Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Feb.1/ Trend, H. Hasanov /
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov received Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, the Turkmen government said on Wednesday.
The sides discussed prospects for further deepening and diversifying efficient cooperation in trade and economic sphere, including in the energy sector.
"Turkmenistan focuses on strengthening and expanding fruitful cooperation with Malaysia," - Berdimuhammadov said at the meeting.
Industrial sector, transport and telecommunications, introduction of high technologies, as well as tourism are mentioned as promising spheres.
"In this context, the sides underlined the aspiration of the Malaysian business circles for establishing long-term cooperation with Turkmenistan, which is due to the intensity of the Turkmen market development and a favorable investment climate here," the article said.
Aman conveyed greetings on behalf of the Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, adding that "his country pays great attention to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation with Turkmenistan".
Malaysia's interest to Turkmen market is primarily due to the activity of the State Oil Company Petronas Charigali, operating in the Turkmen sector of Caspian Sea since 1996.
This company has started industrial production and oil export in Turkmenistan in May 2006, raw materials are transported through Azerbaijan and Iran. Recently, natural gas production has also become possible. Natural gas may be transported both on the traditional route to Russia, and on the planned gas pipeline to Europe through the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan.
Malaysian Embassy is planned to be opened in Ashgabat in the near future.