Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 11
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
The Turkmen-Kyrgyz top level negotiations are being held in Ashgabat. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev paid an official visit to Turkmenistan last evening, a source close to the negotiations told Trend Nov. 11.
A number of bilateral documents are expected to be signed following the talks.
Earlier the sides said that such strategic sectors as power engineering and transport are relevant for cooperation.
"Today's presidential meeting will give an impetus to the interstate relations between Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan," Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary state news service reported. "They seek to bring the bilateral partnership to a qualitatively new level."
The two countries are involved in a large project for the Central Asian gas supply to China, primarily, from Turkmenistan.
The China National Petroleum Corporation, or simply CNPC, has been buying gas from the Central Asia since 2009 after the launch of the first two branches of the pipeline (A and B) running from Turkmenistan through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
The third branch (C) of the gas pipeline has been launched recently along the same route.
The additional fourth branch (D) is constructed through Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
China and Turkmenistan have an agreement to boost deliveries by 2020 to 65 billion cubic meters of gas.
edited by CN