On May 4, 2020, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in the format of a Contact Group dedicated to countering the coronavirus infection COVID-19 and conducted via video link.
The main topic of the forum was the consolidation of common efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which has become a new, extremely serious challenge for the entire world community.
At the current summit, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement, Ilham Aliyev, with great respect gave the floor to the President of Turkmenistan.
Speaking at the video forum, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked President Ilham Aliyev for the initiative to convene this meeting, dedicated to the most acute problem that humanity has faced.
The head of state expressed his conviction that the Non-Aligned Movement, which includes 120 states united by a common responsibility for the fate of the planet, cannot remain aloof from its decision. In this sense, today's online meeting is meaningful and timely; it provides an opportunity to exchange views and assessments of a difficult situation, and outline ways to overcome it.
Taking this opportunity, expressing full support from Turkmenistan on the part of WHO and sincerely thanking its leadership and staff for their dedicated and professional work, the head of state emphasized that our country will continue active cooperation with this important international structure and is ready to render all possible assistance to it.
Continuing the theme, the head of Turkmenistan also emphasized the need for more effective cooperation with the United Nations and its specialized structures.
Addressing the participants of the video forum, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that, along with the urgent measures and tasks of today, we must think about the future.
The global energy market has never encountered such difficulties as the current ones. Under these conditions, the establishment of energy supplies to world markets on fair and transparent principles, equality, recognition and consideration of the interests of states is of particular importance, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The most important aspect of achieving this goal is the diversification of energy flows.
The same can be said about transport, the head of Turkmenistan continued, emphasizing the need for a quick and complete restoration of transport links between countries and regions, transit corridors, and the search for new routes. This work will lead to the creation of a new infrastructure and, as a result, to the solution of many social problems, overcoming unemployment, creating new jobs.
In conclusion, the head of Turkmenistan expressed support for the proposed draft Declaration, wishing all the participants of the meeting good health and success, and peace and prosperity to the peoples of the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.
The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the current Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement, expressed gratitude to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the initiatives put forward to coordinate global efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and constructiveness in the development of cooperation.