Azerbaijan, Baku 15 February / corr Trend E.Huseynov / In 2009, the second meeting of the Azerbaijani-Turkmen intergovernmental commission for the economic cooperation will be held in Baku, the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan told Trend over a telephone, on 15 February.
On 17 Jan, the first meeting of the joint commission was held in Ashgabat, and then the parties agreed to hold the next meeting in Baku. In compliance with the agreement, meetings of the intergovernmental commissions should be held once a year. The next meeting is scheduled for the next year and the exact date will be coordinated separately, the same source added.
The co-chairs of the commission are Yagub Eyyubov- the Azerbaijani first deputy premier and Khidir Saparliyev-the deputy chairman of the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers. During the meeting in Ashgabat, the two parties defined the priority direction of the bilateral cooperation, confirmed their readiness of expanding the mutually profitable trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation, establishment of an efficient interaction in the energy sector. Development of partnership in the sphere of transport and communication, as well as the environmental protection was in the focus.
The two parties came to an agreement upon the settlement of Azerbaijan's debts to Turkmenistan for the Turkmen gas supply in 1993-1995 and Interbank settlements in 1992-1993.
On 15 Feb, the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan reported that the work for the mutual visits, on the government Officials level of the two countries, is underway.
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