Turkmenistan’s Meredov visits Turkey

March 07, 2014, Friday/ 18:22:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that there will be high-level visits between Turkey and Turkmenistan in the near future, with an agenda of boosting cooperation on energy, transportation and military relations.

Turkmenistan's Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov paid an official visit to Turkey on Friday and met with his counterpart, Davutoğlu. In a joint press conference after the meeting, Davutoğlu said Turkey and Turkmenistan have “brotherly relations” and that the two countries support each other on international platforms.

Davutoğlu announced that President Abdullah Gül is scheduled to visit Turkmenistan in April and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov is expected to come to Turkey in June, adding that bilateral relations are in excellent condition and that Turkey and Turkmenistan are looking for ways to expand cooperation on regional issues. He stated that he had also talked about the situation in Ukraine with Meredov.

Davutoğlu said the trade volume between Turkey and Turkmenistan is about $2.5 billion and that the two countries aim to increase the trade volume to $5 billion. Speaking at the joint press conference, Meredov said that Turkey and Turkmenistan are “one nation, two states,” to emphasize the close relationship between the two countries, adding that Turkmenistan and Turkey would like to increase cooperation in the economic, political, economic, cultural and scientific spheres. Meredov also shared that there are 600 Turkish firms operating in Turkmenistan in various sectors, and that economic relations are in good condition.

Berdimuhammedov visited Turkey twice in 2012, and, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these visits brought the two countries together in various joint projects and plans for investment. Gül paid an official visit to Turkmenistan last year in May.

Since Turkmenistan became independent upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Turkish companies assumed contract work in the country, totaling more than $34 billion, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Apart from the construction sector, the textile and tourism sectors are other areas with active private involvement from Turkey.

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