Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 25
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov discussed the economic cooperation prospects in Ashgabat Aug. 25, the Turkmen government said.
During the meeting, power engineering and transport were cited as strategic areas of the cooperation. The talks demonstrated the willingness of Turkmenistan and Bulgaria to cooperate in ensuring the global energy security and diversifying the energy flows.
"The sides' positions towards the achievement of this goal are very similar and are based on a responsible approach corresponding to the modern realities and the need to take into account the balance of interests of many sides in the world energy area," a statement said.
In this regard, Turkmenistan considers Bulgaria as a promising partner. It is ready to start concrete talks on the cooperation prospects in this area both on a bilateral basis and within the long-term energy cooperation between Turkmenistan and Europe.
There are broad prospects for partnership in the transport sector in terms of developing the transit and transport corridors between Asia and Europe on the east-west direction with a way to the South and Eastern Europe, the Caspian, Black and Mediterranean basins and the markets of the Middle East.
President Berdimuhamedov stressed that the new port infrastructure of Turkmenbashi city is being constructed on the Caspian coast of Turkmenistan.
The president called for intensifying the bilateral cooperation in the field of marine transportation, as well as within the specialized international organizations, in particular, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
The president called the Bulgarian partners for active participation in investment and industrial activity in the country.
Among promising areas of cooperation, President Berdimuhamedov outlined such areas as tourism, construction, medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and processing of agricultural products, textile and chemical industry and investment cooperation.