President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: The Economic Cooperation Organization has great potential for expansion of activities

Islamabad hosted XIII Economic Organization Cooperation Summit where President of Turkmenistan took part.

Speaking at the high level Summit, the Turkmen Leader noted that more than 20 years ago, on March 15, 1995, there was the third meeting of the Heads of the States and Governments of the ECO in Islamabad, which resulted in Islamabad Declaration on Award of Neutral Status to Turkmenistan. The Declaration became one of the first international documents, which made the foundation of the Resolution on Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, which was unanimously adopted by the UN general Assembly on December 12, 1995.

On February 2, 2017, the United Nation General Assembly also adopted the Resolution on declaration of December 12 as International Neutrality Day. The decision of the Community of Nations was the recognition of the great merit of the neutrality in provision of peace on the planet, security and stability, what in its turn meet the goals of sustainable development of all countries and peoples, careful preservation and consolidation of cultural, spiritual, and humanitarian basis of their life.

Turkmenistan considers the ground of the Economic Cooperation Organization as favourable condition for effective negotiations, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, having noted that it promotes the establishment of regional dialog in accordance to long-term interests of each of the state.

We are confident that the Economic Cooperation Organization has great potential for expansion of joint activities, particularly in such important sphere as security, which is very important for the region, - the Head of the State said. Turkmenistan sees its efficient provision in the basis of principles of unity and integrity of security. For us, the current status means that political, economic, energy, food, ecological and other securities cannot be provided separately, the Turkmen Leader continued, having mentioned that while being interrelated with each other in geo-political and geo-economic aspect, we have to form a single entity.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that Turkmenistan, recognizing the system of international energy supplies as one of the weakest links of the global economy, proposing relative initiative on that and relying on the support of the United Nations, steadily implements this initiative.

Another large initiative of Turkmenistan is the establishment of international legal base for reliable energy provision, which resulted in unanimous adoption of the Resolution on Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy Carriers and Its Role in Provision of Sustainable Development and International Cooperation by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 2008. The adoption of such important document is one of the first steps in establishment of international legal framework in global energy provision, particularly in its energy security.

Speaking of energy strategy of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that it is based on the principles of diversity of energy routes, expansion of their geography, involvement of more countries, which are interested in participation in international energy processes.

Continuing the subject, the Turkmen Leader noted that new gas pipelines Turkmenistan � Uzbekistan � Kazakhstan � China and Turkmenistan � Iran have been built and construction of Turkmenistan � Afghanistan � Pakistan � India gas main has started. All these projects are undertaken with participation of the Economic Cooperation Organization members.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the formation of modern transport and communication system among priority directions of the State policy of Turkmenistan. Implementation of large-scale and long-term national programmes is aimed at consolidation of equipment and facilities base of transport sphere, establishment if relative infrastructure, which meets time requirements as well as development and training of highly professional personnel.

National programme for development of transport system of Turkmenistan is closely related with expansion of regional and international cooperation in this direction, the leader of the Nation said, having emphasized that our country initiates large infrastructural projects and implements them together with foreign partners.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined construction of transnational railroads Kazakhstan � Turkmenistan � Iran, Turkmenistan � Afghanistan � Tajikistan, formation of transit transport corridors Uzbekistan � Turkmenistan � Iran � Oman, Afghanistan � Turkmenistan � Azerbaijan � Georgia � Turkey among these projects.

There are also other transport projects in North � South and East � West directions, the Head of Turkmenistan noted, having highlighted that their realization corresponds directly with the interests of the Economic Cooperation Organization members and opens broad opportunities for cooperation with other regions in Eurasian continent. In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that it is necessary to activate joint efforts in this field.

Having mentioned that in December of 2014 and 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted two Resolutions dedicated to the role of transport and transit corridors in provision of international cooperation for sustainable development, the Turkmen Leader highlighted that these documents established firm legal framework for organization of the First Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat. It would be reasonable to activate cooperation in this sphere under the Economic Cooperation Organization, - the President of Turkmenistan said, having proposed to organize the meeting of the ministers of transport of the ECO states in Ashgabat in this year.

Establishment of energy, transport and transit corridors under the Economic Cooperation Organization stimulates realization of other infrastructural projects. In particular, the practice shows the opportunity for laying new electrical systems and other communications near the pipelines, - the Head of the State highlighted.

For example, in December, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed trilateral document on cooperation in electrical energy sphere, which stipulated establishment of appropriate infrastructures for supply of energy from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Currently, fibre optic line is laid as well in trilateral format Turkmenistan � Afghanistan � Pakistan.

Having noted that the 7th Regional Conference of Economic Cooperation for Afghanistan is planned to be held in Ashgabat in Ashgabat on November 14 � 15, 2017, the Head of the State expressed the confidence that during this forum there would be an opportunity to study in details realization of these and other projects of regional importance.

In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that achievement of peace, security and harmony in Afghanistan has always been and continues to be the main condition for the progress and advanced movement in the region. All our political and diplomatic efforts and initiatives are aimed at achievement of this target, - the Turkmen Leader continued, having said that it speaks of full support of the efforts of fraternal Afghan people in stabilization of the situation and rehabilitation of social and economic infrastructure.

For many years, Turkmenistan renders real economic and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan what was reflected in construction of medical and educational facilities in neighbouring country, supply of energy by beneficial price, education of Afghan students in educational institutions of our country, systematic humanitarian aid and other support. All these is financed from Turkmenistan own budget.

To continue the subject, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov assured the participants that such systematic support would continue to be provided. The Turkmen Leader highlighted that this support is especially important in the current period of appearance of certain positive changes in internal political situation in Afghanistan.

Participation of Afghanistan in realization of large regional and international infrastructural projects is more efficient method in this direction, the head of Turkmenistan said, having made special mention that this is what we see as strategic future of Afghanistan, its role in regional and global issues and guarantee of prosperity and wellbeing of Afghan people.

We, the members of the Economic Cooperation Organization can consider achieved results as positive experience gained together, - the Turkmen Leader emphasized. But the time is moving ahea and current situation and tendencies in the world economy require the development of new approaches to the activity of the organization, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

At the same time, Turkmenistan considers current event as important stage in the work of the ECO, especially in evaluation and analyses of what has been done and definition of future prospects, - the Turkmen Leader highlighted.

We should not politicize this Organization and allow deviations from its economic content as the main mechanism of cooperation between the countries trying to realize joint projects aimed at accumulation of potential and achievement of successes for common interests, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated.

At the end of the speech, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed the confidence that all participants of the meeting agree with his thoughts.

During the Summit, the Heads of the States and high-rank representatives of the Economic Cooperation Organization states shared their visions on future development of efficient cooperation under this institution.

Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH