Dear Mr. Chairman, Dear Heads of State and Delegations,
First of all, let me warmly welcome all participants, leaders and members of delegations.
I express my gratitude to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, for inviting me to this important meeting as an honorary guest.
Dear Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich!
Taking this opportunity, I cordially congratulate you on the assumption by the Republic of Kazakhstan of the chairmanship in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization!
I wish you great success in all your endeavors during your country’s chair of this Organization.
Taking this pleasant opportunity, I heartily congratulate the esteemed Seyed Ebrahim Raisi on the admission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the SCO, as well as the esteemed Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko on the Decision to obtain the status of a full-fledged SCO member state by the Republic of Belarus.
I wish you great success and achievements in the framework of cooperation in the new format.
We consider our participation in this forum as a sign of high respect for Turkmenistan, its constructive foreign policy, evidence of mutual understanding of the prospects for mutually beneficial multifaceted partnership and readiness to implement them.
For Turkmenistan, relations with the Shanghai Organization are an important part of the strategy of international cooperation.
SCO members and observer countries are long-standing traditional partners of Turkmenistan, its neighbors and friends.
Therefore, we consider the development of dialogue with the Organization in organic connection with both the progressive course of bilateral cooperation and the general orientation of our participation in global and regional processes.
In this context, we have great respect and interest for the SCO initiatives in the economic, investment, transport, energy and other spheres, and we see good opportunities for our engagement in them on a mutually beneficial and long-term basis.
The prospects of such work are no longer in doubt today. It is due to the availability of a powerful resource and production base in our countries, the noticeable development of transport logistics, communications and communications, the acquired experience of partnership in bilateral and multilateral formats, and a number of other factors, especially in recent years.
At the same time, it is obvious that the success of our economic cooperation is possible only in conditions of ensuring lasting peace, stability and security. And Turkmenistan is ready for active cooperation with the SCO in the implementation of this most important two-track task.
In this regard, we suggest paying attention to a number of specific areas of work.
First: establishing political and diplomatic cooperation in the field of cyber and biosecurity;
Second: the formation of a mechanism for logistics activities aimed at creating new and improving the efficiency of existing intercontinental and regional transport and transit corridors;
Third: creating conditions for systemic and long-term cooperation in the energy sector through planning joint projects to diversify energy supplies. We are talking about meeting the needs of the SCO states, and about the prospects of entering foreign markets;
Fourth: establishment of a platform for effective partnership in the field of high technologies;
Fifth: coordination of joint work in the field of climate change, environmental protection and ecology. In this context, I suggest that all interested parties consider the possibility of participating in Turkmenistan’s initiative to establish a Regional center for technologies related to climate change.
As a first step, I consider it advisable to hold expert-level consultations on each of the above-mentioned areas.
We proceed from the fact that such consultations will allow us to better assess the opportunities and needs available to us, to develop on this basis the modalities of further joint work.
We also believe that such a format can be used in the future on other relevant aspects of the Turkmenistan–SCO dialogue, giving it a systemic character, including in such areas as culture and humanitarian cooperation, science, education, and healthcare.
We consider Turkmenistan’s relations with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in a strategic way. This approach is justified historically, by age-old spiritual and cultural ties that forge relations between our peoples and states.
This creates additional incentives and prospects for a long-term partnership between our country and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on regional and international agendas, within the framework of various multilateral institutions and supporting international organizations, primarily the UN.
Concluding my speech, I would like to emphasize that Turkmenistan is firmly committed to the course of full-scale cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
We highly appreciate the achieved level of mutual understanding, respect, trust and openness, clearly see the prospects and mutual benefits of cooperation, its compliance with the fundamental, genuine interests of our peoples and states.
We are ready for further constructive joint work. ///nCa, 5 July 2023
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