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The European Union and Turkmenistan held the ninth round of their annual Human Rights Dialogue in Ashgabat on 25 April 2017.
The dialogue allowed for constructive and open exchanges on a wide range of issues, including the freedom of association, women's and child's rights, minority rights, statelessness, the prevention of torture and ill-treatment of detainees, the freedoms of expression and of the press, the freedom of religion or belief, and the freedom of movement.
The Turkmenistan delegation was led by Mr Vepa Hajiyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, while the EU delegation was led by Mr Toivo Klaar, Head of the Central Asia Division at the European External Action Service.
The next round of the EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue is expected to take place in Brussels in 2018.