EU delegation holds business talks in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Jul.31 / Trend H.Hasanov /
The European Union's delegation held business talks in Turkmenistan Cooperation in energy and joint efforts against drug distribution were on the agenda, the Turkmen media said.
The State Agency for the management and utilization of hydrocarbon resources and the EU delegation considered a partnership in the energy, mutual interest in development of an EU- Turkmen Memorandum on cooperation and mutual understanding in energy signed in May 2008, the Turkmen national channel Altin Asir said.
The EU representatives discussed the issues topical for humanity, particularly, ensuring the global energy and water security. The sides considered a resistance to common threats, including the fight against drugs as an important area of cooperation.
The Turkmen Parliament and the Foreign Ministry received the EU "trio", which unites the former, current and future EU chairing countries, the Turkmen state news agency said.
While discussing the implementation of agreements reached earlier, the sides expressed need to improve and to expand the existing legal base of cooperation, to implement further joint projects and programs, as well as hold regular meetings, talks, inter-ministerial consultations to determine necessary areas of joint work
The discussions also focused on closer cooperation in trade and economy. The sides stressed the importance of a trade agreement between Turkmenistan and the European Community, approved by the European Parliament in April 2009.
The sides considered cooperation in investment, environmental protection, education and other areas as priority areas for interaction, where efforts look promising.
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