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 the threat of WMD proliferation, as well as current methodologies for addressing the threat. On September 18, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Allan Mustard participated in the closing ceremony of the workshop and presented certificates and some equipment that is used for inspection of vehicles and railcars to the participants.

Participants received five days of classroom training as well as hands-on familiarization with the equipment used to detect, interdict, and deter the proliferation of WMD. During the exercises, instructors and participants shared their experience and techniques of cargo inspection, identification, and interdiction methods concerning WMD.

The program consisted of a five-day WMD Interdiction training course for officers of Turkmenistan’s State Customs Service, State Border Service, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs that are involved in inspection of cargo along Turkmenistan’s international borders.

For more information about this event, please contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section by calling 47-35-03 (1).