Observance of a National Day of Mourning for Former President George H. W. Bush

In recognition of the death of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, President Donald Trump has declared a National Day of Mourning on December 5, 2018. The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat and the American Center will be closed December 5 to honor President Bush’s service and legacy. The Embassy will ...
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American Film Experts Present Documentary Films in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, November 14, 2018 – On Sunday, November 18, the U.S. Embassy will sponsor screenings of three critically-acclaimed independent documentary films, at Ashgabat Cinema, followed by a Q&A session with American film experts. Leading up to the event, three American film experts—director James Q. Chan, filmmaker Tim Skousen, and American Film Showcase representative Jennifer Phan—will ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard Led Diplomatic Visit to Site of Dayahatyn Cultural Preservation Project

Ashgabat, November 5, 2018 – On Thursday, November 1, Ambassador of the United States to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard led an excursion to the Dayahatyn Caravanserai for members of the local diplomatic corps. The purpose of the visit was to examine progress of a cultural preservation project funded through the U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Fund ...
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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Puma Concludes Delegation to Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, October 29, 2018 – Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asian Affairs Emilia A. Puma led the U.S. delegation to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on October 25–26 for the fifth U.S-Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations. The Annual Bilateral Consultations with Turkmenistan, last held in Washington, D.C. in 2015, are a regular mechanism to discuss the ...
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Instructions for the 2020 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2020)

The annual DV program makes diversity immigrant visas available to persons meeting simple but strict eligibility requirements. A computer-generated random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas, however, are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – On the Occasion of Turkmenistan National Day

Ashgabat, September 28, 2018– On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people and government of Turkmenistan as you commemorate your country’s Independence Day. The United States and Turkmenistan work together in pursuit of our shared interests in a region of prosperous, independent, and sovereign states. We look toward ...
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United States Hosts the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, September 20, 2018 – The United States will be holding its flagship international business event, the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum, in Uzbekistan for the first time. The event, organized by the U.S. Agency for international Development (USAID) and co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Trade of the Government of Uzbekistan, will ...
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The U.S. Embassy will conduct an Auction on August 17, 2018

On Friday August 17 2018, the U.S. Embassy will conduct an auction at the U.S. Embassy, Karz Bank. The auction will last from 9:00am to 12:00pm. At the auction, the Embassy’s General Services Office will sell residential, office and computer property. Successful bidders will be notified by phone the same day for payment and pickup ...
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U.S. and U.K. Embassies Hosted Oxford Professor to Discuss Silk Road

Ashgabat, July 6, 2018 – The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, in partnership with the Embassy of the United Kingdom, hosted a visit to Ashgabat by Professor Peter Frankopan of Oxford University as part of a program to promote dialogue on the historic legacy of the Silk Road. Dr. Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford ...
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Independence Day Speech

Dear Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov, fellow ambassadors, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Thank you for joining us as we commemorate our 242nd Independence Day. Thank you to Presidents Donald Trump and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for their commitment to a strong U.S.-Turkmen relationship. And thank you ...
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U.S. and U.K. Embassies Host Oxford Professor to Discuss Silk Road

Ashgabat, June 29, 2018 – The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, in partnership with the Embassy of the United Kingdom, will host a visit to Ashgabat by Professor Peter Frankopan of Oxford University as part of a program to promote dialogue on the historic legacy of the Silk Road. Dr. Frankopan, Professor of Global History at ...
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USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Promotes Trade and Cooperation on First Official Visit to Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, June 14, 2018– U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator for Central and South Asia, Javier Piedra, visited Turkmenistan as part of his first official visit to Central Asia. Piedra visited Turkmenabat and Ashgabat to see first-hand how USAID programs are benefiting Turkmenistan by strengthening the investment climate and supporting the private ...
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Joint Statement on North Korea

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of ...
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Travel and Medical Advisory

Event: Some parts of Turkmenistan, including Ashgabat, are currently experiencing a dust cloud covering. It is believed this mixture of salt particles and dust is from the area around the Aral Sea carried here by strong winds, but we cannot independently confirm this information. The U. S. Embassy Health Unit, in consultation with colleagues in ...
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USAID Bolsters Turkmen Transport and Logistics Companies

