Initiatives on application of the principles of neutrality in the resolution of international issues exclusively emphasized in the Joint Communiqué of the 16th “Central Asia – EU” Ministerial Meeting

The Joint Communiqué adopted upon the outcomes of the 16th “Central Asia – EU” Ministerial Meeting had a special clause on the significance of the initiatives of Turkmenistan aimed at the enhancement of the role of neutrality policy as a vital and efficient tool for peace building and attainment of unanimous resolutions in the international relations.     

In particular, the heads of the external policy agencies of the European Union and the countries of Central Asia welcomed the initiative of Turkmenistan to host on the 12th of December 2020 in Ashgabat, an International Conference entitled as the “Policy of Neutrality and its Importance in Ensuring International Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development” devoted to the 25th anniversary of international recognition of permanent neutrality status of Turkmenistan.

Besides, the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan on organizing the High-Level Forum in the year of 2021, declared as the International Year of Peace and Trust by the United Nations General Assembly upon the initiative of Turkmenistan was supported.  

The participants of the Ministerial Meeting also welcomed the establishment of the Group of Friends of Neutrality for peace, security and development formed on the platform of the United Nations, among the members of which are some of the countries of Central Asia and the European Union.