Von der Leyen Wins Confirmation, Turkmen Leader Extends Congratulations

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Von der Leyen Wins Confirmation, Turkmen Leader Extends Congratulations
The European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July.

Ashgabat aims at further development of the established cooperation with the European Union.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sent congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Ursula von der Lyayen on her election as President of the European Commission, noting that Turkmenistan highly appreciates the relations with the European Union.

“We in Turkmenistan highly appreciate the relations with the European Union and are aimed at further development and strengthening of our multi-vector and effective cooperation,” President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized in his message.

Taking the opportunity, the Head of State wished the President-elect of the European Commission good health, happiness and well-being, as well as great success in a high and responsible post.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen was nominated to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker and lead the European Commission following marathon negotiations among EU leaders in early July.

The European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July.

“The trust you place in me is confidence you place in Europe, confidence in a united and strong Europe, from east to west, from south to north,” she said in her speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Ursula von der Leyen will represent the European Union, 28 countries and more than half a billion people that together form the richest collective in the world, in major events like the Group of 20 meetings. She will be tasked with advancing the bloc’s interests in trade talks with world leaders, and she will oversee Brexit, and its aftermath.

Ms. von der Leyen raised seven children and worked as a medical doctor before becoming a full-time politician in late 1990’s. She is also the first woman to hold the office of German Defence minister.

Ms. von der Leyen, 60, will begin her five-year term as European Commission president in November. The EU Delegation in Ashgabat is scheduled to open as of September.