On April 12, 2015 President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, during his state visit to Republic of Korea, participated in opening ceremony of the VII World Water Forum which was held in Daegu.

Organiser of the World Water Forum which is held once in three years is the World Water Council (WWC). It was created in 1996; it combines more than 300 organizations from more than 50 countries worldwide. Headquarters of WWF is located in Marseille (France).

Today, according to the programme of visit to Daegu, President of Turkmenistan arrived to the Exhibition and Conference Centre “Daegu EXCO”. The opening ceremony of the VII World Water Forum was held in the Grand Hall of the centre. At the beginning of the ceremony, organizers of the forum and representatives of the host country in front of the gathered guests made their presentations. The participants of the global meeting were offered video film on its subject.

After that, the participants started their speeches. The first of the distinguished guests, word has been given to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the fact that shows the role of the initiatives of our country and its leader in innovative and constructive approaches to solving important problems of our time. Speaking from the tribune of the forum, leader of the nation had putted forward proposals of Turkmenistan aimed on further consolidation of international community efforts for the common prosperity and progress.

As was stressed by the head of our state, Turkmenistan also considers that holding of Interactive dialog on high level is useful, which was recently held at the headquarters of the United Nations, the results of which can be the basis for the development of long-term specialized programs of the United Nations on water issues. At the same time with this our country, several times talk about the need of creation of conditions for active promotion of the idea of “water diplomacy” on the international level.

During his speech President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov accentuated attention on important moment such as access to the water. In current context Turkmen leader spoke for support of UN initiative about recognition of access to the water as the fundamental right of the human, by noting that in the base of this kind of approach lays the global right of usage of water recourses and responsibility of effective direction of them.

In the conclusion of the speech, leader of the nation noted, that Turkmenistan supports aims and tasks, brought at the agenda of the current meeting. Declaring about readiness of our country to the active and close partnership as well as exchange of the experience of all interested parties, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished to all participants of the forum success and fruitful work.

At the conclusion of the opening ceremony of the VII World Water Forum it was held a joint photographing of the participating high guests.

By the end of the opening ceremony, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, in the Exhibitions and Conferences Centre “Daegu EXCO”, held bilateral meetings with the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, the Prince of Monaco Albert II and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco Abdelilah Benkirane.

Then the Turkmen leader visited the exhibition devoted to water issues, which is located on the territory of “Daegu EXCO”. Here the development of know-how and products are represented by the companies from all over the world working in the field of water-saving technologies and water management, water supply, treatment and disposal of wastewater, seawater desalination. Among the participants of the exhibition - the world famous Korean companies “LG International Corp.” and “Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd”, which are the long-time business partners of Turkmenistan.

Heads of the “LG” and “Hyundai” warmly welcomed the Turkmen leader, confirmed the high interest of Korean companies in the further development of effective cooperation with Turkmenistan, expanding its activities in the promising Turkmen market, where are favourable investment climate, and participation in the implementation of new joint projects. 

Upon completion of the survey of the exhibition the Turkmen leader headed to the airport of Daegu, from where he flew to the capital of the Republic of Korea - Seoul.

In less than an hour the President’s plane landed at the international airport in Seoul, decorated with the national flags of the two countries. In honour of the distinguished guest along the carpet leading from the plane, was put guard of honour, as well as given a 21 gun salute.

From the airport, the Turkmen leader proceeded to his residence, the hotel “Lotte”, which is located in the heart of the Korean capital. 

It also should be noted that yesterday in Seoul, in the “President” hotel, a conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan's neutrality has been held. 

On April 13, 2015, in Seoul, within the framework of the state visit of President of Turkmenistan to the Republic of Korea there would be held Turkmen-Korean high level negotiations, intended to establish the firm base for further translational development of bilateral relations, which in recent years have reached a qualitatively new level, acquiring the character of a long-term strategic