Governor-General: Australia interested in cooperation with Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Oct. 22 / Trend H. Hasanov /
The Australian government is very interested in the further cooperation with Turkmenistan in the bilateral and multilateral formats, Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce said.
"Let me express my confidence that the friendly relations between our two countries will continue flourishing in the coming year and the future," a letter dedicated to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence said.
Mrs. Bryce stressed that the common interests in the development of peace and security in our regions and worldwide provide the possibility of cooperation in a multilateral format, in which we can participate, including the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations.
The letter said that the Australian government believes that such global challenges as climate change, international development and disarmament require advanced global solutions. Multilateral institutions, especially the UN, provide the best opportunities to jointly combat these challenges.
Turkmenistan has a status of a neutral state. It proposed to establish a forum on security, peace and cooperation in Central Asia and Caspian Basin within the UN. Moreover, a number of initiatives on the global energy security, environmental protection and restoration of stability in neighboring Afghanistan were voiced.
There is the headquarters of the UN regional centre for preventive diplomacy in Ashgabat.