Italian ambassador accredited to Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Feb. 25 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmen Parliamentary Chairman Akja Nurberdieva received the credentials of Italian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Antonio Zanardi Landi today, the Turkmen government reported.
The diplomat became familiarized with the main directions of the country's state policy and priorities of large-scale projects implemented in the economy and social sphere in the country.
The report said that Landi, noting "the high level of the intergovernmental cooperation established in recent years," made a number of proposals for further expanding the Turkmen-Italian relations.
The sides agreed to strengthen interparliamentary ties, and called the sphere of trade, energy and culture among the main directions of partnership. It is expected that the Italian diplomat will hold a series of meetings in several ministries.
Italy previously voiced its interest in developing oil and gas fields, including in the Caspian Sea, and announced its readiness to work on the modernization of gas transportation infrastructure in Turkmenistan.
Italian business is already represented by Eni UK Holding plc (subsidiary of the Italian Eni) on land in Turkmenistan, which bought shares of the British Burren Energy. The question is about the project in the Burun field, where industrial oil extraction is underway, and which is included in the Contract Area Nebit-Dag (the modern name - Balkanabat).
The Product Sharing Agreement (PSA) was signed in 2001.
In addition, Eni, as it is known, is preparing a proposal for entry of the Turkmen energy resources into the world markets.