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On Sunday, May 25 Turkmenistan once again celebrated a national holiday entitled "Day of the carpet". First it was celebrated in the republic in 1992 and eventually became a regular event, which takes place on the last Sunday of May every year. It should be noted that Turkmen carpets are a matter of national pride of residents of the republic and it is not surprising that its elements are present on even on the main symbols of the country - the national flag and coat of arms.



On Friday, May 23, the capital of Turkmenistan hosted a regular meeting of the government chaired by the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The agenda included issues related to the preparations for the Ashkhabad Day and the Turkmen Carpet Feast, the former holiday to be celebrated in the republic for the first time. These festive events will be held in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the renovated Ashkhabad Recreation Park and the monument called “My White City of Ashkhabad.”



The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States Robert Eugene Patterson, as the mission headed by the American diplomatic official came to an end. The report was posted by the state news agency on Wednesday, May 21. The participants of the meeting exchanged views on the most urgent issues of the relationship between the two countries.



In Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, the Chairperson of the Republican Parliament Akja Nurberdyeva received credentials from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bahrain Rashid Saad Al Doseri Dhaffer, news reported by the government of the country and distributed by the media on Wednesday, May 21.


Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Finland in Turkmenistan Niklas Lindqvist made an official visit to Ashkhabad. This is stated in the report of the government of the country, which was published on Thursday, May 22. In the course of the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic the parties discussed the further expansion and deepening of bilateral cooperation in the economic, political, cultural, educational and humanitarian spheres, as well as in the field of water resources management.



The Fifth International Gas Congress, as well as dedicated to this event Exposition are held in Turkmenistan, at the national tourist zone "Avaza" located at the coast of the Caspian Sea. The organizers of this specialized representative forum, which is aimed at expanding mutually beneficial international partnerships in the energy sector, are the state-owned "Turkmengaz" company and the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic.


In the capital of Turkmenistan Ashkhabad a new higher educational institution – the International University of Humanities and Development was created. It was reported by national mass media which specified that enrollment of students will begin in 2014/2015 academic year. It was noted during an enlarged governmental meeting that it was planned to take annually to the new University about 300 students who would be training on 14 specialties.



According to the Decree of the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a commission, for improving the national Constitution is created in Turkmenistan. This was reported by national TV, noting that at the same time the composition of the new institution was defined. As the head of state noted, within the future constitutional reforms it would be necessary to introduce a new position - the plenipotentiary representative in the field of human rights, and expand the powers of local government.



Laying ceremony of the new complex infrastructure projects took place within the second stage of the industrial development of one of the world's largest gas fields Galkinish in Mary province in Turkmenistan. The press service of the head of state reported that the President of the Republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated in this action on Saturday, May 10. It is to be recalled that the first stage of the Galkynysh industrialization began in December, 2009 and was held by the State Concern “Turkmengaz” in close cooperation with foreign partners.


The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) invested about 4 billion dollars in industrial development of the contractual territory “Bagtyyarlyk”. This territory is located in the south of Turkmenistan and it is considered to be extremely rich with gas. According to the President of the Republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, it means that at present the Chinese-Turkmen cooperation in the industry is developing and expanding rapidly.