The Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres held a phone talk with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President-elect of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov on Tuesday, the official media of Turkmenistan reports.
During the telephone conversation, the UN Secretary-General congratulated the President of Turkmenistan on the early Presidential elections successfully held on a broad alternative basis, in an atmosphere of transparency and openness.
António Guterres also expressed gratitude to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for supporting the United Nations throughout his 15 years as the President of Turkmenistan.
Having wished the Head of the UN good health, long life and success in addressing the global issues, the Turkmen Leader handed over the phone to the President-elect of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
Warmly congratulating Serdar Berdimuhamedov on his convincing victory in the elections, the Head of the UN wished him success in his important and responsible post.
Sincerely thanking António Guterres for congratulations and wishes, Serdar Berdimuhamedov stressed that he intends to continue the course started by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to further expand and strengthen all-round cooperation with the UN.
Early presidential elections were held in Turkmenistan on March 12. Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Serdar Berdimuhamedov won a landslide victory, gaining 72.97% of the votes.