Turkmenistan hosts int’l media forum via video conferencing

ASHGABAT: Turkmenistan on Wednesday hosted an international media forum via video conferencing dedicated to the 25th anniversary of adopting permanent neutrality as its foreign policy, according to Anadolu Agency.
Jointly organized by Ashgabat and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the media forum stated that Turkmenistan has been elected as vice-chairman of the upcoming 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
The participants hailed the expertise of Turkmenistan, noting that the country has already attended five different sessions as vice-chairman.
International and local delegates at the event praised the country’s effective foreign policy pursued by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Ibrahim Eren, acting president of ABU and chairman of the Turkish Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation (TRT), said that from the very beginning Turkmenistan has chosen this political course to promote global peace and stability.
Eren added that Turkey recognized Turkmenistan’s legal status of neutrality having officially opened the first embassy here after independence.
On Dec. 12, 1995, the UN General Assembly adopted the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan resolution unanimously.
In July 1992, Turkmenistan declared positive neutrality as part of its foreign policy at the Helsinki Summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
“Turkmenistan’s neutrality has recommended itself as an actual mechanism of establishment of fruitful cooperation in many fields including the media and strengthening of friendly and neighboring relations,” Eren added.
The event was held in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and attended by government officials, diplomats and over 300 international journalists.–Agencies