Ashkhabad Regards Meeting of Presidents of Turkmenistan and Latvia as Prologue to Full-scale Dialogue
Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 October / Trend / Presidents of Turkmenistan and Latvia will discuss the
priorities of partnership on October 8, ITAR-TASS reported. "Special attention will be paid to opportunities of partnership, taking into account intensification of dialogue between Turkmenistan and European Union, which Latvia has joined in 2004," official statement by the Latvian government in connection with the Latvian President Valdis Zatler's visit said.
Valdis Zatlers is to arrive in Ashkhabad tonight [8 October] within the frames of a tour of countries of the Central Asia, which launched on October 2 from Kazakhstan and continued in Uzbekistan. The meeting is considered as "the prologue to full-scale interstate dialogue," the Turkmen government reported.
Riga does not exclude discussions over realization of the Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Europe Trans-Caspian gas pipeline as one of variants of development of "Nabucco" European project on delivery of Asian gas to Europe.
Negotiations will be focused on issues of power supply, Andris Pelshs, councilor of president for foreign affairs said a day before the visit. It is expected that bilateral papers, called on to lay firm platform for further strengthening of cooperation in interests of two friendly nations, will be signed as a result of Latvian President's visit to Ashgabat.
Diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Latvian Republic were established in 1993, however, its ambassador was accredited in Ashkhabad only last year. Latvia occupies the 17th place in total volume of external commerce of Turkmenistan.
Central Asian country exports mainly oil products, textile and agricultural production to Latvia. Latvia supplies equipment and mechanisms, transport means, metallic manufacture and production of chemical industry to Turkmenistan. Two projects were registered in Turkmenistan on September 1, 2008, in the amount of $1 mln, which are realized with participation of Latvian companies in oil and gas and energy sphere.