PM: Kazakhstan is interested in strengthening of cooperation with Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 30 / Trend H.Hasanov /
Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov at a meeting in Ashgabat with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the interest of Astana to strengthen cooperation with Ashgabat in all directions, the Turkmen government said.
"Masimov noted Kazakhstan's high interest in strengthening and expanding the fruitful cooperation with Turkmenistan in all directions," a statement said.
During the meeting the sides exchanged views on a wide range of interaction which due to the efforts of the parties is "a long-term strategic partnership."
The two countries have taken steps aimed to fully expand cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, including regional cooperation within the CIS.
President of Turkmenistan highlighted the importance of addressing the issues of reliable and stable transit of energy resources to international markets, transit and transport capabilities, as well as environmental safety.
The sides noted the presence of broad prospects for further expansion and diversification of trade and economic relations, as well as opportunities to enhance bilateral cooperation in such strategic areas as energy and transport.
A good example of successful co-operation has been named an ambitious project for the construction of transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China.
The sides expressed confidence in further steady development of the Turkmen-Kazakh relations, whose powerful foundation is a historical community and the centuries-old fraternal ties of the two neighboring nations, the statement said.
The volume of mutual trade turnover of the two Caspian countries in 2011 doubled compared to 2010. Among the priority areas of cooperation - trade and economic sphere, fuel and energy complex, transport and communication sector, agriculture and fisheries, and tourism.