Turkmenistan proposed to adopt a policy document on COVID-19 as part of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue. According to the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such an initiative was made by Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov at an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue via video link.
He expressed appreciation to the Japanese Foreign Minister for the initiative to organize this ministerial online meeting, having emphasized the timeliness of the meeting.
According to Meredov, in conditions when the world community is making urgent efforts to combat the new infection, this form of communication that unites the states of Central Asia, as an important region of the planet, and Japan, cannot keep out of addressing the most acute problem faced by humanity.
In this regard, the Turkmen party came up with an initiative to develop a policy document as part of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue, which includes the basic principles of solidarity activities of states participating in the fight against a new type of infection and specific measures aimed at preventing and treating diseases caused by it.
The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan also expressed special appreciation to the Japanese party for their willingness to provide a grant project in the field of medicine within the framework of the Official Development Assistance Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan specifies that Turkmen medical professionals highly appreciate the knowledge and experience gained during a number of multilateral and bilateral videoconferences with leading Japanese specialists. At present, in order to use the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy, a constant exchange is under way with regard to knowledge and information on the infectious diseases treatment and prevention methods, medical technologies, preparations, drugs, equipment and personal protective equipment.
During the meeting, the ministers also discussed the agenda of the upcoming 8th meeting of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue. In particular, the possibilities were discussed for developing a Concept for Partnership between States of the Dialogue in the Field of Security, a new Platform for Development of Economic Partnership, preparing a Roadmap for Cooperation in the Field of High Technologies, as well as a Cooperation Program in the Socio-Cultural Sector.