Erdoðan and Berdymukhammedov exchanged views on bilateral relations and eventually agreed to keep in close contact to improve bilateral cooperation between Turkey and Turkmenistan, the Anatolia news agency reported.
During the meeting, Erdoðan underlined the importance Ankara puts on its relations with the Central Asian world, with which it has ethnic and linguistic ties, and said that the government would work hard to improve political and economic relations with the Turkic world.
While in the Turkmen capital, Erdoðan also held talks with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Iranian Vice-President Parviz Davudi. Talks were closed to press, but sources told the Anatolia news agency that energy and commercial cooperation opportunities between the countries as well as regional issues were discussed.
Erdoðan departed for Turkey late afternoon yesterday and was accompanied during his trip by state ministers Beþir Atalay and Mehmet Aydýn and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Güler.
Earlier in the day, Berdymukhammedov was sworn in at a session of the People's Council, the highest legislative body, a few minutes after the head of the central elections commission announced he had won Sunday's election with nearly 90 percent of the vote.
The poll was the first time Turkmenistan held a presidential election with more than one candidate. However, all six candidates were members of the country's only legal political party and Berdymukhammedov has shown no signs of interest in ending Turkmenistan's one-party system. Despite this, since becoming interim president after Niyazov's Dec. 21 death, Berdymukhammedov has called for changes in the path set by Niyazov who had fostered an all-encompassing cult of personality in his two decades in power.
In his inauguration speech to the People's Council, he pledged to allow ordinary Turkmens access to the Internet -- under Niyazov, the Internet was available only to officials, journalists and some organizations. He also promised the "development of private ownership and entrepreneurship," educational reforms, and more doctors and hospitals. Berdymukhammedov himself, as health minister, was responsible for implementing Niyazov's 2005 order to close all hospitals outside the capital and fire some 15,000 doctors.
Although Berdymukhammedov's proposed reforms would roll back some of Niyazov's policies, he also has pledged to follow the general course set by Niyazov, who dominated the country in a personality cult that included calling himself Turkmenbashi (Father of All Turkmen). In his inauguration speech he promised "to dedicate myself to the legacy of Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16