The President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presented to the Russian colleague Vladimir Putin alaby Vepaly

The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived on October 11 with a working visit to Sochi (Russian Federation) for participation in the regular meeting of Council of heads of states of the CIS.

In the Congress center of the luxurious hotel "Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre" located on the picturesque coast of the Black Sea the meeting of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the Russian President Vladimir Putin took place.

The head of the Russian Federation thanked the Turkmen colleague for the accepted invitation to participate in the Summit of the CIS and also for the hearty and warm welcome extended to the Russian delegation during the recent official visit to Turkmenistan.

Having noted that during the meeting in Ashgabat the fundamental documents aimed at further development of the interstate relations in all their range were signed, Vladimir Putin expressed to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov sincere gratitude for fruitful joint operation.

Having thanked for kind words, the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov warmly congratulated the Russian leader on the birthday celebrated recently. Having wished Vladimir Putin good health, great success in his responsible state activities and all benefits, the Turkmen leader gave it as a gift a puppy alabay by name Vepaly (Faithful).

As Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized, "alabays long since are faithful companions and friends of the Turkmen people. And not accidentally alabay Vepaly was chosen the symbol of the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts games. This gift to Vladimir Putin symbolizes fidelity to traditions of centuries-old Turkmen-Russian friendship and the trusting personal relationships of heads of two states."

In the second half of day in the Congress center "of Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre" hotel the meeting of Council of heads of states of the CIS was opened, in which the President of Turkmenistan participated.

Being an associated member of the CIS, Turkmenistan actively participates in affairs of the Commonwealth, supporting development of fruitful interaction in a wide range of the directions, as in a bilateral, and multilateral format. Considering a cooperation in the area of the Commonwealth as one of important vectors of a foreign policy, neutral Turkmenistan builds the relations with the states of the CIS on the basis of good will, traditions of friendship, respect of interests of each other, the principles of equal dialogue and mutually advantageous long-term partnership.

Participation of the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the regular meeting of Council of heads of states of the CIS becomes confirmation of consecutive implementation of the foreign policy strategy of Turkmenistan as which major priority development of a constructive cooperation – both at the interstate level, and in a format of the authoritative regional and international organizations and structures acts.

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