On Wednesday, December 11, the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan hosted a scientific conference “Neutrality of Turkmenistan: Cooperation for the Sake of Peace, Security and Sustainable Development”, devoted to the 24th anniversary of Permanent Neutrality of the country.
The event was attended by the heads and representatives of the diplomatic missions and international organizations working in Turkmenistan, ambassadors of Turkmenistan abroad, representatives of national and foreign mass media.
At the conference, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, delivered a speech, having noted that the openness and willingness to cooperate with countries near and far abroad are the key factors in the success of the country’s home and foreign policy.
According to him, the neutral status allows Turkmenistan to use most widely the opportunities for developing interstate partnerships, as well as to cooperate with the UN, OSCE and other large international agencies and regional structures.
UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, Ms. Elena Panova, in her speech emphasized that Turkmenistan has been taking an active part to tackle urgent issues of the world’s agenda.
– We can cite such proposals of Turkmenistan as initiative to ensure reliable and stable transit of energy carriers, equal access of states to the sources of energy and means of their delivery as well as proposals related to the creation of multimodal transport infrastructure and the water issues.
Head of OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd, praised the contribution of Turkmenistan to the stabilization process in Afghanistan and its socio-economic development.
“The OSCE, as an instrument for early conflict warning and prevention, fully stands by the policy of Turkmenistan aimed to support the settlement of all disputes between states via peace negotiations based on the principles of trust and equal responsibility for peace and security,” Ms. Drozd said.
It is worth to mention, during last 10 years, the OSCE Center in Ashgabat has been implementing a project aimed to strengthen the capacity of the border services of the region. Within the framework of the project, supported by the governments of Germany, Norway, Italy, Great Britain and Japan, a number of joint events were held with the participation of the border agencies of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, which contributed to the strengthening of cross-border cooperation between the countries.
In this context, the permanent neutrality Turkmenistan is the most important factor to ensure regional stability and to establish a constructive dialogue between countries based on harmonization of geopolitical and national interests.