Turkmenistan Marks its 25th Day of Independence

On November 9, at the historic building of the Tbilisi City Assembly on Freedom Square, the reception dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Day of Independence of Turkmenistan took place.

The Ambassador of Turkmenistan, Dovletmyrat Muratov, met a large group of guests composed of diplomats, representatives of international organizations, media and others.

“The 27th of October 1991 marked our Independence Day,” he said. “It was a glorious day in the history of Turkmenistan. Having achieved Independence, Turkmenistan began on its way to independent development; reviving its glorious heroic history, original heritage, humanistic principles and noble traditions.”

The country quickly improved both the state and social system and implemented large-scale economic reforms.

“Turkmenistan has frequently been the venue for major international forums, the agenda of which include the pressing issues of the day. In 2016, Ashgabat [the capital] will host the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, evidence of the increasing prestige of Turkmenistan in the world,” Mr. Muratov stated, adding: “At the present stage of independent development, our country is implementing comprehensive reforms in all branches of the economy, spheres of science, education, public health, sports, culture and tourism.”

The Ambassador went on to talk about Turkmenistan’s large-scale energy projects- the gas pipelines of Turkmenistan-China and Turkmenistan-Iran. “Today, the state strategy of accelerated transformation of Turkmenistan from an agrarian state into a developed industrial power with a high technological and production cycle is becoming a reality.”

Ambassador Muratov also touched on bilateral relations with Georgia: “The establishment of a fruitful dialogue with Georgia is one of the strategic directions of Turkmenistan's foreign policy. Relations between our countries are actively developing. The Georgia-Turkmenistan Intergovernmental Commission plays a significant role in intensifying our partnership. Bilateral relations include seeking ways to enhance our collaboration, the main directions of which are the transport and energy spheres and the development of transport corridors.”

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze congratulated the Turkmen people on their Independence Day. He underlined the friendly relations between the two countries and thanked Turkmenistan for its unequivocal support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“Georgia and Turkmenistan have huge prospects for co-operation in large transport-energy projects,” he said, going on to highlight the importance of the Global Conference on Sustainable Transport, which will be held in Ashgabat on 26-27 November.

Maka Lomadze

10 November 2016 19:46