QATAR AND TURKMENISTAN… STABLE RELATIONS BASED ON MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING /1/

Turkmenistan has opted to adopt (Neutrality) as political principle. The Turkmenistan international legal status (Permanent Neutrality) was recognized by the United Nations, when the General Assembly on Dec. 12, 1995 unanimously adopted a resolution to approve it. The country adopted at the same time in December 1995 its constitutional law which acknowledged Neutrality as the principle of foreign policy.

The Islamic culture plays an important role in rooting Qatari-Turkmen relations where the Republic of Turkmenistan, is considered to be a cornerstone to Islamic history and civilization.

Turkmenistan’s ancient cities of Nisa and Meru testify to the countries contribution to Islamic civilization through heavy caliber scholars like Al Marwazi and Al Nassa’ei. Turkmenistan represents a history museum contains a treasure of knowledge and science.

The area of Turkmenistan is 491,200 square kilometers. It is bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and the Caspian Sea. The capital city is Ashgabat. Turkmenistan’s population is six millions, nearly 85% of them are Turkmen, while the rest constitute different ethnicities like Uzbeks, Russians, Kazakhs, Persians, Armenians and Azeris. The majority of the population are Muslims.

The country has seen an economic and urban boom due to political stability and good relations with neighboring countries. Turkmenistan seeks to attract more tourism through establishing a several new tourist projects. Ashgabat was recently noted by the Guinness Book of World Records for having 543 white marble-clad buildings covering a total area of 4.5 million square meters.

The 133-meters Ashgabat Flagpole is one of the touristic monuments in Ashgabat. It is among the 5 tallest free-standing flagpole in the world. Next to Independence Monument of Turkmenistan, is the Independence Museum, a wonderful architectural masterpiece surrounded by huge statues of the Turkmen historic heroes.

The most famous cities of Turkmenistan are Turkmenbashi City, which was called Krasnovodsk during the Soviet era and Balkan City, a port with the largest oil refinery and the richest provinces of the Republic of Turkmenistan. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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