Turkmen president: Cooperation of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan assumes great regional importance
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 16 /Trend, H.Hasanov/
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the last governmental meeting mentioned "the increasing dynamics of Turkmen-Kazakh cooperation", the press service of the Turkmen government reported on Saturday.
The report said that the country's leader said that "cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan is important not only for the two countries, but also in the context of regional relations."
As an example, there was mentioned the successfully realized joint project to build North-South railway, which providing the most efficient and profitable route between Asia and Europe, will contribute to strengthening regional partnerships. "
On the eve, the Avaz town in the Caspian Sea hosted a two-day meeting of the inter-governmental Turkmen-Kazakh commission on economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation. As a result, the commission signed a protocol.
As the priority spheres of cooperation, there were mentioned trade and economy, fuel and energy complex, transport and communication sector, agriculture and fisheries, and tourism.
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan shares a border on the Caspian territory. Cooperation in transport and communications has been strengthening over the recent years. A Turkmenistan-China pipeline has been built through Kazakhstan, which was commissioned in 2009, the possibilities are studied to build a pipeline to Russia under the Caspian Sea project.
In addition, work is underway to jointly implement the North-South project, build the railway corridor through Iran gain an access to the Persian Gulf states.
The new railway of New Uzen (Kazakhstan) Bereket - Etrek (Turkmenistan) - Gurgen (Iran) will provide the European and Asian countries with a convenient, economical way to South Asia, to the Persian Gulf ports, as well as to the countries of Northern and Eastern Europe.
This path is three times shorter than the Suez Canal.