The President of Turkmenistan held talks with the President of the Republic of Türkiye

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 14 December 2022 15:22

Today, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in our country on the day before to participate in the first Summit of heads of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Türkiye.

During the meeting views of priority issues of further expansion of cooperation, which is developed both on a bilateral and multilateral basis were exchanged.

The main emphasis was made that in the economic sphere of Türkiye, which is a long-term reliable partner of Turkmenistan, takes one of the leading places in our country by trade turnover and investment. In this connection, necessity of involvement of the entire potential of the intergovernmental commission and business council as key tools to strengthen efficiently contacts and to realize new joint large-scale projects into practice was underlined.

Among the most important areas of bilateral relations, interlocutors mentioned the fuel, energy, transport, and communications sectors. Having noted that at present, our countries work successfully on a bilateral basis, the heads of states mentioned joint large projects under realization as a visual example.

The humanitarian area acts as an inseparable part of the interstate dialogue, which is stipulated with historical, spiritual and cultural commonalities uniting two brotherly peoples. In this regard, interlocutors stated with satisfaction the purposefulness of Turkmenistan and Türkiye to continue fruitful contacts in the spheres of science, education, culture, art and sports.

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