President: Turkmenistan sees Azerbaijan as reliable partner
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 30 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov received Azerbaijani First Deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyubov, the Turkmen government said on Wednesday.
"We see Azerbaijan as sincere friend and reliable partner, a country holding the same views with us in addressing many urgent issues of regional and global policy and we attach great importance to the development of traditionally friendly Turkmen-Azerbaijani relations," the Turkmen leader said at the meeting, media report says.
In turn, senior guest conveyed the hearty greetings on behalf of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to President Berdimuhammadov and his best wishes to the Turkmen people.
President Berdimuhammadov also expressed his best wishes to President Aliyev, stressing that the peoples of two countries are bounded with relations of friendship and brotherhood based on mutual respect for each other, equality and a common desire for progress and development.
"As the president said, the Turkmen-Azerbaijani dialogue is characterized with high-level trust and mutual understanding, which is a solid basis for steady development of cooperation both at the bilateral level and within international organizations," the government report said.
During the meeting the sides discussed the priority aspects of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani partnership, "solid potential which opens up the most favorable opportunities to establish efficient interaction both in the bilateral format and within authoritative international organizations, including the CIS."
In this regard, as the media report says, urgency of Turkmenistan's international initiatives, including its initiative on the establishment of inter-regional energy dialogue under the auspices of the UN, designed to create an international legal framework for ensuring a reliable and stable transit of energy resources to international markets, which in turn, is an essential factor in addressing issues related to global energy security, was emphasized at the meeting.
For several years, Turkmenistan, together with its partners in the region is actively working on implementation of major projects to optimize traffic flow in the Eurasian space.
The sides also discussed issues of interstate cooperation in the ecological sphere, in particular, promoting Turkmenistan's initiative to establish a specialized structure - Interregional Center of the UN on addressing climate change problems with headquarters in Ashgabat.
The sides expressed confidence that "relations between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan will continue to develop in the best traditions of friendship and good neighborliness, in the name of common good," the report says.
The two states coexist in the Caspian Sea and regularly hold negotiations to determine the legal status of a unique basin, rich in hydrocarbon and bio-resources.
Azerbaijan can become an important transit country for Turkmenistan, which is rich in natural gas, for export of the fuel to the European market in case of construction of Trans-Caspian pipeline, which will allow diversifying energy resources markets.