Media: Belarusian president launches official visit to Turkmenistan

Politics Materials 27 April 2011 13:07 (UTC +04:00)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, April 27 / Trend H.Hasanov /

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko launches his official visit to Turkmenistan on April 27, the Turkmen government reported.

"The forthcoming talks in Ashgabat are aimed to be another effective step toward further strengthening and development of Turkmen-Belarusian traditionally friendly relations, as well as to give a new impetus to the practical implementation of potential large-scale bilateral cooperation," the report reads.

A constructive international dialogue has recently noticeably intensified, bearing concrete substance in the matters.

Lukashenko paid a visit to Ashgabat in 2009 and Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov made a return visit to Minsk in 2010.

Following their respective visits the presidents signed bilateral documents, which were a major contribution to the legal basis of cooperation that was originally structured with the long term position and with the expectation of particular win-win results."

Turkmenistan and Belarus have recently signed a number of intergovernmental agreements on cooperation in standardization, metrology and certification, as well as in the fields of tourism and sport. The agreements were signed on the basis the Ashgabat meeting of the Turkmen-Belarusian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation.
The sides named industrial and processing sectors, agriculture, supply of agricultural machinery and other special machines and equipment, as well as the construction industry, transport and communications in priority regions.

The sides regard a joint project on the construction of a mining and processing complex in Lebap as an example of successful partnerships. The complex construction was launched in the summer of 2009.

The Neytralniy Turkmenistan newspaper reported that Lukashenko's current visit will become a "new important step toward further strengthening meaningful Turkmen-Belarusian relations, successfully developing both bilaterally and multilaterally in the form of authoritative international organizations and structures, and built on the principles of equality, healthy pragmatism, mutual respect and regard for mutual interests. "