Officials from the UN, UNDP and OSCE praise the contribution of Turkmen President in saving the Aral Sea

At the briefing to summarize the results of the summit of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) representatives of international agencies supported the initiatives put forward by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the state information agency TDH reports.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Asia Natalya Gherman emphasized the historic significance of the five-sided summit meeting, which was held thanks to the personal contribution of Turkmenistan's President.

� The trust-based atmosphere of the summit contributed to reaching constructive agreements between the five nations of the Central Asia region, � the UNDP Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Yelena Panova highlighted.

The OSCE Office in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd did not lag behind her colleagues. According to the diplomat, electing Turkmenistan the IFAS Chair demonstrates high appraisal of the country's efforts in ensuring the environmental safety in the region.

Let us recall that on 24 August, 2018 the first session of IFAS since 2009 which brought together the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan was held in the recreational zone Avaza on the Caspian Sea.

The heads of the state concurred that it is impossible to solve the problem of the Aral Sea without outside help. In the course of the meeting the sides agreed that joint efforts to address the basin divide issue and environmental problems of the Aral Sea region need to be undertaken. No specific proposals or plans, however, were articulated.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan