Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, September 18 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
Chairman of the Majlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan Akja Nurberdieva received the credentials of Sri-Lanka's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Turkmenistan Mohammed Faizal Razzin, a message from the Turkmen government said.
According to the message, the diplomat communicated the best wishes of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa to Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and to all of Independent and Neutral Turkmenistan.
The parties exchanged views on prospects of interstate relations and noted the existence of great potential in expanding the two countries' trade and economic partnership.
Cooperation in tourism was mentioned among the important spheres of mutual interest.
Within the diplomat's action program in Turkmenistan, there are planned meetings in Turkmenistan's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations.
Turkmenistan intensified relations with South Asia, in particular, India and Pakistan by carrying out joint work on a large energy project. These countries are working on the transnational TAPI gas pipeline project (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India). Bangladesh also expressed its interest in this project as a purchaser of Turkmen raw materials.
The basis document for promoting TAPI is the Ashgabat interstate agreement (signed in late 2010) of participating states on launching the practical implementation of the project
The Indian media outlet reported that ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) also studies its investment opportunities in Turkmenistan's economy and is interested in developing the country's largest gas field. The report said that during negotiations in Delhi, Turkmenistan noted the preference for service contracts while India is interested in signing of a Production Share Agreement (PSA).
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