On February 3, the head of the regional office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for the Central Asia Region, Seval Guzelkilinch, completed a week-long working visit to Turkmenistan.

During her visit, she held a number of meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, International Committee of Red Cross, UN and UNICEF offices in Turkmenistan and the Red Crescent National Society of Turkmenistan.

During the meetings, Seval Guzelkilinch emphasized that IFRC and NRCST are evaluating new directions of joint work  under disaster preparedness and health directions in  Turkmenistan. She also introduced a new project on the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Mrs. Seval, who shared her experience with the NRCST colleagues, will visit Turkmenistan again in the near future.



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