Roundtable Devoted to Turkmenistan’s 25th Anniversary of Neutrality held in Brussels

On Friday 25 September, the Tangla Hotel in Brussels hosted a high-level roundtable on the topic of “Constructive Dialogue for Peace and Sustainable Development”, held on the auspicious occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan.

In his intervention, H.E. Tchary Atayev, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the EU, discussed the historical background and distinguishing features of Turkmenistan’s neutrality, and outlined the international initiatives being undertaken by Turkmenistan for regional and global peace, security, stability and development.

Following Ambassador Atayev’s speech, representatives from the Energy Charter, the Embassy of Afghanistan, the European Institutions, the European Institute for Asian Studies and Diplomatic World Institute took the floor and offered their perspectives on, among other topics, the implications of Turkmenistan’s neutrality status for relations with the European Union and its Member States (including increased trade relations); regional relations; solving the conflict in Afghanistan; engagement with the Energy Charter Treaty and strengthening connectivity across Eurasia.

The long list of distinguished attendees included H.E. Aigul Kuspan, Ambassador of Kazakhstan; H.E. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan; H.E. Muktar Djumaliev, Ambassador of the Krgyz Republic; H.E. Erkinkhon Rahmatullozoda, Ambassador of Tajikistan, H.E. Hassan Sobir, Ambassador of the Republic of the Maldives and Barbara Dietrich, CEO, Diplomatic World.

The afternoon concluded with a networking reception where guests were able to taste  Turkmen delicacies including Turkmen plov.

Barbara Dietrich, CEO, Diplomatic World
Alberto Turkstra, Programme Director, European Institute for Asian Studies & Project Manager, Diplomatic World Institute