Today, the meeting of the Chairwoman of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan G. Mammedova and the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation V. Volodin took place in the capital, which was held in an expanded format, with the participation of members of the delegations of the two countries.
The subject of an interested discussion included prospects for further bilateral inter-parliamentary cooperation, contacts within the framework of relevant committees, and the expansion of a fruitful exchange of experience in the law-making sphere.
As emphasized, thanks to the efforts of the heads of Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation, relations between our states, which are strategic partners, are actively developing, new opportunities are opening up for effective interaction, including through parliaments. In this regard, confidence was expressed that the visit of the speaker of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to Ashgabat and the current meeting will give this process a positive impetus.
Contacts are also being successfully made in a multilateral format, in particular through the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS. In this context, the Inter-Parliamentary Forum and the Dialogue of Women of the States of Central Asia and the Russian Federation, held in May last year, are also important events.
The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation was acquainted with the decisions taken at the joint meeting of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan held on January 21 this year with the participation of members of the public on the establishment of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan and the transition of the national Parliament to a unicameral system. As the Chairwoman of the Mejlis noted, Hero-Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who was recognized as the National Leader of the Turkmen people at the legislative level, was appointed Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty, in connection with which the relevant regulatory documents were adopted.
The term of office of the deputies of the Mejlis of the sixth convocation ends in March of this year. Taking the opportunity, the head of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan invited Russian parliamentarians to take part in the forthcoming parliamentary elections in our country as international observers. In response, the speaker of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation confirmed that the State Duma would send its representatives to Turkmenistan.
Then the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation addressed the deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan.
Thanking for the opportunity to speak to the Turkmen colleagues, Vyacheslav Volodin confirmed the commitment of the Russian side to the traditionally friendly, good-neighborly dialogue with Turkmenistan, which is of a strategic nature.
As is known, last year marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 20th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between our countries. During this time, a long way has been traveled, considerable experience has been gained in the political, economic, humanitarian and other fields.
Stressing that the dynamics of the development of bilateral relations are set by the heads of state, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation spoke about the need to do everything to ensure the legislative support for the implementation of the agreements reached at the highest level. At the same time, the importance of further intensifying inter-parliamentary relations was noted, which is one of the tasks outlined in the Declaration on deepening strategic partnership, signed by the Presidents of Russia and Turkmenistan in June 2022.
It was also emphasized that the meeting with the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan, Arkadag, the National Leader of the Turkmen people Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who visited Moscow in November last year, gave impetus to the development of inter-parliamentary relations between the two countries.
In his speech, the speaker of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation noted the importance, within the framework of the parliamentary dimension, to promote the strengthening of interstate trade, economic, humanitarian and cultural ties, and increase the effectiveness of joint projects. The importance of partnerships at various multilateral platforms was also noted.
In conclusion, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation emphasized that the path of peace, friendship and cooperation is a reliable basis for the development of relations between Russia and Turkmenistan. And the task of parliamentarians is to find new opportunities through inter-parliamentary dialogue for the rapprochement of our countries, their development, the growth of well-being and the improvement of the quality of life of citizens.
On behalf of the deputies of the Mejlis, the Head of the National Parliament G. Mammedova expressed gratitude to the guest for a meaningful speech, wishing the speaker of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and Russian colleagues further success in their responsible activities.
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Also today, as part of the program of the visit, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin visited the Halk hakydasy Memorial Complex, which immortalized the memory of national heroes - the defenders of the Fatherland and the victims of the devastating Ashgabat earthquake of 1948, where he laid flowers at the Baky Şöhrat monument.