Overview of the speech of the Charge d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Turkmenistan Lubomir Frebort
(Ashgabat, 14 January 2020)
The European Union respects and appreciates the status of Turkmenistan, its policy of permanent positive neutrality, which is selected as the base of foreign course of the country, the EU representative highlighted.
The year 2019 was very important for relations between the European Union and Turkmenistan, which is our important and respected partner in Central Asia, Lubomir Frebort highlighted. Opening of the EU Representative Office in Ashgabat in the middle of the last year has become a top event in our relations and demonstration of the EU interest in strengthening and expanding the relations with Turkmenistan.
Advancement of the level of our relations allows us expanding political and economic aspects of joint efforts in strategic fields, such as security, energy, climate change, environment, diversification of the economy and development of private sector, supremacy of law, human rights and many others, the EU representative continued.
It was mentioned that some initiatives of neutral Turkmenistan proposed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov meet priorities of the EU, first in the matters of peace and stable development.
Regarding peace and security, including water safety, the EU recognizes lasting contribution of Turkmenistan in the settlement of situation in Afghanistan and this agenda is one of the main priorities of the EU security. We welcome initiative of Turkmenistan on declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust.
The EU entirely supports the policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on diversification of gas export markets. The construction of strategic Trans-Caspian gas pipeline and import of Turkmen gas remain an important part of the EU strategy in the sphere of energy security and recently, European Commission has included this project into the renewed list of priority energy projects. We have activated our bilateral and multilateral energy dialog in 2019 and are ready to continue it.
In the end, Lubomir Frebort expressed confidence that 2020 would give an opportunity for thorough preparation to the high-level meeting between the EU Government and Turkmenistan.