The chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the CIS in 2019 is important for strengthening ties between the participating States, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive secretary Sergey Lebedev said at the meeting in the foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, the website of the foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan reports. The guest also stressed that the development of mutually beneficial relations with Turkmenistan remains one of the priorities of the Commonwealth. During the meeting, the parties discussed the process of preparation for the upcoming summit meetings within the CIS. In particular, organizational issues related to the holding of the Council of heads of government of the CIS member States on may 31, 2019 in Ashgabat were considered. As noted, Sergey Lebedev arrived in the capital of Turkmenistan to participate in the XIV Forum of creative and scientific intelligentsia of the CIS member States, as well as in the meeting of the intergovernmental coordinating Council on seed issues of the CIS, which will be held on may 15-16 in Ashgabat.