President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the first trilateral summit held on Friday in Ashgabat paid special attention to environmental issues and effective management, protection and rational use of water resources, and ensuring the safety of hydraulic structures.
During the summit, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov expressed the importance of creating effective methods for managing water resources and taking practical steps to ensure sustainable access to water, designating this matter as one of the top priorities for the regional countries, the official Turkmen media reports.
“The matter is, in particular, about the introduction of water-saving technologies, the modernization of existing water facilities, other relevant measures and conceptual technological solutions that would allow us to meet the water needs of our countries in full and take into account mutual interests. One of such solutions could be the consideration of the possibilities of creating a water pipeline infrastructure,” President Berdimuhamedov said in his speech.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in turn, proposed to enhance cooperation in the field of introducing advanced water-saving technologies, digitalization of water management processes, using the potential of international fund for saving Aral Sea in these matters, as well as cooperation through partner organizations and structures.
The trilateral summit highlighted the priority importance of the rational use of the water resources of the Amudarya River. In addition, the parties stated the need to further improve the mechanisms of multilateral interaction in order to effectively respond to new challenges, including climate change and a potential increase in pressure on the water resources of the Amudarya River.
The summit talks also paid special attention to strengthening cooperation in the field of energy, improving cooperation in the field of transport and logistics, as well as expanding transit routes.