Netherlands to strengthen relations with Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 25
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
In his letter to Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander highlighted goals to further strengthen the current relationships between the two countries based on friendship and mutual understanding.
The letter published in Turkmenistan's media outlets was handed out by Dutch Ambassador Ronald Jacobus Petrus Marie van Dartel who presented his credentials to Turkmenistan's Parliamentary Speaker Akja Nurberdiyeva.
'"The high personal qualities of Mr. van Dartel give us ground to believe that he will fulfil a mission entrusted to him so as to gain the approval and respect of your Excellency', the letter said.
The Turkmen Dovlet khabarlary state news service reported that during the meeting in parliament, the head of the Dutch diplomatic mission stressed that it is a great honour for him to represent his country in Turkmenistan which by right has been recognised as a peacekeeping centre actively contributing towards the establishment of good-neighbourly relations with other countries and the establishment of a positive constructive dialogue in the general interest.
The Netherlands envoy expressed confidence that cooperation between the two countries has all the prerequisites to grow into full-scale relations meeting the realities of modern times and mutual interests of partnership.
The Shell Company has been showing a special interest in Turkmenistan. During its time in the country the oil and gas company has worked out a feasibility study of the project for construction of a gas pipeline to Turkey and Europe.
Turkmenistan has the fourth largest natural gas reserves in the world and adheres to the concept of diversification of hydrocarbon transportation to world markets, including European markets.
It was earlier reported that Alliance Engineering and Construction B.V got a contract for construction of the largest primary oil refining unit in the country with a capacity of three million tons in a plant in the city of Turkmenbashi.
It was also earlier reported that Chemix BV International got a contract for the supply of equipment, installation and commissioning of a plant for the recycling of lubricating oil waste and other oil products used in Turkmenistan.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.