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‘Huge experience of mutually beneficial cooperation in political, economic, trade, cultural and humanitarian areas’Amb. Mammetalyyev of Turkmenistan says at Diplomatic Anniversary party

By The Korea Post Staff Reporter Sean Kim
Ambassador Myrat Mammetalyyev of Turkmenistan in Seoul said, “This year Turkmenistan and Korea mark the 25th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. For 25 years Turkmenistan and Republic of Korea have been developing their fruitful cooperation. Since then reached agreements and arrangements have been successfully realized in many spheres.”

Photo shows Ambassador Myrat Mammetalyyev of Turkmenistan in Seoul (7th from left, front row) posing with Ambassador Park Enna of Korea for Public Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea (8th from left, front row) with other guests. The other guests are, from left, Ambassadors Khamsouay Keodalavong of Lao Republic, (an ambassador to be identified), Mihai Ciompec of Romania, Yusuf Sharifzoda of Tajikistan, Mohammad Saleem Sayeb of Afghanistan, (an ambassador to be identified), Andrei Popkov of Belarus, Adel Mohammad Adaileh of Jordan, Dulat Bakisher of Kazakhstan, Nozuko Gloria Bam of South Africa, Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Grecia Fiodalicia Pichardo of Dominican Republic, Adrien Theatre of Belgium, Peteris Vaivars of Latvia, Dato Mohd Rosli Sabtu of Brunei Darussala, Fernando Danus of Chile, Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, Otar Berdzenishvili of Georgia, (an ambassador to be identified), Raul S. Hernandez of the Philippines, and Ambassador Tomas Husak of Czech Republic.

Ambassador Mammetalyyev made the statement at a reception he hosted with Madam Tazegul at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on Oct. 17, 2017.
Then he stated that in 2007 the Korean Embassy was opened in Ashgabat, while the Embassy of Turkmenistan here in 2013 and that within this period two sides have gained a huge experience of mutually beneficial cooperation in political, economic, trade, cultural and humanitarian areas. (See excerpts from the speech toward the end of this article.)
The Ambassador’s speech was responded to by an impressive congratulatory address by Madam Park Enna (Ambassador for Public Diplomat at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She said in part: “Korea and Turkmenistan enjoy a special relationship that goes back thousands of years. We share historic and cultural background along the Turkic Belt or the Silk Road. The people of the two countries boast the strong brotherhood sharing linguistic, cultural and ethnic characteristics. Due to historical circumstances in the 19th and 20th centuries, the brotherhood was disconnected but it was restored when the two countries established diplomatic ties 25 years ago.”
The reception was very well attended regardless of the predicament that night when there also were important diplomatic and other functions on the same night in Seoul.
Among the Korean and international dignitaries attending the party that night, besides Ambassador Madam Park were Ambassadors Khamsouay Keodalavong of Lao Republic, Mihai Ciompec of Romania, Yusuf Sharifzoda of Tajikistan, Mohammad Saleem Sayeb of Afghanistan, Andrei Popkov of Belarus, Adel Mohammad Adaileh of Jordan, Dulat Bakisher of Kazakhstan, Nozuko Gloria Bam of South Africa, Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Grecia Fiodalicia Pichardo of Dominican Republic, Adrien Theatre of Belgium, Peteris Vaivars of Latvia, Dato Mohd Rosli Sabtu of Brunei Darussala, Fernando Danus of Chile, Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, Otar Berdzenishvili of Georgia, Raul S. Hernandez of the Philippines, and Ambassador Tomas Husak of Czech Republic.

From right: Ambassador and Mrs. Myrat Mammetalyyev of Turkmenistan and Charge d’Affaires and Mrs. Begench Durdiyev of Turkmenistan.

There also were many prominent Korean personalities representing various segments of Korean society and the international community, which included the media whence came Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of

The Korea Post media with his reportorial staffers.

Excerpts from the speech of Ambassador Mammetalyyev:

This year Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea mark the 25th Anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. For 25 years Turkmenistan and Republic of Korea have been developing their fruitful cooperation. Since then reached agreements and arrangements have been successfully realized in many spheres.
In 2007, the Korean Embassy was opened in Ashgabat, while the Embassy of Turkmenistan here in 2013. Within this period two sides have gained a huge experience of mutually beneficial cooperation in political, economic, trade, cultural and humanitarian areas. A modern strengthening of relations between the countries was laid within the framework of state visits by the Presidents of two countries for the past 5 years.
On the international arena, Turkmenistan and Republic of Korea render mutual support and confidence to each other, particularly within the framework of interaction in the United Nations Organization.

