Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Aug. 15 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived with a one-day official visit to Turkmenistan for talks with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a source close to the negotiations said on Thursday.
It is planned to hold a number of meetings at the intergovernmental level, which will cover issues of interstate trade and economic cooperation. Erdogan is expected to visit the Avaza national tourism zone near the city of Turkmenbashi.
There are about 600 Turkish companies registered in Turkmenistan, according to the website of Turkey's Foreign Ministry. Since the nineties they have entered into contracts in the country for a total of $34 billion. The scope of their activities includes construction, textile industry and tourism facilities. Trade volume between Turkey and Turkmenistan increased to $3.5 billion in 2012.
Ankara is interested in Caspian energy supplies to Europe via the Caspian Sea and Turkey. Official Ashgabat actively invites Turkish companies for the construction of the Caspian seaside resort of Avaza.
In the past, the two countries celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations. A strong international legal framework was established during this time.
A representative office of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency under the Government of the Republic of Turkey (TIKA) has been operating in Turkmenistan since 1993.
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