European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen expressed hope to contribute to closer cooperation between the European Union and Turkmenistan.
In a letter to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ursula von der Leyen expressed appreciation for the congratulations from Turkmen Leader on her election as President of the European Commission.
“The international relations are influenced by many global challenges, which countries face more than ever in modern history,” von der Leyen notes in her letter. She added that during her term of office, she would like Europe to strive to strengthen the concept of responsible attitude to these global processes.
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 this fall.