G. Berdimuhamedov, not the president, will go to the UTC summit. It is expected that following the results, Turkmenistan will become its full member

From Turkmenistan to participate in the summit of the Organization of Turkic States (OTG), which will be held in Samarkand on November 11, will be the chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov . This is stated in a press release posted on the UTG website.


It should be noted that heads of state will participate from other countries. Thus, the participation of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, as well as the Prime Minister of Hungary ( this country has an observer status, – note HT ) and the Secretary General of the UTC are expected.


This once again indicates that the country is ruled by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, while his son, the current head of state, performs only ceremonial functions. Read more about the configuration of power in Turkmenistan in the article “The ceremonial president and parental overprotection. Half a year of tandemocracy in Turkmenistan”.


It should be noted that the ex-president discussed the preparations for the summit on November 7 by phone with the head of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev .


“The issues on the agenda of the summit of the Organization of Turkic States, which will be held at the end of this week in the city of Samarkand, were considered,” the press service of the head of Uzbekistan writes .


“Hero-Arkadag wished successful holding of the upcoming Summit in Samarkand, expressing confidence that under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan it will be productive,” the state information agency TDH reports .


The TDH also emphasizes that inter-parliamentary ties were discussed, which “complement relations” between the countries. However, Mirziyoyev’s press service does not report this, limiting himself to general phrases that during the conversation “topical issues of further development and deepening of Uzbek-Turkmen relations were considered.


Recall that on September 29, Turkish Foreign Minister  Mevlut Cavshuoglu  said that “Turkmenistan, which was previously an observer in the UTC, will become a full member on November 11 in Samarkand, where the UTC summit will be held.”


“In this way, we hope to complete our family picture,” the official said.


A month earlier, Turkmenistan had officially  asked  Turkey to cancel the visa-free regime for its citizens. As a result, on September 13, President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan  granted the request by signing a corresponding decree, although earlier the Turkish authorities were categorically  against  this.




Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan