Today, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov received Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Ms. Helga Schmid.
Expressing gratitude for finding time for the meeting, Ms. Helga Schmid presented to the President of Turkmenistan the certificate of accession of Arkadag city to the Project “Development of sustainable, green, climate-friendly cities with innovative solutions in the region of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe” and the certificate “EcoPorts”, awarded to the International Sea Port of Turkmenbashy.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov cordially congratulated Ms. Helga Schmid on the opening of a new building of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, expressing gratitude for the awarding of the above certificates. It was emphasized that this fact is the recognition of the successful combination of efforts in the field of ecology, focused on specific outcomes.
During the meeting, it was noted that relations between Turkmenistan and the OSCE are fruitful. Consistent work is being carried out based on joint cooperation programs developed annually by the Government of Turkmenistan and the headquarters of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat.
International policy and security, which are attached paramount importance on the bilateral partnership agenda, was the topic of special attention. As was noted in this regard, security is the basic condition for the peaceful life of people. In the present-day world, each state must actively participate in the coordination of multilateral efforts aimed at maintaining regional and international security.
The use of political and diplomatic mechanisms is of particular importance in addressing topical issues on the global agenda, strengthening mutual trust and promoting constructive dialogue. It was noted in this regard that the International Conference “The Role of Neutral States in Strengthening Security, Stability and Dialogue in the OSCE Region”, organized by the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, has been recently held in the Turkmen capital, which became a striking illustration of the fact that bilateral cooperation is complemented by parliamentary relations.
As President Serdar Berdimuhamedov pointed out, ensuring efficient and sustainable international transit of energy resources has a direct effect on the wellbeing and prosperity of the whole region. Turkmenistan, as the country rich in energy resources, is taking targeted measures to provide international energy security. In this context, the head of state stressed the appropriateness of carrying out concrete work within OSCE to promote transportation and transit of energy resources to the world market that covers political, financial, technological and environmental aspects.
During the meeting, the possibilities for developing cooperation in other priority areas, in particular, in the transport and transit sector, in the field of improving the performance of democratic institutions, ensuring human rights and freedoms, gender equality, etc., were also discussed.
At the end of the meeting, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Ms. Helga Schmid, expressed confidence in the steady development of a fruitful bilateral partnership and exchanged kind wishes.
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Today, the opening of a new building of the Center of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe took place in the capital.
The ceremony was attended by the OSCE Secretary General, the head of OSCE Center in Ashgabat, the officials of diplomatic representations and missions accredited in our country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Ashgabat City Khyakimlik, and media representatives.
The opening of a new office of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, timed to coincide with the visit to our country of a delegation led by OSCE Secretary General Ms. Helga Schmid, has become an indisputable fact of committment of OSCE and Turkmenistan to further strengthen long-term relations based on mutual respect.
During the ceremony, the firm commitment of neutral Turkmenistan to strengthening international relations concerning the most important issues of our time, including global peace, strengthening the foundations of stability and security, as well as achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, was highlighted.
Then a meeting was held between Director General of the Transport and Communications Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers M. Chakyev and OSCE Secretary General Ms. Helga Schmid, during which issues of multilateral cooperation in the transport and communications sector within this reputable Organization were discussed.
The endeavor of Turkmenistan and OSCE to join efforts in addressing issues related to ecology and environment preservation, water use, efficient management of natural resources, and climate change was also pointed out.