Ashgabat calls to enhance mutual understanding in Caspian region
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 1 /Trend H.Hasanov/
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov noted at the opening of the UN conference in Ashgabat on Friday that the initiatives put forward by the country's leadership aimed at further strengthening mutual understanding, security and stability in the world, including the Central Asia and Caspian region.
"The sustainable development of all nations and people in the community of nations was announced by the Millennium Development Goals', a statement says.
Mr Berdymukhamedov also said that one of the priorities of Turkmenistan's foreign policy strategy is the implementation of effective cooperation with the UN and contribution to the multifaceted efforts of the international community. The headquarters of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia is located in Ashgabat.
Whilst addressing the delegates of the General Assembly in New York last year, Mr Berdymuhamedov stressed the necessity of the Caspian Environment Forum,
"The most important question that goes far beyond regional boundaries is the environment of the Caspian Sea. We are convinced of the need to give specific content to international efforts to conserve the unique natural resources of the Caspian Sea," he said.
The Caspian Sea washes the coast of Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan.
The ability to export gas to Europe through the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan is also one of the most promising areas of energy policy for Turkmenistan which is ranked fourth by the largest natural gas resources in the world (after Russia, Iran and Qatar). The Turkmen delegation expressed its readiness to conduct an appropriate environmental review in order to implement this project.