Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb. 20
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
Turkmenistan has opened a consulate in Aktau, Kazakh agency KazTAG reported on Feb. 20.
"I want to emphasise that the inter-state dialogue is based on centuries old traditions of good neighbourliness," Turkmen Consul to Aktau, Maksat Dovdanov said at the opening ceremony.
"I want to stress that the Turkmen consulate in Aktau will contribute to the further development of our mutually beneficial relations."
Aktau is the regional centre of Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. It is near the Balkan velayat (region) of Turkmenistan. A large Turkmen diaspora lives along this border area.
Ashgabat believes that new opportunities for enhanced inter-state cooperation contributed to the commissioning of a Turkmen- Kazakh section of the Kazakhstan -Turkmenistan-Iran railway in May 2013.
The two Caspian countries also cooperate in the issue of energy delivery to the foreign markets. Kazakh oil in a southern direction to the Persian Gulf, while Turkmen gas in a northerly direction to the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Europe, as well as to China.
Commissioning of the Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan - China gas pipeline was a significant event in December 2009. It allowed for the provision of gas to the southern regions of Kazakhstan, as well as exports of Turkmen gas to China.
Translated by NH
Edited by SM