U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Matthew Klimow Completes His Mission


The U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan, Matthew Klimow, has completed his diplomatic mission in Turkmenistan.

At a press conference following his departure, Klimow noted that this week marked precisely five years since he began his work in Turkmenistan. He elaborated on critical areas of U.S.-Turkmen cooperation that have advanced significantly during his mission.

Among them, he highlighted the successful collaboration on the COP 28 methane emissions reduction program, water resources management, advisory support on Turkmenistan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as assistance in developing the export potential of small businesses and implementation of cultural and humanitarian projects.

Klimow also emphasized the importance of STEM projects in developing young people, and training them in digital and information technology skills. He paid particular attention to initiatives aimed at the participation of girls and young women.

Regarding joint Turkmen-American projects, Klimow commented that Turkmenistan’s most valuable resource is its people. During his numerous trips around the country, he was always impressed by the sincere, hospitable, and friendly people. He also praised the country’s young people, noting their enthusiasm and desire for knowledge after meetings with students and schoolchildren.

Klimow’s successor, Elizabeth Rood, will arrive in Turkmenistan on July 23.