Presidents of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to discuss problems of the Aral Sea in Avaza

On 24 August, 2018 recreational zone Avaza on the Caspian Sea hosted the session of the Council of the heads of the states of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS).

Presidents of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, of Kyrgyzstan Sooranbay Jeenebekov, of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmonand of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Turkmenistan to take part in the event.

Before the start of the summit President GurbangulyBerdymukhammedov held bilateral meetings with the leaders of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. The negotiations with the President of Kyrgyzstan, who is paying an official visit to Turkmenistan, were held a day earlier in Ashgabat.

The state information agency TDH reports that in the course of the session a wide range of issues to review the collaboration experience, the current state of interstate cooperation and prospects of joint activities pertaining to the Aral Sea problem were on the agenda.

The IFAS was established in 1993 with a view of improving the social and economic and environment situation in the Aral Sea region. Later, in 2009 Kyrgyzstan suspended its membership in the Fund as requests of some member states had been ignored by the participants and the IFAS reforms proposed by Kyrgyzstan had not been implemented.

Let us recall that in late May large areas of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were hit by the storm which brought salt dust from the Aral Sea region. Roads, trees, houses and agricultural fields in the affected areas had been covered with a thick layer of dust.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan