Ashgabat to assist Minsk in cooperation with OIC
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, April 28 / Trend H.Hasanov /
Turkmenistan will assist in establishing cooperation between Belarus and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), including the promotion of the Belarusian request for observer status in the organisation.
This is stated in the joint communique signed in Minsk as part of an official visit of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Belarus (April 27-28). The document was signed by the Turkmen leader Berdimuhamedov and head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
"The sides have agreed to provide Turkmenistan's assistance to Belarus in establishing cooperation with the OIC, including the promotion of the Belarusian request for observer status in the OIC," the document says.
OIC, earlier - Organisation of the Islamic Conference, is the largest Muslim governmental international organisation, which includes 57 countries with a population of about 1.2 billion people. The headquarters of the organization is located in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).
The joint communique also states that in Minsk the sides exchanged views on the implementation of existing agreements at the highest level.
"Heads of State expressed satisfaction that the joint efforts taken recently have led to tangible results," the document says.
The communiqué also notes that the parties reaffirmed their commitment to universally recognized norms of international law, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, strengthening the UN role in resolving all the issues of maintaining international peace and security and global development.
The parties stressed the importance of expanding cooperation in regional and international universal organisations, including the interaction on coordination in the fight against terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking and other transnational threats and challenges of the modern world.
The parties spoke in favor of further strengthening of cooperation in coordinating international efforts to combat human trafficking, including those within the group of friends, united in the fight against human trafficking.
The sides noted the importance of coordination of actions in the international arena in addressing global environmental problems, taking into account the differentiated responsibilities of States and the principles of sustainable development.
The Belarusian side has said that it welcomed the decision taken on the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the CIS in 2012 and believes that it will contribute to further development and strengthening of traditionally friendly relations between member states.