Glorifying the policy of peace-building and progress

Today, Turkmenistan is celebrating the national holiday - Neutrality Day that embodies the triumph of the lofty principles of peaceableness, tolerance and humanism that the Turkmen people have been abiding to over their history.

Following the age-old tradition, the celebrations began with the ceremony of laying flowers to the Neutrality Monument in Ashgabat.

Early in the morning the Chairperson of Mejlis, cabinet ministers, high-ranking officials of military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, heads of embassies and diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan in foreign countries, deputies of the Parliament, representatives of public organisations and media, young people and Ashgabat citizens gathered together at the magnificent monument that towers in one of the most picturesque parts of the capital of Turkmenistan against the background of the snow-capped peaks of the Kopetdag Mountains.

The guests of honour at the ceremony include the heads of diplomatic representations and missions accredited in Turkmenistan, the elders and guests of Ashgabat.

The National Anthem of Turkmenistan was performed. In a solemn atmosphere, ceremony participants laid flowers to the Monument, which has become a symbol of the unshakable foundations of our country, its adherence to the ideals of peace, kindness and creativity.

December 12, 1995 is one of the most important dates of the recent history of peace and international diplomacy, given the fact that independent Turkmenistan is the first neutral state recognized officially by the UN.

The Turkmen state, guided by the status of neutrality, has been strengthening partnership with other countries of the world and major international and regional organisations over these years, and the geography of this multi-format cooperation continues to expand and be filled with new content in the political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. It is not by chance that the flagpoles with the flags of UN Member States surround the Neutrality Monument in Ashgabat.

The square in front of the Neutrality Monument, where numerous citizens and guests of Ashgabat gathered, was the venue for the festivities and cultural actions. Cultural and art workers, popular singers and dance groups from all over the country performed a gala concert to mark the 19th anniversary of the status of neutrality of Turkmenistan.