President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Turkmenistan Nighthart HAlfer-Wissing, who presented the head of state with credentials.
Expressing appreciation for the time taken for the meeting, the diplomat conveyed greetings from the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, to the Turkmen leader. As noted, building up long-term full-scale cooperation with our country is one of the strategic vectors of the foreign policy of Germany and the European Union as a whole.
Welcoming the guest and congratulating him on his appointment to a responsible post, the head of state conveyed the reciprocal best wishes to the highest leadership of Germany. Confirming Turkmenistan's commitment to fully strengthen bilateral ties, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to the German government for supporting the initiatives of the Turkmen side within the United Nations, as well as for constructive partnership for peace and security in the region.
During the exchange of views on the state and prospects of Turkmen-German relations, the head of state and the plenipotentiary representative of Germany noted with satisfaction the high level of cooperation achieved in recent years. In this context, the mutual desire to diversify multidimensional interaction was emphasized.
Noting the tremendous potential for building up cooperation, the diplomat emphasized that this was made possible largely thanks to the constructive policy of the President of Turkmenistan, which pays great attention to strengthening dialogue with European countries. It is the Turkmen leader's proactive approach to building political, economic and cultural partnerships that predetermined the success of joint projects that have already been implemented and are being implemented.
Confirming the mutual focus on enhancing interaction, the Turkmen leader and the German ambassador outlined the priorities of the dialogue. Among the key vectors are the fuel and energy sector, the trade and economic sector, transport, urban planning, the agro-industrial complex and many other areas.
Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of humanitarian cooperation, in particular in such areas as health, culture, sports and tourism. Having noted with satisfaction the high level of partnership in the scientific and educational sphere, including through the German Academic Exchange Service, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the German Ambassador spoke in favor of continuing cooperation in this area.
One of the topics of the conversation was the exhibition Margiana the Kingdom of the Bronze Age on the Territory of Turkmenistan, which was organized by the relevant departments of the two states and for more than a year acquainted citizens and guests of Germany with unique artifacts from the collections of museums of our country. According to the diplomat, this fact testifies to the great attention paid by the President of Turkmenistan to the popularization of the national historical and cultural heritage.
Noting the productive nature of the joint work of Turkmen and German scientists in the field of archaeological research and preserving the manuscript heritage, the Turkmen leader emphasized that the activities carried out in the humanitarian sphere are designed to further develop partnerships and strengthen mutual understanding between the two peoples.
Thanking once again for the opportunity to meet in person and good wishes for success in working as the head of the German diplomatic mission in Turkmenistan, Mr. HAlfer-Wissing assured President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that he would contribute to expanding cooperation in the interests of the two countries.
Source: EMBASSY OF TURKMENISTAN REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN TASHKENT