Ashgabat, May 24, 2018 – Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) concluded a five-day workshop designed to help transport and logistics companies in Turkmenistan improve their management systems and increase their export opportunities. Turkmenistan has developed numerous large-scale infrastructure projects to improve trade potential but, without good management practices, local transport and logistics ...
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U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Turkmenistan’s Cultural Heritage

Ashgabat, May 11, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard will visit Mary province on May 16 to take part in the closing ceremony for restoration and conservation of the Greater and Lesser Gyz Gala monuments in Ancient Merv, supported by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The ceremony will be held at Gyz ...
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Bike Diplomacy: U.S. Embassy Promotes Silk Road Connectivity with Bike Trip across Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, March 28, 2018 – Public Diplomacy Officer J.R. deLara will bike across Turkmenistan March 31 – April 12 to demonstrate support for regional connectivity, promote U.S. educational and exchange programs, and learn more about life in Turkmenistan outside the capital. J.R. will depart from Farap on March 31 and expects to reach the Caspian ...
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USAID Supports Producers with Export Promotion in Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, March 28, 2018 – The U.S. Agency for International Development Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Program in Central Asia, in partnership with the Turkmenistan Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (UIE), held a seminar for local producers to help strengthen their export potential. To increase their revenue and earn hard currency, Turkmenistan’s producers look to foreign ...
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Statement by Deputy Secretary Sullivan on the Occasion of Nowruz

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 19, 2018 As spring arrives, I wish the people of Iran and everyone who celebrates this wonderful tradition a happy Nowruz. Today, I offer my best wishes to all of the communities here in the United States, as well as in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, ...
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The U.S. Embassy will conduct an Auction on March 30, 2018

On Friday March 30,2018, the U.S. Embassy will conduct an auction at the U.S. Embassy, Karz Bank. The auction will last from 9:00am to 12:00pm. At the auction, the Embassy’s General Services Office will sell residential, office and computer property. Successful bidders will be notified by phone the same day for payment and pickup arrangements. ...
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Joint Statement of Guiding Principles From the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 13, 2018 We, the Foreign Ministers and principals of the Global Coalition, have come together in Kuwait City united in our determination to defeat ISIS/Da’esh through a focused, sustained, multifaceted effort. We know our enemy: ISIS/Da’esh is intrinsically malevolent, celebrates cruelty, systematically violates international law and ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Foreign Policy Puts America First

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 30, 2018 “As we rebuild America’s strength and confidence at home, we are also restoring our strength and standing abroad.” – President Donald J. Trump Charting a New Course: President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy is putting the interests and security of the ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. January 30, 2018  [Following are excerpts related to U.S. foreign policy.] Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: * * * * America has also finally turned the page on decades of unfair ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the World Economic Forum

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 26, 2018 World Economic Forum Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland 2:02 P.M. CET PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you, Klaus, very much. It’s a privilege to be here at this forum where leaders in business, science, art, diplomacy, and world affairs have gathered for many, many ...
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Telephonic Press Briefing with Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia

Moderator: Greetings to everyone form the US. Department of State, I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe and Central Asia, and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Today we are pleased to be joined from Washington by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador ...
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A Year in America for High School Students!

American Councils for International Education announces the 2018 testing schedule for the U.S. Government-funded FLEX Exchange Program for High School Students. Finalists in the competition will have the opportunity to live with an American family and study in an American high school during 2018-2019 school year. The FLEX program pays for all travel, housing and living ...
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U.S. Embassy Brings American Musicians to Holiday Concert in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, December 22, 2017 – The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring a fourth and final trip by four musicians from the United States to work with the Turkmen National Conservatory, culminating in a joint concert on Saturday, December 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Magtymguly National Music and Drama Theatre. The concert will feature American classics, ...
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President Trump unveils security strategy for new era

In his first National Security Strategy, President Trump maps out a vision affirming that strong and sovereign states with diverse cultures are the best hope for a peaceful world. The president made clear that U.S. national security prioritizes the best interests of the United States and that the U.S. remains a force for good in ...
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U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Traditional Music Recordings for Posterity

Ashgabat, November 29, 2017 – Yesterday U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Kami Witmer celebrated the completion of a joint project with the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan to restore and digitize recordings of traditional Turkmen music. In 2012 the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat awarded a grant to the National Conservatory to help preserve endangered music for posterity and ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the FLEX Program

Each fall, the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, in cooperation with American Councils, has welcomed Turkmen students to apply for the Future Leaders Exchange Program, or FLEX.  In 2016, over 1,000 students applied for 25 spots to study at U.S. high schools during the 2017-18 academic year. Last year, American Councils conducted testing in Ashgabat, Balkanabat, ...
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Dashoguz American Corner Reopens – Embassy and Partners Celebrate 15 Years with a Modern Redesign

Ashgabat, November 14, 2017 – On November 1, U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard cut a ribbon to mark the reopening of the Dashoguz American Corner in a new, modernized space. The date also marked the 15th anniversary of the original opening of the Dashoguz American Corner, which hosts over 12,000 visitors per year. More than 50 ...
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Joint Statement by the President of the United States and the President of the Russian Federation

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 11, 2017 President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S.-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between U.S. and Russian military professionals that have ...
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program DV-2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards Grant to Restore Silk Road Site at Dayahatyn

Ashgabat, August 30, 2017 – Today U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard awarded a $72,560 grant to the National Administration for the Preservation, Study, and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments of Turkmenistan to restore and conserve the unique Silk Road caravanserai at Dayahatyn. Through this award, the U.S. Embassy and its partners will undertake a second phase ...
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U.S. Embassy Helps Restore Ancient Mosaics from Gonur Depe

Ashgabat, August 16, 2017 –  On August 14, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard celebrated the completion of a joint project with the Museum of Fine Arts in Ashgabat to conserve, restore, and reconstruct ancient mosaic panels from Turkmenistan’s archaeological site at Gonur Depe. In 2015 the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat awarded a grant to the ...
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United States and Turkmenistan Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

Ashgabat, July 28, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard and Turkmenistan’s Minister of Finance Gochmyrat Myradov signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to implement the provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The agreement underscores growing international cooperation to curb offshore tax evasion and marks a step forward in building a stronger, more stable ...
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Ambassador Allan Mustard’s July 4 Speech

Your Excellency Chairperson of the Mejlis Nurberdiyeva, fellow ambassadors, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening! Thank you for joining us today. Thank you also to Presidents Donald Trump and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for their commitment to U.S.-Turkmen friendship and a strong bilateral relationship. And, finally, thank you to the sponsors of today’s event. This simply ...
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U.S. Embassy Presents Recent American Films in Annual Summer Film Screenings

Ashgabat, June 30, 2017 – On July 1 the U.S. Embassy kicks off its seventh annual Summer Film Screenings, featuring three recent American blockbusters. The films will be shown in July at theaters in Ashgabat, Balkanabat, Dashoguz, Mary, Turkmenbashi, and Turkmenabat. U.S. Embassy personnel will introduce the films and greet visitors before and after the screenings. Arrival, ...
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Developing cultural ties between the U.S. and Turkmenistan through the Circus Arts

May 30-June 5, 2017 three American circus experts conducted a productive week-long workshop session for the students of the only school of circus arts in Turkmenistan – the Turkmen State Institute of Culture. This collaboration extended to the professional circus artists at the Turkmen State Circus which has concluded with the first joint circus performance ...
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The U.S. Embassy will conduct an Auction on June 23, 2017

On Friday June 23, 2017, the U.S. Embassy will conduct an auction at the U.S. Embassy, Karz Bank. The auction will last from 9:00am to 12:00pm. At the auction, the Embassy’s General Services Office will sell residential, office and computer property. Successful bidders will be notified by phone the same day for payment and pickup ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Professional Development Seminar for English Teachers in Turkmenistan

The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan held a two-day professional development seminar for English teachers May 20-21, 2017 at Magtymguly Turkmen State University. Three English Language Fellows led the seminar and shared their teaching experiences and methodology with 100 participants from throughout the country. Participants included university ...
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American Film Experts Present Documentary Films in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, April 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring a screening of independent documentary films on Sunday, April 16, at Ashgabat Cinema, featuring three critically-acclaimed movies, and followed by a Q&A with American film experts. Leading up to the event, two American film experts director David Terry Fine and American Film Showcase representative Nestor Vences ...
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Classical Across Cultures: American Music Teachers Train and Perform with 200 Turkmen Musicians

