Georgian ambassador: Turkmenistan plays key role in global energy security
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 29 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Georgian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Iosif Chahvashvili wrote in an article published in the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper that the ties between the two countries are based on coinciding interests, in particular, in ensuring stability and security in the South Caucasus and Central Asia and beyond.
The article was written on the occasion of the National Day of Georgia.
"One should stress Turkmenistan's key role in ensuring global energy security," the diplomat said. "This is an important component of stability and sustainability of the system of international political and economic relations in general."
Turkmenistan in its energy strategy strictly adheres to the principle of diversification of export routes for energy supplies to the world markets, including the European route. This has been repeatedly and publicly confirmed by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Georgian ambassador said.
"We like Turkmenistan's reasonable position as Georgia is an important part of the South-Caucasian transport and energy corridor and is ready to ensure reliable and safe transit of energy resources through its territory from the Caspian Basin, and Central Asia," the article said.
The relations in the energy sector may be a key area of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Georgia.
The experts said that the route to Europe via the Caspian Sea looks more attractive for Turkmenistan ranking fourth in terms of largest natural gas reserves in the world (after Russia, Iran and Qatar).
Besides Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have significant gas reserves in Central Asia. The exploration work is being actively conducted in Afghanistan.
Maximum capacity of the Nabucco pipeline is planned to hit 31 billion cubic meters a year. The project participants are the Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Romanian Transgaz, Turkish Botas and German RWE.
AGRI envisages supplying in a liquefied form through Azerbaijan and Georgia's Black Sea coast to Romania.