CIS leaders discussed cooperation within the Commonwealth and the fight against coronavirus

CIS leaders discussed cooperation within the Commonwealth and the fight against coronavirus

The proactive position of Turkmenistan in cooperation within the CIS was confirmed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, speaking at the Summit of the Heads of State of the Commonwealth, which was held by video conference on Friday.

Among the priorities of economic partnership, the Turkmen leader singled out the transport sector, fuel and energy complex, communications, industry, trade and technology.

“Turkmenistan stands for attaching a new quality to our cooperation, the transition to long-term regular relations”, the head of state said. According to hm, the territories of the CIS countries can become the channels of economic partnership on the continent, connecting links along the Europe-Asia line.

Berdimuhamedov emphasized the importance of promoting the economic interests of the CIS beyond the geographical boundaries of the Commonwealth, integrating neighboring countries and regions into joint projects. First of all, this applies to transport, transit and communications infrastructure, and energy supplies.

Great opportunities for cooperation in these areas are seen in the Caspian region, including the creation of a logistics network with the participation of countries that do not have access to the World Ocean, the President of Turkmenistan underscored and proposed to consider the prospects for using the International Sea Port of Turkmenbashi and its merchant fleet.

The outgoing year marked the fight against coronavirus infection that became a serious test for the health systems of the CIS countries, but in these difficult conditions they were able to establish mechanisms of joint action through medical, sanitary, customs and other institutions, showing solidarity and mutual support, Berdimuhamedov said.

In this regard, as was noted, Turkmenistan is promoting proposals for scientific and medical cooperation, the creation of international specialized centers aimed at developing effective methods and ways to counter dangerous viral infections.

At a meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State, new decisions and documents were adopted. The leaders adopted a Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of founding the United Nations and a Joint Statement on Cooperation in International Information Security.

Decisions were taken on the presidency of the Commonwealth by Belarus in 2021, the implementation of the Interstate Program “Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth” in Kyrgyzstan in 2022, as well as declaring 2022 the Year of Folk Art and Cultural Heritage in the CIS, and 2023 the Year of Russian as the language of interethnic communication.

A meeting of the Council of the CIS Heads of State was chaired by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The meeting was also attended by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, Acting President of Kyrgyzstan Talant Mamytov, President of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.