Ashgabat, December 15, 2016 – Four classically-trained American musicians and music teachers, Derek Beckvold, Kim Mai Nguyen, Peter Thoreson, and Avery Waite will visit Ashgabat December 14-24, 2016, to train students from the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan and perform a holiday concert. The teachers will hold workshops for students and staff from the classical, vocal, ...
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U.S. Embassy Helps Restore Dayahatyn Caravanserai, Turkmen Archeological Site

Ashgabat, November 18, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard visited Lebap province today to take part in a closing ceremony for the restoration and conservation of the Dayahatyn caravanserai, an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project. He also reviewed the results of the conservation work done at the site. The ceremony was held at the Dayahatyn caravanserai with the participation of U.S. ...
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The U.S. Embassy Hosts Close-Out Event for English Language Graduates

The U.S. Embassy conducted a closing ceremony for the tenth round of the U.S. Government-funded English Language Training (ELT) program for local law enforcement professionals on September 30, 2016. The ceremony took place at the Training Center of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan. Over 50 professionals from nine different ministries and agencies participated in ...
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Music Program Celebrates Central Asian Independence, Highlights Regional Connections within the C5+1 Framework

Ashgabat, October 7, 2016 – Tomorrow, October 8, 2016 at 19:00, 24 musicians and composers from across Central Asia and the United States will perform on one stage at the Mukamlar Palace of the State Cultural Center of Turkmenistan in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Central Asian independence. This music program – Playing Together: ...
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U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Turkmenistan’s Cultural Heritage

Ashgabat, August 29, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat will award $85,600 to the National Administration for the Study, Preservation and Restoration of Cultural and Historical Monuments of Turkmenistan from the 2016 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) program. An award ceremony will be held at the Fine Arts Museum of Turkmenistan today, August 29 at 15:00, with ...
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USAID Supports Turkmenistan in Exploring Export Opportunities Through the UAE

On August 20-26, 2016, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) arranged a visit to Dubai, UAE for four State Commodities and Raw Materials Exchange officials to explore opportunities for stocking Turkmen goods in Dubai warehouses in order to make them more accessible to potential buyers. The officials met with warehouse operators, shipping agents, freight forwarders, commercial real estate companies, ...
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Closing Ceremony for the AFCP-funded Annau Mosque Mosaic Restoration Project

On August 12, Ambassador Mustard participated in the closing ceremony for an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project completed by the Fine Arts Museum of Turkmenistan. This was the second stage in the reconstruction of the 15th century Seyit Jemalletdin Mosque portal – known for its ancient Arabic calligraphy and mosaics depicting two golden dragons – originally located in Annau, ...
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FLEX – A Year in America for High School Students!

American Councils for International Education announce the beginning of the FLEX competition, a U.S. Government-funded program for high school students. Finalists in the competition will have the opportunity to live with an American family and study in an American high school during the 2017-2018 school year. The program pays for all travel, housing and living ...
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Independence Day Remarks

Archabil Hotel July 1, 2016; 20:00 Your Excellency, Deputy Foreign Minister Niyazliyev, fellow ambassadors, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening!  Thank you for coming.  I thank as well President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his continued support of the ever-strengthening bilateral relationship between the United States and Turkmenistan. Of course, I thank our sponsors, without whose ...
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U.S. Embassy Shares American Culture Through Annual Summer Film Screenings in Turkmenistan

All of the films will be shown in Russian with English subtitles and are open to the public free of charge. The films will be screened according to the following schedule: Ashgabat – “Ashgabat” Cinema Hall Saturday, July 9 at 12:00– Inside Out (cartoon) Saturday, July 9 at 15:00 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens ...
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Important Notice

The U.S. Embassy alerts all Turkmenistan citizens and residents interested in work, travel, and exchange opportunities in the United States of malicious scams recently propagated on behalf of the Embassy by unknown individuals. These scams have falsely advertised education and travel opportunities and have solicited payment under pretense. With the exception of Consular services, the ...
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Ambassador Mustard Underscores U.S. Government Commitment to Long Term Counter-narcotics Cooperation

From May 23-27, 2016, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a Drug Unit Commanders Course in Ashgabat for officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Migration and Customs Services. The workshop was intended to respond to ...
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The U.S. Embassy will conduct an Auction on June 10, 2016

