Videoconference of Ministers of Central Asia and the European Union Was Held



A regular ministerial meeting "Central Asia - European Union" was held today in the format of a videoconference.

The webinar was attended by the heads of the foreign ministries of Turkmenistan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Vice President of the European Commission and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation.

During the meeting, the great importance of the peacekeeping foreign policy strategy of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in countering global challenges and strengthening multifaceted cooperation was noted.

The issues of security and stability in Central Asia and neighboring regions were especially considered. In this context, the delegation of Turkmenistan paid special attention to the need for joint resolution of crisis situations arising from political, economic, humanitarian, natural, man-made and other reasons.

It was emphasized that Turkmenistan intends to increase its participation in international programs, funds and projects created to prevent crises and minimize their negative consequences.

In particular, the efforts of the Turkmen side to resolve humanitarian and social issues through participation in the formation of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), established by the United Nations General Assembly, were noted.

Foreign participants in the meeting were informed that on December 8 this year, during the high-level pledging event to CERF, convened by the UN Secretary General, Turkmenistan will officially announce its next financial contribution to this humanitarian fund.

The Turkmen side noted the intensification of cooperation between the country and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), within the framework of which it is planned to launch joint implementation of new projects in 2021.

The delegation of Turkmenistan also called on the participants to pay serious attention to the problem of climate change, announcing the country's intention to declare at the upcoming Climate Change Summit on 12 December its obligations to implement the Paris Agreement.

As one of the components of the complex of national efforts in this area, the desire to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions was named. It was said that in the very near future it is planned to adopt the Law of Turkmenistan "On Renewable Energy Sources" and the National Strategy for the Development of Renewable Energy developed at the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Particularly noted was the large-scale national greening campaign, which has planted more than 90 million seedlings in the country over the past 20 years, and this year the number of trees planted will be 25 million.

The heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the EU and Central Asia also considered the possibilities of expanding ties in the field of education, science, culture, technology and innovation, to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.

Following the results of the 16th ministerial meeting in the format "Central Asia - European Union", a Joint Communiqué was adopted. A separate paragraph in this document noted the importance of Turkmenistan's initiatives to enhance the role of the policy of neutrality as an effective instrument for peacekeeping and reaching consensus decisions in international relations.

In particular, the ministers welcomed the initiative of Turkmenistan to hold an international conference "Policy of neutrality and its role in ensuring international peace, security and sustainable development" in Ashgabat on December 12, 2020.

In addition, the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to organize a High-Level Forum in 2021 dedicated to the International Year of Peace and Confidence, announced by the UN General Assembly Resolution on the proposal of Turkmenistan, was supported.

The participants in the ministerial meeting also welcomed the creation at the UN platform of the Group of Friends of Neutrality, of which a number of Central Asian countries and the European Union are members.

  Turkmenistan State News Agency (TDH) - Turkmenistan Today