Turkmenistan considers China and the countries of Central Asia as its key partners and like-minded people in the effective implementation of the new philosophy - "Dialogue is a guarantee of peace," President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, speaking at the video summit of the leaders of the China-Central Asia dialogue countries on Tuesday.
The very fact of holding today's summit testifies to the importance attached to relations between the countries of Central Asia and the People's Republic of China, Berdimuhamedov said. This was reported in the information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
The head of state recalled that the Great Silk Road, which passed through the territory of Central Asia from China, became a factor in the development and progress of the entire world civilization and allowed to accumulate a huge and unique experience of interaction, good neighborliness, exchange of knowledge, achievements in science and culture.
The President noted the importance of the combined potential, powerful resource, industrial and technological base of the countries, which open up great prospects for cooperation in the economy, where one of the priorities is the fuel and energy sector. The head of state named the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline passing through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan as an example of a truly partnership based on equality, awareness of multilateral benefits.
Berdimuhamedov emphasized the existence of objective mutual interests of the parties in development and transport partnership, noting that the project "Revival of the Great Silk Road" put forward by the Turkmen side, in its philosophy and geo-economic meaning, is associated with the Chinese global initiative "One Belt - One Road".
The importance of strengthening cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, education, sports, enhancing the state of scientific and cultural ties also became a topic of discussion during the summit.
The parties paid special attention to consolidating joint efforts aimed at combating the pandemic and its socio-economic consequences. The idea of creating a mechanism for regular meetings between representatives of scientific and medical communities, epidemiological and sanitary services, and other relevant departments of countries of this format was supported.
Congratulating the leadership of the People's Republic of China and the entire Chinese people on the upcoming Olympics, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the Winter Olympics would become a real celebration of sports, peace and friendship for millions of people around the world.