On Friday June 10, 2016, the U.S. Embassy will conduct an auction at the U.S. Embassy, Karz Bank. The auction will last from 9:00am to 12:00pm. At the auction, the Embassy’s General Services Office will sell residential, office and computer property. Successful bidders will be notified by phone the same day for payment and pickup ...
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U.S. Embassy Promotes Turkmen Film Industry

Two award-winning film experts of the American Film Showcase (AFS) program, director Steven (Sandy) Smolan and cinematographer Christopher Chomyn, will visit Ashgabat May 20-25 to share their expertise with professionals in the field of filmmaking. These two cinematographers will give public presentations and screenings at the U.S. Embassy’s Information Resource Center (IRC) and the Ashgabat ...
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U.S. Embassy Promotes Turkmen Language through American Classics

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard will present two newly translated and published American children’s books in the Turkmen language. Following the successful launch of Charlotte’s Web in Turkmen in 2015, the U.S. Embassy translated and published two more books, Farmer Boy and Little House in the Big Woods, by American author Laura Ingalls ...
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Turkmenistan Loans Important Art Objects to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Two representatives of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Assistant Curator at the Department of Islamic Art Ms. Martina Rugiadi and Conservator Ms. Janis Mandrus, will visit Ashgabat April 6-13 to prepare the shipment of more than a dozen Seljuq-era artifacts from museums in Turkmenistan to New York City. An exhibition titled “Court ...
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Travel Alert – Europe

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy facilitates partnership between the universities and colleges of Albuquerque and Ashgabat

A delegation of three American professors from New Mexico visited Turkmenistan March 14-16 to seek opportunities for future partnerships between colleges and universities in Albuquerque and Ashgabat. This delegation consisted of Dr. Yu-Lin Shen, Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Russ Fisher-Ives, Director of RoboRAVE International and President of ...
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U.S. Embassy Continues Successful Music Teaching Program

Three American music teachers, Peter Thoresen, Derek Beckvold and Avery Waite, visited Ashgabat March 7–14, 2016 to conduct a professional and cultural exchange program with the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan. The teachers held workshops for students and teachers of various departments, including the classical music, vocals, composition, and conducting departments. The American teachers also held ...
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Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ...
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U.S. Embassy Promotes Turkmen Youth Participation in STEM

Today, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, American teacher and researcher Ms. Karen Peterson begins a week-long program  promoting youth involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). From February 29 to March 4, Ms. Peterson will run workshops at two secondary schools – Ashgabat Secondary School #6 and Ruhnama Secondary School – ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Growth of Turkmenistan’s Academic Institutions

A visiting American sociology professor, Dr. Alan DeYoung, will spend three weeks with the Department of Sociology at the International University for the Humanities and Development (IUHD) in Ashgabat through the Fulbright Specialist Program. From February 15 until March 4, Dr. DeYoung will work with IUHD faculty members and administrators to assess and enhance the ...
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U.S. Embassy’s Music Program Shares Culture, Expertise with Turkmen Performers

Today, contemporary American dance and music group Company E will begin a series of workshops and presentations to share their expertise with counterparts in Turkmenistan. The program will culminate in a joint Turkmen-American concert for the public on February 27. Based in Washington D.C., Company E emphasizes international collaborations with the great choreographers, dancers, musicians ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry At The Washington Post Grand Opening Event

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you, and good morning everybody. And weeks ago – and I did receive the invitation to come here weeks before we knew whether or not Jason would be able to be released, and the others – I really looked forward to being here for this celebration, special celebration of the opening of the ...
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The United States Helps Advance Mobile Technologies and e-Services in Turkmenistan

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with the Academy of Sciences in Turkmenistan, launched a two-day seminar to share international best practices and innovations in information communications technology (ICT) with Turkmenistan’s civil servants. The seminar seeks to help civil servants develop the skills necessary to implement government policies and programs and ...
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The United States Shares Expertise, Promotes Cultural Exchange through Music Program

Three American music teachers, Mr. Ira Spaulding, Mr. Derek Beckvold, and Mr. Avery Waite, will visit Ashgabat December 14 – 18, 2015 for a professional and cultural exchange program. The teachers will conduct workshops for students and teachers at Turkmenistan’s National Conservatory, including the classical music, vocals, composition, and conducting departments. The teachers will also ...
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Travel Alert – Worldwide

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ...
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Neutrality Anniversary Remarks

On behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, I extend my warmest congratulations and best wishes to the people of Turkmenistan on 20 years of official neutrality. This year, Turkmenistan celebrates a major milestone. Turkmenistan’s Council of Elders named 2015 the Year of Neutrality and Peace, marking the twentieth anniversary of Turkmenistan’s recognition ...
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Transcript of DAS Rosenblum’s on-the-record briefing with journalists

Good morning, everyone. I’ll do this briefing in English, but I do understand Russian. So I should be able to understand your questions at least. So, I am here in Ashgabat this week for the Oil and Gas Conference. I was at last year’s Oil and Gas Conference as well. And I might have met ...
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Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. State Department Daniel Rosenblum at the Turkmenistan Oil & Gas Conference as delivered

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you distinguished guests and minister Halilov. It is a great pleasure to be here today to speak at this important conference. I would like to focus my remarks today first on global energy markets, and then I’ll be addressing Turkmenistan’s role and contributions as an important player in ...
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Remarks Before Meeting With Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, Mr. President, thank you very much for your welcome. It’s a pleasure for me to be able to be here and be the – I think I’m the first Secretary of State to visit since 1992 when Secretary Jim Baker came. That is far too long a period of time between visits, ...
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Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation by the Five Countries of Central Asia and The United States of America, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The foreign ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Secretary of State of the United States of America issue this Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation. This meeting follows a ministerial level meeting of the six countries on September 26, 2015, ...
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New U.S. Assistance Programs in Central Asia

The United States of America is strongly committed to the prosperity, sovereignty, stability, and security of the five Central Asian countries as well as a vision of regional economic connectivity through its New Silk Road initiative. Since Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan gained independence in 1991; the United States has provided approximately ...
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United States supports Turkmenistan’s law enforcement officials with English language training

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Embassy conducted a closing ceremony for the ninth round of the U.S. Government-funded English Language Training (ELT) program for Government of Turkmenistan law enforcement professionals. The ceremony took place at the Training Center of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan. Over 50 Government of Turkmenistan law enforcement professionals, from ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Bishkek, Samarkand, Astana, Dushanbe, and Ashgabat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Austria, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan from October 28 to November 3. While in Vienna, Secretary Kerry will hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with foreign counterparts to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. The Secretary will then travel to Bishkek, Samarkand, Astana, Dushanbe, and Ashgabat ...
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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Turkmenistan’s Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Turkmenistan on the 24th anniversary of your nation’s independence. Since that proud day of independence, the United States has been pleased to work closely with Turkmenistan on a wide range of issues including regional stability, energy security, education, ...
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U.S.-Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations

Today, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal welcomed a delegation of Turkmenistani government officials led by Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov for the fourth U.S-Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations. The Annual Bilateral Consultations, which were established in 2009, are a structured policy dialogue designed to build mutual trust and advance ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Allan Mustard at the New Embassy Compound Groundbreaking Ceremony as Prepared for Delivery

Your Excellency Mr. Abilov, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon and welcome. Thank you all for joining us today for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new U.S. Embassy compound. You are standing on ground that in just a few months will see a new Embassy begin to take shape. From today on, as you drive by ...
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United States Invests in Turkmenistan’s Future with Ground-Breaking for New U.S. Embassy

U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard and Mayor of Ashgabat City Myratniyaz Abilov broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat. The New Embassy Compound exemplifies the United States’ enduring commitment to a partnership with Turkmenistan, as well as to the country’s sovereignty and independence. Opening the milestone event, Ambassador Mustard stated that “the ...
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United States supports Turkmenistan’s fight against narcotics trafficking

From September 21-25, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a workshop on Airport Interdiction Operations in Ashgabat for officials from the State Service for the Protection of a Healthy Society and the State Border and State Customs Services.  The workshop covered such issues as route/courier characteristics, targeting and risk management, concealment methods, behavior analysis, informant ...
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Strategic Trade Controls Workshop Concludes in Ashgabat

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program organized a two-day “Government – Industry Outreach” workshop in Ashgabat September 29-30. Technical experts from the U.S Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) conducted the workshop for 30 government officials who have responsibilities related ...
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The United States and Turkmenistan Make World Safer through WMD Interdiction Training

The United States provided a course to Turkmenistan in support of efforts to prevent the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). The course, which ran from September 14-18, 2015, was conducted by expert advisors from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program. It explored ...
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The United States Advances Global High-Tech Economy in Turkmenistan

