Today YSU hosted the international conference “The status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan as a basis for a sustainable development and constructive international cooperation”. The Chair of Turkic Studies of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Yerevan State University, YSU Administration and the Embassy of Turkmenistan to Armenia organized it.
“Representatives of our friendly Turkmenistan are often hosted at YSU, attend our events, meet with our students and lecturers,” - said at the opening of the conference YSU Rector Aram Simonyan.
Last year, YSU hosted a conference dedicated to the 290th anniversary of birth of the great Turkmen poet Magtymguly Fragi. The presentation of the third edition of the Armenian version of his collection of poems also took place in the framework of the conference. The President of Turkmenistan, YSU Honorary Doctor Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wrote the introduction of this book. Then YSU representatives were awarded the “Magtymguly Fragi” medal.
On 12 December 1995, the UN General Assembly made a decision on “Turkmenistan’s permanent neutrality”, which over the years became the basis for the country’s foreign policy.
“It should be noted that the young sovereign Turkmen state was determined to pursue, neutral, but active and constructive foreign policy. Turkmenistan’s neutrality has become an important factor in maintaining peace in our region,” - said Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Armenia Muhammetniyaz Mashalov, continuing to list the missions that the country has taken since receiving this special status.
Representatives of the embassies of China, India, Iran, Japan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and a number of other countries also participated in the conference.
“I am glad to say that in recent years the cooperation between Armenia and Turkmenistan was on a high level, including the spheres of economics, culture and education. All this is based on the friendship between the two peoples, mutual respect for the traditions and culture,” - said Deputy Foreign Minister of the RA Sergey Manaseryan.
The reporters, who were mostly ambassadors, focused on the relations between Turkmenistan and their countries, development stages of these relations, political interaction, and so on. After a brief interval, discussions began.
We should add that an exhibition of photographs on the sights, national traditions and historical monuments of Turkmenistan was opened at YSU, too.