On 25 September, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter, attended and spoke at a roundtable organized by the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Kingdom of Belgium and devoted to the 25th Anniversary of the Permanent Neutrality of the country. The roundtable discussed the origins, evolution and future of the concept of neutrality in steering Turkmenistan’s foreign policy as well as its various regional and global initiatives, such as those in the areas of trade and investments, energy, connectivity, and environment.
Turkmenistan’s membership in the Energy Charter Treaty was particularly emphasized, with reference to the country’s large-scale projects for the establishment of multidimensional export infrastructure and initiatives regarding reliability and stability of transit and the role of transit corridors. As mentioned in the welcoming remarks of His Excellency Chary Atayev, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, “Our country is persistently promoting the idea of joint development of formats for political and economic cooperation in Central Asia, including Afghanistan and the Caspian region, proposing and supporting large projects with the participation of different states. In addition to well-known projects to optimize and expand the geography of pipeline routes, these are proposals in the field of energy, environment, water resources, communications, initiatives on the creation of new interregional transport routes between the countries of the region with access to markets of Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East”.
The event has brought together representatives of the diplomatic community, EU institutions, international organizations and think tanks and was held under the title of Constructive Dialogue for Peace and Sustainable Development.