US State Department studies issues of democratization in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 31 / Trend H.Hasanov /
A U.S. delegation, headed by representative of the U.S. Department of State Susan Johnson Cook held a series of meetings in Ashgabat, the Turkmen government said on Saturday.
At the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under President of Turkmenistan the delegation familiarized itself with the most important aspects of the ongoing processes in the country, aimed "at further democratizing the Turkmen society, ensuring human rights and freedoms, including in the field of religion".
In this regard, the important role of the Interdepartmental Commission for the Institute to ensure implementation of Turkmenistan's international commitments on human rights was stressed.
The material also states that while recognizing the priority of generally recognized norms of international law, Ashgabat follows obligations to implement UN conventions ratified by Turkmenistan.
"A vivid example of this is the systematic improvement of national legislation, bringing it into compliance with constitutional and customary standards of international law. As part of an integrated program active work on the study of international experience and implementation of international standards in the legal documents of Turkmenistan is carried out," the statement said.
During the meeting at the Foreign Ministry the sides discussed priorities and prospects for cooperation, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
"The sides noted mutual interest in deepening and expanding all-round constructive Turkmen-American dialogue, developing new effective forms of partnership in order to maximize use of existing opportunities for cooperation in the light of contemporary realities," the statement said.