Turkmenistan, Qatar mull cooperation prospects
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, September 2
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov discussed the topical issues of bilateral cooperation at a meeting with Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, the Turkmen government said.
Stressing the broad prospects for the development of trade and economic relations, the sides called for intensifying fruitful partnership in various fields.
The oil and gas sector was stressed as one of the key vectors of interstate relations.
The two countries, which are among the leading exporters of natural gas, attach particular importance to the diversification of cooperation in this strategic direction.
Investments, trade, high technologies and construction are among the promising areas of the Turkmenistan-Qatar cooperation.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1996.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited the representatives of the Qatari business circles in April 2016 to participate in the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) transnational gas pipeline.
President Berdimuhamedov added that the pipeline is designed to supply natural gas to the major countries of South-East Asia, contribute to solving the economic problems of the region, important social and humanitarian issues.
The solemn ceremony of launching the TAPI construction, with a capacity of up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas, was held in mid-December 2015.