21 November 2022

On 21 November 2022, a meeting was held between IOFS and the Embassy of Turkmenistan at the IOFS Headquarters in Astana, Kazakhstan. The meeting was represented by H.E. Director General of the Islamic Organization for Food Security Prof. Yerlan Baidaulet and the Ambassador of the Embassy of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Batyr Durdymuratovich Rejepov. The delegation from the Embassy also included the First Secretary of the Embassy of Turkmenistan Batyrov Shaberdy and the third Secretary of the Embassy Rejepov Ruslan.

During the meeting both sides discussed prospects for enhancing bilateral cooperation, particularly regarding the IOFS Afghanistan Food Security Program. To date, the government of Turkmenistan has been providing humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan and has proposed to coordinate cooperation with IOFS in the future implementation of the AFSP Program.

It is worth noting, that Turkmenistan as a member of the OIC currently holds Observer status in the IOFS. The meeting concluded with the Director General expressing the wishes of Turkmenistan to become a full- fledged member country by next year.

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