The International Conference "Foreign policy of Neutral Turkmenistan: Cooperation for Peace and Development" had been held at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

On February 18, 2017 in the building of the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan had been held a conference under the title: "Foreign policy of Neutral Turkmenistan: Cooperation for Peace and Development", devoted to the Day of diplomatic workers of Turkmenistan.

The conference was attended by Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, governors of provinces, heads of Mejlis, ministries and departments, heads of diplomatic missions and representations of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, Ambassadors and consuls of Turkmenistan, working abroad, employees of the diplomatic service of Turkmenistan, teachers and students of the higher education institutions, as well as representatives of public organizations of our country.

At the sidelines of the conference an exhibition of folk crafts and fine art, prepared by the embassies and representations of international organizations working in Turkmenistan was organized.

At the beginning of the conference a congratulatory address of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed the diplomatic workers of the country on their professional holiday have been read. It stated that "the historical event was the adoption of the UN General Assembly on 2 February, 2017 of the Resolution on the annual celebration of the December 12 as International Day of Neutrality. The decision of the Community of Nations was recognition of the huge role of neutrality in maintaining stability in the world. This is consistent with the goals of peace and sustainable development of all countries and peoples, the preservation of cultural and humanitarian values".

Speakers at the conference noted that the basis of the Turkmen diplomacy is the country's neutral status. It has been said that the country has entered the next stage - a period of sustained development and the successful implementation of large-scale reforms. It was emphasized that the basic principles of the policy of Turkmenistan as a neutral state - is the establishment of global peace and security, sustainable development. It was also noted that Turkmenistan has always stood for a peaceful, political and diplomatic solution of all contentious issues of international life.

It was emphasized that at the extended meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers the Concept of foreign policy of Turkmenistan for 2017-2023 years prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, has been adopted. The concept, designed for a seven-year period, is aimed at further strengthening the role and authority of the country on the world stage, the output to a new level of our country's cooperation with other states and international organizations to further build constructive cooperation on regional and global scale, for the sake of world peace, safety and well-being.

Within the framework of the conference the awarding ceremony was held. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan awarded with diplomas particularly distinguished young diplomats and students of the Institute of International Relations. At the end of the conference, the participants adopted a thanking Address to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.