President: France ready to support Turkmenistan’s regeneration
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov. 1 / Trend H. Hasanov /
France is ready to support Turkmenistan in its regeneration and development, French President Francois Hollande told Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov in his letter.
The message is timed to coincide with the 21st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.
'I hope that our cooperation will continue to expand through new areas of partnership and mutual interest', the letter said. 'France in particular, is ready to support the modernisation and development of your country'.
This year, the two countries celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. Hollande said that the constructive cooperation between France and Turkmenistan, established on the basis of mutual trust over the past two decades has tremendous growth potential.
French companies in Turkmenistan are well represented in such areas as construction, transport, tourism and energy.
The two countries are also interested in implementing the project of transporting Turkmen gas to Europe. A variant of laying a gas pipeline through the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan and joining it to the transnational Nabucco project is being considered.
French Total could be involved in the development of hydrocarbon resources in the Turkmen part of the Caspian Sea and exploring the opportunities of gas transportation to Europe in the near future. Gas de France expressed its interest in cooperating in this sphere.
French firm Schneider Electric signed an agreement with the Turkmen government within the consortium with the Belgian Enex to ensure the energy supply of the Turkmen capital.
Last year, Thales Alenia Space started constructing Turkmen's first national satellite, scheduled for launch in 2014.
The Turkmen president received the heads of VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues companies. In particular, Bouygues has already implemented several projects in Turkmenistan. According to various estimates, their total value exceeded $2 billion. VINCI received a large contract in 2011 to build a government complex in Ashgabat.