The message reads, in part:
“This forum is taking place in the hospitable Ashgabat during the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the CIS. Humanitarian cooperation is traditionally one of the priorities of the partnership within the Commonwealth of Independent States. It is no coincidence that these annual forums, which secure a direct dialogue between representatives of academic and expert communities, youth and student organisations, workers of education, culture and the arts, play such a significant role in the public life of our countries.
Your agenda includes a wide range of topical issues, exchange of professional and creative experience, discussions of new joint projects and initiatives in various fields. I expect that this work will be constructive and productive and will promote deeper integration across the CIS as well as strengthen the friendship and mutual understanding between our nations.”