Statement by H.E. Najibullah Alikhil, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Turkmenistan

Statement by H.E. Mr. Najibullah Alikhil,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Turkmenistan,
At the Conference “The Constitution of Independence,
 Permanently Neutral Turkmenistan and State Flag of Turkmenistan.
May 16, 2020- Ashgabat



Distinguished Head of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan,
Mr. Chairman of the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, on behalf of the President and the people of Afghanistan, I would like to express my sincere congratulations to the President of Turkmenistan, His Excellency Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Parliament, the Government, and the brotherly people of Turkmenistan on the auspicious occasion of celebrating the Day of Constitution and State Flag of Turkmenistan.

28 years ago, on May 18th 1992, the Constitution of independent and sovereign State of Turkmenistan was adopted.  The main Law and the State Flag are the most powerful symbols and national heritage of the country, reflecting the recognition of fundamental rights and aspirations of the people of Turkmenistan.

The Constitution provides the solid foundation and guarantee of the permanent neutrality; it formulates the main directions of internal and foreign policy of Turkmenistan for the wellbeing and prosperity of the people, contribution to peace, good neighborhood, and international cooperation.

Distinguished Participants,

Over the past nearly three decades after its independence, under the wise leadership of His Excellency the President of Turkmenistan, this country has gained significant progress in improving social, economic and political life of the people.

In the past, as positive trend, some constitutional amendments have been made, and currently some new reforms are also underway aiming further dynamic development and preserving the rights and interests of the people of Turkmenistan, enhancing its role and prestige in international arena.

Based on the Constitution, the status of Permanent neutrality adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 12, 1995, has been the main victor and direction of the Foreign Policy of Turkmenistan. The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the  Permanent neutrality  this year,  would be a historic event reaffirming the vital importance of this neutrality for preserving the sovereignty of Turkmenistan, and  its  peace loving role in the international system.

Turkmenistan has invested a lot in the UN system; its neutrality and good neighborhood policy have always been a place to help others resolving their problems by negotiations and peaceful means.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan have very unique relationship in the region; we are brothers and good neighbors. The basis of our relations is first of all mutual respect, we love and respect the Turkmen people and they love an‍d respect the Afghan people.  In 2019 we have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries that laid down the basis of partnership for decades and centuries to come. We share long borders of friendship and peace, and our security and prosperity are deeply interconnected with each other.

Actually, our relations are the model for regional economic cooperation and connectivity. We have an excellent bilateral cooperation in all fields and also engage in some very important trans-national projects such as TAPI, TAP, and Lapis Lazuli Corridor with 5 participating countries namely Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, connecting South Asia with Central Asia, Caucuses and Europe. We strongly believe that the implementation and realization of these huge economic projects will bring peace, prosperity and development to the region and it will transform our lives together.

Уважаемые участники Конференции,

Пользуясь случаем, имею честь поделиться с вами хорошей новостью. Вчера, 15 мая, Его Превосходительство Президент Туркменистана подписал  Указ о помиловании, в честь священной ночи в месяц Рамадан «Гадыр гиджеси», 126 (ста двадцати шести) осуждённых граждан Афганистана, в знак братских и добрососедских отношений между нашими странами, гуманной и миролюбивой  политики Туркменистана.

В этот священный день, эти помилованные афганцы уже будут у себя дома среди своей семьи.

Это является ярким свидетельством милосердия, доброты и гуманизма Президента Туркменистана.

У меня нет слов, чтобы выразить признательность и благодарность, от имени Президента Афганистана и членов каждой семьи этих помилованных афганских граждан, только хочу сказать одно: «Огромное спасибо многоуважаемый Президент Туркменистана».

В заключении, позвольте мне ещё раз выразить искренние и наилучшие пожелания дальнейшего развития, процветания, счастья и успехов братскому народу Туркменистана.

Спасибо за внимание.  

External Sources: MFA Turkmenistan