Italian ambassador takes office in Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 4
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Italy's Ambassador Marco Mancini Oct. 3.
Mancini arrived in Ashgabat to present his credentials, according to national TV channel 'Turkmenistan'.
The diplomat conveyed greetings from his country's officials, and said the development of long-term full-scale partnership with Turkmenistan corresponds to Italy's foreign policy strategy.
Reportedly, during the meeting, the parties exchanged views on prospects for cooperation between the two states and expressed interest in expanding partnership. Such fields as fuel and energy, trade and economic, transport and communication sectors, urban development, agriculture and other areas were highlighted as priorities in the partnership.
It was also reported that Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited the Italian officials to visit Turkmenistan at any time convenient for them.
Turkmenistan and Italy regularly hold joint business forums. In these forums the Italian side is represented by heads of over 70 corporations, leading banks and companies specializing in energy industry, agriculture, food and textile industry, construction, transportation, telecommunications, banking and financial sectors, and aerospace science.
The Italian business is represented in the Turkmen market by the Eni UK Holding plc (subsidiary of the Italian company Eni). The Eni UK Holding plc earlier bought the shares in the British company Burren Energy. Its activities are being carried out as part of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) signed in 2001.
The Eni's management also previously announced about its desire to help in the long term to deliver the Turkmen gas to the Indian market.