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EU: Borrell travels to Central Asia

Brussels 17.11.2022 The EU top diplomat Josep Borrell will travel to Central Asia, starting his visit in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 16 to 17 November, and continuing to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on 17 to 19 November. His mission aims to further strengthen and build on the positive dynamics in EU’s bilateral and regional relations, in particular through chairing the EU-Central Asia Ministerial and co-hosting the EU-Central Asia Connectivity Conference: Global Gateway.

In Kazakhstan, the High Representative will meet President Tokayev and Foreign Minister Tileuberdi, following which a joint press conference is planned at 11:40 local time (06:40 CET) on 17 November.

Josep Borrell will then travel to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where he will chair the 18th EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting, which is hosted by the Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to step up cooperation with the countries of the region in areas such as security, trade and investment, transport, green energy and sustainable growth, improved connectivity as well as closer cooperation in education, science and innovation. Ministers will also exchange on regional challenges, including the situation in Afghanistan and the negative consequences caused by Russia’s illegal military aggression against Ukraine. Following the meeting, a joint press point with Foreign Minister Norov is planned around 19:00 local time (15:00 CET) on 17 November.

On 18 November, High Representative Borrell, will co-host the EU-Central Asia Connectivity Conference: Global Gateway. The conference will explore three themes: digital connectivity, transport connectivity, and energy connectivity between Central Asia and the European Union. In this context, the EU, together with International Financial Institutions, will aim to stimulate investment in the region. Hight Representative will deliver the opening statement at 10:00 local time (06:00 CET).

In the margins of the Conference, Borrell will meet with the President of Uzbekistan and Foreign Ministers of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan to discuss bilateral relations and regional cooperation.

EU-Central Asia Security Dialogue

Brussels 01.07.2021 The eighth High-Level Political and Security Dialogue between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – took place on Thursday, July 1, in Tashkent, with the participation of Afghanistan as special guest.

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss regional dynamics and advance region-to-region cooperation on a broad spectrum of issues, including border management, security and the promotion of sustainable connectivity.

The EU welcomed the upcoming conference on Central Asia-South Asia connectivity to be held on 15-16 July in Tashkent, which would provide space for reiterating international support to initiatives aimed at linking up Central Asian states, Afghanistan and their neighbours more closely as a key factor for peace, resilience and prosperity.

Participants expressed their shared concern about resurging violence in Afghanistan and stressed their common determination to continue to work together to promote a genuine and inclusive peace process in the country.

The EU confirmed that the key priorities of its strategy on Central Asia of 2019 would guide the programming of its aid for the budget cycle 2021-2027.

Participants agreed to work together to organise a first EU-Central Asia Economic Forum, EU-Central Asia Conference on Tourism and third EU-Central Asia Civil Society Forum by the end of this year. The EU welcomed the proposal to organise a high-level conference on Connectivity in 2022.

The Dialogue was chaired by EEAS Deputy Secretary-General for political affairs Enrique Mora.

Turkmen Ambassador denies domestic violence

Brussels 13.05.2021 Contacted by radio Sputnik, the Turkmen Embassy in Paris denied and described as “absolutely incorrect” the information published in Le Parisien, according to which the ambassador of this country is suspected of violence against his wife and daughter.

Turkmenistan’s diplomatic mission in France responded to reports in Le Parisien about alleged violence by Chokhrat Djoumaïev, Turkmen ambassador to France, against his wife and daughter.

According to a police source, Le Parisien wrote on May 13 that the wife of Turkmenistan’s ambassador to France had contacted the police to denounce violence inflicted on herself and her 19-year-old daughter by her husband.
The wife of Ambassador has contacted the police at around 5.30 p.m. to denounce the violence that this 46-year-old senior diplomat allegedly inflicted on her, as well as on her 19-year-old daughter. .

The facts would have occurred on May 12 in the XXVIth arrondissement of Paris, the daily said. The Turkmenistan Embassy in France is also located in this district.

According to Le Parisien, when the police arrived, the diplomat was not present at his home. The women have been relocated, again according to the daily.

Due to the diplomatic immunity of the alleged perpetrator and his victims, no investigation could be initiated.

The Paris prosecutor’s office told the daily that they had no “information to communicate at this stage” on the subject.

The Turkmen diplomat, who was not present at the family home when the police arrived, has diplomatic immunity as an ambassador, as does his family, which explains why, according to our information, the prosecution requested that no act or writing is carried out within the framework of the appeal of his wife.

EU delegation in Turkmenistan

Following a decision of Federica Mogherini, the head of the European External Action Service (EEAS) the EU will open a Delegation in Turkmenistan. This will take the number of EU Delegations around the world to 141 in total.

Fast changing regional dynamics and the growing importance of sustainable connectivity between Europe and Asia bring Central Asia to the centre of our attention. Countries in the region, especially Turkmenistan, are increasingly looking to the EU as a reliable partner for reforms, modernisation and to face the global challenges of today”, Federica Mogherini said. ‘And the European Union is keen as well to strengthen its cooperation with the region. By opening a new Delegation, we are responding positively to this demands and sending a strong signal to the Turkmen and European citizens about our engagement.”

“The establishment of a new Delegation in Ashgabat will enable the European Union to step up political, economic and sectoral dialogue and cooperation with Turkmenistan. The decision reflects the EU’s wish to fully engage with Turkmenistan in areas of strategic interest such as security, human rights, energy, climate, and the rule of law” EEAS. 

“The decision by the High Representative/Vice-President follows the agreement of the Commission and the Council of the European Union and will be implemented in the course of 2019” EEAS.

Towards Turkmenistan elections

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A Presidential election was held in Turkmenistan on Sunday 12 February 2017. It is a positive sign that the OSCE/ODIHR was invited by the authorities of Turkmenistan to observe the election, and deployed an Election Assessment Mission in the country. For the first time, candidates from political parties other than from the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan and those nominated by citizens’ initiatives were able to register and run in the election, -says the statement of the European External Action Service.

“The European Union will pay careful attention to the final report of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Assessment Mission, with its findings and recommendations. Notwithstanding the report’s findings, it is nevertheless evident that the absence of a functioning opposition, insufficient separation of powers between different branches of government, and the state monopoly over the media sector had a negative impact on the election campaign and limited citizens’ ability to choose between real political alternatives. These weaknesses, alongside additional significant shortcomings related to the freedoms of expression, of peaceful assembly and of the media, as well as access to information, should be effectively addressed by Turkmenistan’s authorities. The European Union stands ready to assist in this process”. – ensured the EEAS service.

“Turkmenistan is an important partner country of the European Union in Central Asia. The European Union stands ready to work with the re-elected President of Turkmenistan to step up its current engagement with this country’s government and its people.”

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