Armenian president soon to visit Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov.22 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will pay his first official visit to Turkmenistan on Nov. 24-25, an official Turkmen source told Trend today.
According to the source, a recent Turkmen state meeting reviewed preparations for high-level meetings between the two countries' presidents.
In particular, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov noted at the meeting that "the upcoming talks are designed to give a new dynamic and specific content to the traditionally friendly intergovernmental dialogue, which is dictated by the current realities and common aims for the implementation of the existing interaction potential."
Diplomatic relations between the countries were established in October 1992 and backed by a contractual and legal base. The sides have signed more than 57 interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements. Roughly 50 Turkmen citizens study in Armenian higher educational institutions.
According to the Turkmen Trade and Foreign Economic Relations Ministry, the country has 10 enterprises registered with Armenian capital.
A joint intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation operates between the two countries. In April 2009, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visited Ashgabat, and was received by Berdimuhammadov. The sides expressed a willingness to establish a mutually beneficial partnership in several key spheres. The meeting was also attended by an Armenian Energy and Natural Resources Ministry delegation.
The two countries cooperate within international organizations. Yerevan has supported Ashgabat's initiative regarding the need to adopt a resolution on energy transit security and its role in ensuring economic development and international cooperation, which was included in the agenda of the U.N. General Assembly's sixty-third session.