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21 June 2021

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Meeting with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Today, on June 21, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov met via videoconferencing with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov.

The parties expressed content with the current level of cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

During the meeting, an analysis of current and prospective projects in the framework of the human dimension of the OSCE activities was made.  The main aspects of the interethnic relations policy carried out in Turkmenistan were discussed.    

It was stated that one of the main vectors of joint work encompasses the education. The parties considered the opportunities of expanding the partnership in the framework of the “Central Asia Education Programme” project launched by the OSCE High Commissioner’s Office and aimed at rendering support in attaining progress towards the integration of various ethnic groups in Central Asia through the raise of educational level.   

In this respect, the importance of the Memorandum on Cooperation between the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan and the Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities on Multilingual and Multicultural Development in Turkmenistan was underlined.

Besides, the parties reviewed the key directions of cooperation of the Turkmen side with the Office of the High Commissioner in the framework of the National Action Plan on Human Rights in Turkmenistan for 2021-2025 adopted on the 16th of April of current year. An exchange of views took place regarding the organization of meetings on the level of experts, including the arrangement of regional and national events aimed at the preservation of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity and advancement of the intercultural dialogue.

The significance of the work of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat in the advancement of joint initiatives was stated.

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