Turkmenistan expanding relations with Asia-Pacific
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Sept. 19
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Horii Manabu met in Ashgabat and discussed the prospects for development of political cooperation, said Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry in a message Sept. 19.
Over the past years, Turkmenistan and Japan have established a solid legal basis, which is the foundation for development of trade and economic relations.
Turkmenistan and Japan also expressed commitment to developing cooperation in tourism, science and education.
Moreover, Turkmen officials held talks with delegations from Singapore and Thailand in the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.
During the talks, Singapore’s Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sam Tan proposed to expand cooperation in preparation of high-level visits.
At the meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn, the sides stressed the positive dynamics in development of relations between the countries.
Japanese companies are involved in various projects to diversify the Turkmen economy. Among such projects are ammonia and carbamide plants, built in the Turkmen city of Mary in 2014, a sulfuric acid plant put into operation in Turkmenabat in July 2016, and a plant for production of polyethylene and polypropylene, planned to be commissioned in Turkmenistan in 2018.
Memorandums were signed, as well as agreements on a number of projects, worth a total of $18 billion, were concluded during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Turkmenistan in October 2015.