Several Uzbek-Turkmen inter-governmental documents signed in Tashkent

Politics Materials 5 May 2011 19:00 (UTC +04:00)

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, May 5 / Trend D. Azizov /

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Uzbek President Islam Karimov signed the joint Uzbek-Turkmen statement after the talks, held within the official visit of the Turkmen President to Uzbekistan.

Moreover, Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev and Turkmen Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations Bayar Abayev signed an intergovernmental agreement on the mutual establishment of trade representative offices, Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov and deputy chairman of the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers Gurbanmyrat Mezilov - Intergovernmental Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation and a memorandum of understanding between the national libraries of the two countries
"Our talks have demonstrated the relations between the two fraternal countries," President Berdimuhamedov said.

He stressed that the talks were held in an atmosphere of openness and goodwill and will promote the development of fruitful cooperation on the basis of good neighborliness.

"We consider the Turkmen President's visit as a logical continuation of the meetings held so far at the highest level," President Karimov said.

"Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have a need to intensify the friendly relations that have historically existed between our peoples," the Uzbek President said.

He said that a thorough exchange of views that took place during the negotiations, has revealed and confirmed a single approach or similarity of views on the issues of strengthening regional security and stability, joint struggle against international terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime.

The parties have common positions on the issues of water and energy issues in Central Asia on the basis of norms and principles of the international law, taking into account the interests and the agreement of all countries in the region.

Uzbekistan supports a balanced foreign policy of Turkmenistan. In this case, both sides agree that the issue of establishing peace in neighboring Afghanistan can be resolved by peaceful means with the participation of international organizations and Afghanistan's neighboring countries.

"There is no other way out of this impasse, except for a compromise", Karimov said.

Uzbekistan also supports Turkmenistan's position on the search for alternative ways of transportation of hydrocarbons.

In this regard, signing of the agreement in Ashgabat on the establishment of an international transport corridor Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman-Qatar, which will link Central Asia with the ports of the Persian Gulf, is a historic one, Karimov said.