13.04.13 10:35

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov guarantees new-type passport to each Turkmen citizen

Chairing an enlarged meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Friday, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a statement on the issuance of new-type passports for citizens of Turkmenistan. As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, the President of Turkmenistan commented on the reports by some foreign media, distorting the situation around replacement of old-type passports in Turkmenistan.

According to the President of Turkmenistan, "some unscrupulous authors, referring to replacement of old-type Turkmen passports because of the expiry of their validity period, are offering their tendentious vision on the issue of dual citizenship, claiming that persons holding passports of Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation will not be given new-type Turkmen passports.”

"In this regard, I, as the President of the country and guarantor of the Constitution, the rights and freedoms of every citizen, deem it necessary to make the following statement.

Every citizen of Turkmenistan, regardless of ethnicity, gender, origin, proprietary and official status, language, creed and political belief, will be given a new-type passport of Turkmen citizen without fail. Turkmenistan is a democratic, law-governed and secular state, and no one in our country can be deprived of their citizenship or the right to change their citizenship. This right of every citizen of our country is guaranteed by the Constitution of Turkmenistan.

Addressing the people of our country, I once again declare that the constitutional rights and freedoms of those who had dual citizenship and then chose Turkmen citizenship will be respected, regardless of ethnic, religious or other affiliation,” the President of Turkmenistan said.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also noted that "deliberately biased allegations circulated by certain media will not have any impact not only on friendly, fraternal and historically established relations between the peoples of Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation, but also on the strategic partnership between the two countries, which is successfully developing a new historical period.”

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