VP Commends Ashgabat’s Foreign Policy

VP Commends Ashgabat’s Foreign PolicyVP Commends Ashgabat’s Foreign Policy

Turkmenistan's policy of neutrality in international relations has contributed to expansion of ties with Iran, the first vice president said.

Es'haq Jahangiri described as "positive" Ashgabat's decision to declare a status of permanent neutrality, saying it has helped "broaden and boost friendly and brotherly relations based on calm, peace and security", IRNA reported.

He made the statements on the occasion of Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan on Saturday in Ashgabat at an international conference titled "Policy of Neutrality, International Cooperation for Peace, Security and Development" to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly that recognized and supported Turkmenistan's declared neutrality.

The occasion, which is celebrated annually on December 12, is the second most important state holiday in Turkmenistan.

"Thanks to historical and cultural similarities, relations between the two countries have been growing steadily in all domains," Jahangiri said.

He underlined the interdependence of the security of neighboring countries, saying "We regard the security of our neighbors as our own."

Pointing to the activities of terrorist groups that have led to the death and injury of thousands and displacement of millions of people in the region, Jahangiri said, "If the international community fails to fulfill its responsibility to fight against this evil phenomenon, no country will be immune to its grave consequences."