On the 23rd of June 2021, the Asia and Pacific High-level Conference on Cooperation in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative was held in the online format.  

The event on the topic of “Promoting Cooperation on Combatting the Pandemic for Sustainable Recovery” was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi.  The high-ranking officials of the countries of the Asia and Pacific region, Central Asia, as well as the representatives of international and regional organizations took part in the event. 

The Conference presented to the participants an opportunity to share their vision on the ways of strengthening cooperation with the account of the repercussions of the global pandemic. The agenda of the meeting also contained the issues of assisting economic resilience and promotion of the Green Silk Road for sustainable development.   

The vision of Turkmenistan in this regard was presented to the participants in the video statement of the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov.  He reiterated the adherence of the government to comprehensively assist the international efforts in combatting the pandemic and emphasized the coordinating role of the World Health Organization in this respect.

The head of the MFA of Turkmenistan voiced the actions of the Turkmen side on the national level and underlined the importance of the advancement of the international scientific cooperation in the area of medicine and healthcare.  In this regard, Turkmenistan intends to convene an International Forum of Medical Scientists for the promotion of practical collaboration.  

R.Meredov also underlined the significance of rendering assistance to economy on the global level, including the facilitation of the international trade, particularly through the simplification of transport and transit communication between the countries on which Turkmenistan actively works. 

In his speech, R.Meredov also noted the necessity of observing the rules of the Paris Agreement and underlined that Turkmenistan aims to cooperate further actively with the UN and relevant organizations for the protection of the ecology.