The development of parliamentary relations was the main topic of the meeting, which was held in the Congress Center of Ashgabat on October 29 by the chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan , Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov , the state information agency TDH reports .
In his speech, the ex-president noted that “parliamentary diplomacy plays an important role in international relations during a difficult situation in the world.” According to him, this work is aimed at “strengthening the international situation, restoring trust and building friendly bridges in interstate relations.”
“As a result of the implementation of initiatives to develop inter-parliamentary relations, Turkmenistan has become a center of peacemaking, creation and friendship,” said the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty and recalled that with the support of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov and at the suggestion of Turkmenistan, the First Inter-Parliamentary Forum of Central Asian countries and Russia was held in Ashgabat.
Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov , invited to the meeting , said that Turkmen diplomacy is developing in multilateral areas, and thanks to the “unprecedented efforts of the Hero-Arkadag”, leaders and members of the Halk Maslakhaty and the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh regularly visit foreign countries, participate in forums and conferences of the regional and international level.
The official also recalled that this year, at the initiative of the ex-president, new tools for inter-parliamentary dialogue have been developed: the First Inter-Parliamentary Forum, as well as an agreement on the establishment of the secretariat of the Ashgabat Forum with headquarters in the capital of Turkmenistan.
Also, thanks to inter-parliamentary cooperation, the trade and economic partnership between Turkmenistan and Russia has reached a “qualitatively new level”. About 30,000 Turkmen students study in Russia, the official recalled.
Chairman of the Mejlis Milli Gengesh (lower house of parliament) Gulshat Mammedova spoke about cooperation with international organizations, including the UN. She said that the deputies of the Mejlis, together with members of the Halk Maslakhaty, political parties and public organizations, carry out socio-political events and propaganda work among the population to explain the laws being adopted, “especially the historical significance of Dovlet Maslakhaty and the decisions taken there.”
Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the Halk Maslakhaty Milli Gengesha Myakhri Byashimova noted that “the activity of the parliament has reached a qualitatively new level”, and “the positive philosophy of the Hero-Arkadag “Dialogue is a guarantee of peace” is the main factor in maintaining and strengthening peace and sustainable development in the system of international interaction based on equality”.
At the end of the meeting, the ex-president instructed to take measures “to further improve the legislative system and implement grandiose socio-economic and democratic reforms under the leadership of the president.”
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan