U.S. State Department seeks to establish ‘productive contacts’ with Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 16 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov received the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake and Michael Posner the day before in Ashgabat.
Distinguished guests confirmed the desire of the U.S. government and business circles to establish productive contacts with the Turkmen partners in all areas, Turkmen Dovlet khabarlari reported.
A representative delegation from the U.S. arrived in Ashgabat to participate in political consultations and joint business forum.
The guests conveyed greetings on behalf of U.S. government - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Turkmen leader.
In response Berdimuhammadov addressed "best wishes for the United States government, stressing with satisfaction the high level of interstate dialogue, established on the long-term, mutually beneficial basis."
The two sides exchanged views on the current state and prospects of the Turkmen-American cooperation in all key areas given the priorities.
"The countries' mutual willingness to continue to increase cooperation on the principles of equality and mutual respect, which is largely intended to provide annual political consultations, which will become a good tradition" was also confirmed.
The bilateral consultations conducted for the first time focused on key aspects, including the Afghan perspective, trade-economic, energy and humanitarian cooperation, as well as partnerships in the ensuring global security.