From 9 to 17 December 2021, the Head of the Regional Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Central Asia, Ms. Sangeeta Koenig, visited Turkmenistan.

At the invitation of the Government of Turkmenistan, Ms. Koenig took part in the International Conference "Politics of Peace and Trust - the Basis of International Security, Stability and Development" (Forum of Peace and Trust) and official events organized on the occasion of the Day of Neutrality of Turkmenistan.

During the visit of the Head of the Regional Office of the ICRC in Central Asia, the ICRC organized a meeting with the leadership of the RCSC at the headquarters of the RCSC in Ashgabat, during which a constructive exchange of views took place on a wide range of issues of interaction between the ICRC and the RCSC and further strengthening of fruitful cooperation.

Ms. Sangeeta Koenig also visited the velayat departments of the NRCST in Mary and Lebap velayats, where she met with employees and volunteers of the velayat departments. Ms. Sangeeta Koenig had an interesting conversation with the volunteers of the Society. Volunteers, speaking fluently in English, told the guests about their activities aimed at disease prevention, dissemination of knowledge about International Humanitarian Law, rules of conduct during emergencies. Talking about their activities, volunteers reaffirmed that volunteers are the main driving force in the IRCRC Movement.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Sangeeta Koenig expressed her gratitude for the fruitful cooperation and hospitality shown by the staff and volunteers of the NRCST.