The United States works with Turkmenistan and its development efforts in a variety of areas, including its information technology (IT) sector. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented U.S. Government programs and activities at the TurkmenTEL 2015 international exhibition. At this September 16-18 event, the U.S. pavilion focused on USAID’s IT-related programs and also ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Helps Conserve Turkmen Heritage

The United States has further strengthened ties with the people of Turkmenistan by giving an ambassadorial cultural preservation grant for the Gonur Depe project.  On September 15, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard will officially award the 2015 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant to the Fine Arts Museum of Turkmenistan.  Worth $98,250, ...
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U.S.-Turkmenistan Improve Life-Saving Skills

During a joint U.S.-Turkmenistan August 24-28 event – “The Basic First Responder Trauma and Disaster Workshop” – both nations exchanged best practices in learning first responder care, providing basic life support skills, recognizing life threatening injuries, and performing basic life-saving interventions that improve the chances of survival for victims of trauma-related injuries. At the August ...
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USAID Supports Local Content in the Turkmen Oil and Gas Sector

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan and with the support of Chevron Corporation, launched a workshop entitled “Increasing Local Content in Production Sharing Agreements and Servicing Contracts.” During this intensive four-day event, 20 participants representing the Ministry of Oil and Gas Industry, State Agency for ...
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Together For Health Project kicks off summer camp in Awaza

On August 1, 2015, the USAID and Chevron-funded Together for Health Project, in cooperation with the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan, started a week long educational summer camp for twenty youth peer educators from Ashgabat, Mary, and Dashoguz in Awaza, Balkan province. During the camp, the peer educators will improve their knowledge about healthy ...
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Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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Embassy to hold Summer Film Screenings

This weekend the U.S. Embassy kicks off its fifth annual Summer Film Screenings, which will take place over the next month in various cities throughout Turkmenistan. This year’s screenings offer a wide array of films for children and adults alike, and each film highlights an aspect of American art or culture that will be of ...
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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency conducts workshop on Emerging Synthetic Drugs

From July 13-17, 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a workshop on “Emerging Synthetic Drugs” in Ashgabat for officials from the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Health, the State Service for the Protection of a Healthy Society, and the State Migration and Customs Services. The workshop was intended to respond to increased concerns in Central ...
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Youth Take Part in Nature Clean-up and Health Day

USAID’s Together for Health project, in collaboration with Turkmenistan’s National Red Crescent Society, conducted an ecology and health promotion event in a natural area approximately fifty kilometers from Ashgabat. Twenty-eight youth competed to see who could collect the most garbage. Afterwards, they took part in a fun and interactive health refresher training including games, brainstorming ...
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U.S. Embassy supports competitiveness of Turkmen textiles

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan and with support from Chevron Corporation, launched a workshop titled “Enhancing the Competitiveness of Turkmenistan’s Textile Industry.” During this intensive two-day event, 24 participants representing the Ministry of Textiles and various local textile enterprises will discuss modern business and ...
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Statement by the President on Iran

Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — change that ...
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Fourth of July Remarks by Ambassador Allan Mustard

Salam! Hoş geldiňiz, gadyrly dostlar! (Hello and welcome dear friends!) Your Excellency Chair of the Parliament Nurberdiyeva, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening! Welcome to our annual Fourth of July celebration, which this year marks the 239th Independence Day of the United States. Thank you for coming. Thank you, as well, to Esteemed President ...
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Native American dance group to tour Turkmenistan

The Fernando Cellicion Zuni Dancers, a Native American dance troupe, will tour Turkmenistan from July 7 to July 14 as part of the Department of State Arts Envoy program. The Zuni Dancers were founded in 1983 by Roger Cellicion, father of the current leader Fernando Cellicion, to preserve and pass on his knowledge of Zuni ...
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Flag Day – 2015

On June 15, Ambassador Allan Mustard held a reception at his residence in honor of Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and ...
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Turkmen Agrarian Specialists Travel to American Heartland to Learn About Innovations in Horticulture Production

Seven Turkmen agricultural specialists, including private farmers and academics, traveled on June 12 from Ashgabat to Missouri to participate in a two-week Cochran Fellowship program on horticulture production.  The Turkmen will visit research stations and farms around the Show Me State, where they will witness innovative vegetable and horticulture operations, and receive training on modern ...
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Important Notice for Visa Applicants and U.S. Citizens

