Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 2
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend
Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov discussed the cooperation issues with his Kazakh counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kyrgyz counterpart Erlan Abdyldaev and Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Aslov in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message May 2.
The high-ranking delegations arrived in Ashgabat to participate in the sixth meeting of foreign ministers of the countries participating in the Central Asia + Japan dialogue. Earlier, Meredov met with Japanese and Uzbek foreign ministers.
According to the message, at the meeting with the Kazakh delegation, the sides stressed that the cooperation between Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan reached a qualitatively new level due to the political will of the leadership of the two countries.
At the meeting with the Kyrgyz delegation, the sides stressed the role of high-level visits. The cooperation as part of international organizations was mentioned among the priority areas.
At the meeting with the Tajik delegation, the sides discussed the issues of further development of bilateral relations in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian spheres. Ashgabat attaches great importance to the regional cooperation.
The role of major joint projects, namely, the construction of a transnational gas pipeline, through which Turkmen natural gas has been supplied through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to China since 2009, as well as the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway, commissioned in 2014, has been also stressed.
The railway project which is being currently implemented through the territory of Afghanistan is connected with Tajikistan.
Moreover, the preparatory work is underway to build an additional branch of the transit gas pipeline to China through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Turkmenistan is also considering the possibility of supplying electricity to neighboring countries.