transport, trade and investment areas. Turkmenistan is also interested in cooperation in education and ecology and development of the legal system.

Stability and security in the Central Asian region, according to the Turkmen diplomat, is a key goal that all states and international organizations should unite their efforts to achieve. Consolidation of efforts will be an effective way to counter international terrorism, extremism, illegal drug trafficking and other current challenges and threats. The diplomat called for increased contacts to improve cyber security.


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