Ambassador Madam Park Enna of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Over the years, major Korean companies including LG, SK, Hyundai, Samsung, Daewoo and Kia Motors, have been operating successfully in the Turkmen economy. Ambitious projects have included the construction of industrial facilities on the Galkynysh gas field, modernization of the oil refinery in Turkmenbashi and construction of a gas chemical plant in Kiyanly. More than half of Ashgabat’s public transport means such as buses and taxis are imported from Korea. In addition, Hyundai Motors was one of the official car suppliers of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which have been held in Turkmenistan in September 2017.
In the past years, trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Korea has increased exponentially. Korean partners have confirmed their willingness to provide advanced scientific and industrial developments for implementation of joint projects and train qualified specialists for the Turkmen economy. Turkmenistan and Korea also has opportunities to promote partnership in such spheres as textile and chemical industries, urban and road infrastructure development. Both countries pay great attention to the cultural and humanitarian relations.
We believe, that Turkmenistan and Republic of Korea have all basis for further development of mutually beneficial relations owing to creation of new model of cooperation, allowing fully uniting all advantages of two countries and getting from them practical output.
Availing myself of this opportunity once again I would like to welcome all of you at today’s reception and express my sincere gratitude for your coming. Please enjoy today’s evening!

Excerpts from the speech of Ambassador Madam Park:

Salam, Oran shat! (Hello, Nice to meet you!)

It gives me a great pleasure to be here celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Korea and Turkmenistan. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea, I would like to express special gratitude to Ambassador Mammetalyyev and the Embassy staff for organizing such a marvelous event.
Korea and Turkmenistan enjoy a special relationship that goes back thousands of years. We share historic and cultural background along the Turkic Belt or the Silk Road. The people of the two countries boast the strong brotherhood sharing linguistic, cultural and ethnic characteristics. Due to historical circumstances in the 19th and 20th centuries, the brotherhood was disconnected but it was restored when the two countries established diplomatic ties 25 years ago.

From left: Ambassadors Dato Mohd Rosli Sabtu of Brunei Darussala, Mohammad Saleem Sayeb of Afghanistan, Spouse Victor Decamps of the ambassadress of the Dominican Republic, Ambassador Adel Mohammad Adaileh of Jordan and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of the Korea Post media.

Over the past 25 years, our two countries have made significant strides, laying a solid foundation for mutually beneficial partnership. In particular, two presidential visits in 2014 and 2015 contributed greatly to the further deepening the bilateral relations between our two countries. Now we see widened cooperation in various fields: continued high level visits, active gas and infrastructure cooperation, increasing cultural and humanitarian exchanges, expansion of Korean language program in Turkmenistan, to name a few.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Located at the crossroad of the Eurasian continent, Turkmenistan faced geopolitical security challenges after its independence in 1991. However, Turkmen people were wise enough to overcome them by declaring permanent neutrality. Turkmenistan as a permanent neutral country is now contributing to the strengthening of peace and security in the Central Asia region.
Based on the security which is guaranteed by the neutrality, Turkmenistan is now trying to become the Eurasia transport network hub making full use of the advantages of being located in the middle of the Eurasian continent. Resolutions proposed by Turkmenistan on the Eurasian transport corridor were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2014 and 2015, which means that the vision of the transport hub won the world-wide support. With world-class technique, financial clout and know-hows of economic development, Korea is ready and willing to become a complementary partner to Turkmenistan.
Today, Korea and Turkmenistan proudly stand together as close partners. It is with great excitement and hope that we head forwards together for another 25 years of mutually beneficial partnership. To quote Magtymguly, a great poet of Turkmenistan - “in between the Amu-Darya and the Caspian sea, the wind of the Turkmen expands from the desert.” Going forward, I hope that in between the Karakum desert and the Korean Peninsula, a wind of ‘shared prosperity and cooperation’ will sweep through and surround us all in peace and harmony.
I wish you all a joyous evening and look forward to many more years of strong friendship between our two countries. Please allow me to propose a toast to the success and everlasting friendship of the people of Korea and Turkmenistan.

Songya chenli cheling! (Cheers!)

Sean Kim  edt@koreapost.com

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