Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Hajiyev on Tuesday held an online meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway to Turkmenistan (with residence in Oslo) Ole Johan Bernoy and the Special Representative of the Norway for Afghanistan Per Albert Ilsaas.
The meeting participants noted the commitment of the two countries to the further development of Turkmen-Norwegian ties in the political, trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian fields.
Confirming the similarity of positions on regional and international issues, the diplomats discussed the main areas of cooperation within the framework of international structures, in particular the UN. In this context, the sides noted the importance of holding timely political consultations and maintaining contacts between the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries. The parties also presented the positions of their countries in countering the coronavirus pandemic.
The participants placed particular emphasis on the contribution of neutral Turkmenistan, which for many years has been supporting processes to maintain peace and security in the Central Asian region. In this context, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informed the Norwegian diplomats about Turkmenistan’s state policy and foreign policy initiatives to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan and to create the necessary conditions for the successful socio-economic development of the country.
The parties considered the possibilities of developing trade and economic relations and establishing contacts between the business circles of the two countries.
The sides also discussed the issues of strengthening cooperation in the fields of education, healthcare, science and culture.