Turkmen-U.S political consultations start in Washington
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 21 / Trend H. Hasanov /
A Turkmen governmental delegation will take part in Turkmenistan-U.S political consultations in Washington on March 21-25, the official Turkmen source said.
These events take place on a regular basis. Agreement was previously reached during Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's visit to New York, where he attended the 62nd Session of UN General Assembly in September 2007.
Last year, after a five-year absence from the country, having the richest natural gas reserves in the world and bordering the Caspian Sea, Afghanistan and Iran, the U.S Ambassador took up his duties in Ashgabat.
The diplomatic mission was headed by career diplomat Robert Patterson. He has held posts in Central and Eastern Europe, the North Caucasus, Russia, the Soviet Union and Eastern Africa.
The first business exhibition was held in Ashgabat last year with around 60 U.S. companies attending A high level business forum was also held with a number of companies including Chevron, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Case opening their offices in the country.
The U.S. shows interest in such projects as the laying of gas pipelines from Turkmenistan to Europe via the Caspian Sea and to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan. Moreover, negotiations on the development of Turkmen hydrocarbon fields are being held. Ashgabat is inviting U.S. companies to develop the Turkmen Caspian shelf.