The priorities of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy became the main topic of the extended government meeting on Friday. This is understandable, because at a meeting in which the country’s ambassadors to other states and international organizations took part, they discussed the celebration in 2020 of the 25th anniversary of Turkmen neutrality. Where, if not here, to highlight foreign policy guidelines, that is, to answer the question – whom, first of all, should Turkmenistan befriend?
The head of state emphasized that the most important course of diplomacy in Turkmenistan is to strengthen traditional good-neighborly relations with all countries of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and Azerbaijan. “We will also pay great attention to expanding cooperation with Turkey,” the president added.
According to the Turkmen leader, the Russian Federation, which maintains centuries-old friendly relations, is a strategic partner of Turkmenistan.
“Based on the historical experience of interaction between the two countries, we will continue to increase cooperation with Russia in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian fields,” said Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
For many years, Turkmenistan has maintained fruitful cooperation with China, and all available opportunities will be used to expand these relations, the head of state said.
He noted that Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Malaysia also maintain fruitful political and economic ties with Turkmenistan, and concrete examples of successful implementation of a number of economic and social projects with these states can be cited here.
“We will continue close cooperation with India and Pakistan, with which we have ancient historical ties. Turkmenistan follows the path of strengthening cooperation with the countries of the Middle East. In the near future we will carry out all the necessary work to bring cooperation with our partners in this region to a qualitatively new level,” Berdimuhamedov said.
According to the president, next year Ashgabat will also take measures to enter a new round of relations with Europe, whose countries have always been and remain reliable partners of Turkmenistan.
“We have significantly intensified relations with the states of the American continent. Among them, I want to highlight the United States of America. Open and fruitful political ties between Turkmenistan and the United States give us reason to successfully build cooperation in the fields of economy, education and culture,” the head of state said.
He also emphasized that Turkmenistan in recent years has been working hard to establish diplomatic relations with the countries of the African continent.
The Turkmen leader also touched upon Ashgabat’s interaction with international organizations. Here, the strategic partner is the United Nations, followed by the OSCE, the CIS, the European Union, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The President of Turkmenistan noted that he sees good prospects in cooperation with regional economic unions, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation, the SCO, the EAEU, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and a number of other regional structures.
As can be seen from the speech of the head of state, the foreign policy vectors of Turkmenistan cover almost the whole world. It should be so, since our neutral status obliges.