Turkmenistan, Georgia to hold high-level negotiations
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Dec.15
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
High-level negotiations will be held between Turkmenistan and Georgia in Ashgabat on Dec.15, a message from the government of Turkmenistan said.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili arrived in Turkmenistan on Dec.14 for this purpose.
During the talks, alongside with the key areas of the interstate cooperation, Berdimuhamedov and Margvelashvili will also discuss a number of relevant international and regional policy issues of mutual interest, according to the message.
"Turkmenistan and Georgia successfully cooperate within influential international organizations, primarily in UN and express intention to continue the fruitful dialogue," said the message.
Following the negotiations, the sides will sign a package of bilateral documents that will strengthen the partnership and diversify the business contacts.
Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary (TDH) state news service named the trade, energy and transport spheres among the priority areas of cooperation.
"In the light of contemporary realities, given the favorable geographical position of Turkmenistan and Georgia, there are great opportunities for cooperation in the transport sector and participation in the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects," TDH said.
In this regard, the Europe-Caucasus-Asia Transport Corridor (TRACECA) and the plans to revive the Great Silk Road are regarded as prospective projects.
"The project for construction of Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey is also a relevant project," Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper said.
"This project could be an integral part of the modern continental transport and communication system by providing new opportunities for the participating countries to get access to the world market and by promoting the intensification of trade and economic relations in Eurasia," the newspaper wrote.
Georgian officials earlier said that the relations with Turkmenistan in the sphere of fuel and energy complex, especially, participation in such a large international project as Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector (AGRI) and others can be the important aspect of cooperation.
Experts believe that a route to Europe through the Caspian Sea seems to be the best option for Turkmenistan which has the fourth largest natural gas reserve in the world.
Georgian officials have repeatedly stated that Georgia is an important part of the South Caucasus transport and energy corridor and is ready to ensure a reliable and safe transit of energy resources from the Caspian Sea and Central Asia through its territory.
Edited by CN