The bottom of the drying Aral Sea sends over 150 million tonnes of toxic dust every year around the world. People in Asia, Europe and even in Antarctica inhale it every day. The hazard zone from the consequences of the largest environmental catastrophe of mankind has long exceeded the limits of Central Asia. It is demanding urgent measures from the world community.
Turkmenistan plans to start building railway ferries, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Manmathan Chakaev said.
The exchange of ratification documents of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, signed on April 18, 2017, took place in Aktau, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a statement Aug. 13.
The next VI summit of the heads of the Caspian states will be held in Turkmenistan within the agreed time frame, the final communiqué of the fifth Caspian summit, held yesterday in Aktau reads, the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan said in a statement.
Meeting in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau, the leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan have signed a new convention on the legal status of the resource-rich Caspian Sea -- a matter disputed between the five neighbors for more than 20 years.
It is planned that at the fifth Caspian Summit with the paticipation of the heads of state of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia and Turkmenistan the issues of cooperation in economics, transport, protection of bio-resources and security will be discussed. It was said by Director of the International Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Arman Issetov, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
The glass producing enterprise in the Ovadandepe town of the Akhal region of Turkmenistan has concluded contracts with consumers from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the "Neutral Turkmenistan" newspaper writes.
Iran and Turkmenistan have taken their dispute over gas supplies to international arbitration, the director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) and the deputy minister of oil of the country said.
... And what is important: the horrific consequences of human activities, harmful to the Aral Sea, and continuing despite all the efforts to this day, one way or another will impact all the states within Central Asia without exception. Already millions of adults and children are suffering, as before the Aral Sea is spoken of as a glorious past, as a fairy tale that has come to an end prematurely and tragically, but still there is hope. Hope that the five countries of the region will take control of the situation once and for all -- they will sit at the negotiating table and, throwing back its internal, personal interests and ambitions, will unite in saving the common future for everyone...
Turkmenistan attaches special importance to the development and adoption of the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan Dovlet Khabarlary state news agency quoted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as saying.