Turkmenistan aims to further develop and strengthen cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov informed the WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr. Hans Kluge in a meeting in Ashgabat on Thursday.
During the meeting, the sides highlighted the high level of interaction between Turkmenistan and the WHO and exchanged views on topical healthcare issues, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in its press release.
The Turkmen side informed the WHO Regional Director for Europe on the main initiatives and proposals put forward by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at different international platforms in the healthcare sector, confirming the commitment of Turkmenistan to further develop and strengthen cooperation with the world health body.
The meeting participants said the main condition for success in combating a common threat is the unification of all member states and UN institutions, excluding politicization and relying on the extensive use of tools and methods of scientific diplomacy.
To this end, the parties stressed the importance of organizing the International Forum of Medical Scientists "Medical Diplomacy – the Basis for a Healthy World" in Ashgabat on Friday to create the necessary conditions for a regular exchange of views and professional experience in the healthcare sector.
At the end of July, the WHO delivered new laboratory equipment to Turkmenistan to increase the country’s capacity for COVID-19 testing. The delivery is part of a collaboration between the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan and the country’s Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry to strengthen pandemic preparedness and response