Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 17
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Turkmen President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited Malaysian Prime Minister, Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak to visit Turkmenistan during a phone conversation with him, a message from the country's government said.
The phone conversation took place at the initiative of the Malaysian side.
The parties exchanged views on topical aspects of cooperation in fuel and energy, according to the message.
Razak conveyed best wishes from King Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud al-Muktafi Billah Shah.
"Turkmenistan's president emphasised the great importance attached to the comprehensive strengthening and intensification of interstate relations with Malaysia on a bilateral and multilateral basis, primarily within major international organisations designed to promote peace, security and sustainable development throughout the world, particularly in Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region," the message from the government said.
The economies of the two countries are mutually complementary. The key spheres of mutual interest include trade, economic, fuel and energy. The two countries opened embassies in July 2013.
Turkmenistan's interest in Malaysia is first of all related to the activity of the Petronas Charigali state oil and gas company which began operating in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea in 1996.
This company started commercial production and export of oil in Turkmenistan in May 2006. The produced raw materials are transported through Azerbaijan. Natural gas production has also become possible in recent years. Transportation of this gas is possible both via the traditional route to Russia, as well as via the projected route to Europe through the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.