Ashgabat, Ankara discuss partnership intensification prospects

Turkmenistan Materials 15 May 2012 15:26 (UTC +04:00)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 15 / Trend H. Hasanov /

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has received the head of the National Intelligence Organisation of the Turkish Republic Hakan Fidan, the state news service Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary said today.

Prospects for further increasing the traditional partnership were discussed during the meeting. The atmosphere of trust and understanding serves towards its rapid development.

According to mutual opinion, the recent years have become an important period of intensifying the cooperation built on a bilateral and multilateral basis. In particular, the exchange of delegations at various levels has been intensified. Some important joint projects, including those having regional significance have been implemented with others are under implementation.

The parties raised a number of urgent issues of regional and international politics. The two sides reaffirmed the commitment of Turkmenistan and Turkey to cooperate in promoting global peace, security and stability, combating modern threats and challenges.
'Hakan Fidan stressed that Turkey attaches great importance to the development of full cooperation with Turkmenistan', the message said. 'The Turkmen and Turkish people are united by the established ties of friendship and historical and cultural relations'.

The Turkmen president also stressed a high level of inter-state partnership. This has been confirmed by the constructive political dialogue, the dynamics of the bilateral cooperation in trade and economic sphere, the cultural and humanitarian area and intensification of business contacts.

There was a dynamic growth of mutual trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Turkey in 2011. It increased by 25 per cent compared to 2010. Turkmenistan mainly exports textile products, energy materials as well as chemical and agricultural industries.
Metal and its products, household goods, equipment, building materials, the materials of electrical, chemical and light industry, food, vehicles and medicines are all obtained from Turkey.

Turkish companies master more than 1270 investment projects, more than 1200 projects worth over $15 billion and 26 projects worth more than two billion euro and 26 projects worth over 56 billion manat and other projects.

Ankara has expressed interest in the delivery of Caspian energy resources to Europe through the Caspian Sea and Turkey. Ashgabat also wants to involve Turkish companies for the construction of the Avaza resort near the Caspian Sea.