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Passport applications accepted overseas ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Advanced Program in Law and Economics

The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat announces an intensive, three-month, graduate-level course titled “Advanced Program in Law and Economics for Representatives from Central Asia,” for young and mid-career level government, civil society, and media participants from Turkmenistan and other Central Asian states. The course will be conducted at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Riga, ...
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U.S. Department of Energy’s Week-long Training Focuses on Detecting and Securing Radioactive Orphan Sources

The United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) conducted a “Searching for and Securing Radioactive Orphan Sources” workshop in Ashgabat June 1-5, 2015. Three NNSA experts worked with their counterparts from Government of Turkmenistan agencies that are engaged in protecting radioactive sources in Turkmenistan, such as the Academy of Sciences and the ...
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Ambassador Mustard Travels to Lebap Province

On June 4, Ambassador Allan Mustard traveled to Lebap Velayat (Province) for a day-long working visit. On this trip, the Ambassador met with Governor of Lebap Province Muhammet Jorayev to discuss regional economic development and opportunities for bilateral cooperation. Following the meeting, the Ambassador toured the XII-century Silk Road caravanserai (rest stop) at Dayahatyn, where ...
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Sister Cities Delegation to visit Ashgabat from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Members of a delegation representing the Albuquerque, New Mexico chapter of the Sister Cities program will visit Turkmenistan from May 21-27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ashgabat-Albuquerque Sister Cities Program, as well as the “Day of Ashgabat” holiday on May 25. The delegation will meet with local officials, university students, and representatives of ...
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USAID Course Focuses on Insurance Services

Yesterday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan and with the support of the Chevron Corporation, launched a week-long course entitled “New Types of Insurance Products and Services.” The course focuses on the role of insurance markets in national economic growth, how modern insurance markets work, as ...
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Recent remarks by General Lloyd Austin, Commander of U.S. Central Command, regarding U.S. military collaboration with the Government of Turkmenistan

Delivered before the House Appropriations Committee on March 5, 2015 “Turkmenistan’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and efforts to increase regional economic integration are important to enhancing stability in the Central Asia sub-region. However, Turkmenistan’s declared policy of positive neutrality limits our opportunities for substantive military-to-military collaboration. Engagements in the areas of Caspian Sea security, disaster ...
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New Seminar Focuses on International Electricity Trade

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan and with the support of the Chevron Corporation, launched a three-day-long seminar entitled “International Electricity Trade and International Electricity Sale and Purchase Contracts.” The seminar focuses on international electricity trade, marketing techniques, and methods of benefiting from the seasonality ...
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State’s Blinken on A Vision for Central Asia

U.S. Department of State Remarks by Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Brookings Institute Washington, D.C. March 31, 2015 An Enduring Vision for Central Asia DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, good afternoon. And Fiona, thank you very, very much for those very kind words of introduction. I think there are few people in Washington with ...
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Ari Roland Jazz Quartet to Perform across Turkmenistan

The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, in partnership with Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Culture, will present a series of public performances featuring the Ari Roland Quartet, from March 31 until April 6, across Turkmenistan. The Ari Roland Quartet is a group of four New York City-based jazz musicians, including Ari Roland on bass, John Mosca on trombone, ...
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U.S. Embassy celebrates Black History Month

The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan, celebrates Black History Month by hosting a visit of the American photographer Dario Calmese from February 23 to February 28 in Ashgabat. Mr. Calmese will exhibit his photography collection focusing on African American traditions and give presentations on the history of Black photography, ...
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U.S. Embassy Promotes Religious Freedom and Tolerance in Honor of George Washington’s Birthday

Freedoms of thought, conscience, and belief are universal human rights enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Rights and other international treaties. The United States protects freedom of religion and promotes religious tolerance both at home and abroad. In 1790, the first President of the United States, George Washington, encapsulated this spirit in a ...
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U.S. Embassy to Hold 2015 U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Forum

The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan and the U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Council, will host the seventh annual U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Forum on January 21-22, 2015 at the Mizan Business Center in Ashgabat.  The Forum will convene speakers from academia, industry, and the U.S. and Turkmen governments for expert-level discussions in the ...
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