Turkmenistan's president has replaced Deputy Prime Minister Baimurad Khojamukhamedov, who oversaw the country's fuel and energy complex, citing health reasons, state television reported on Saturday.
Turkmenistan, Central Asia's top gas producer, is offering natural gas to be drawn from the world's fourth-largest reserves to consumers in Europe, China and Iran as it seeks to diversify supplies from its traditional market, Russia.
President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has named Yagshigeldy Kakayev, the head of state agency for hydrocarbon resources, to temporarily take over the duties of deputy prime minister, state television said.
The president reprimanded Khojamukhamedov about month ago for "for unsatisfactory performance of official duties", local media reported, citing delays in gas and oil facilities construction.
Turkmenistan has recently agreed to increase natural gas exports to Iran and a Turkmenistan delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov will hold talks with Iran authorities in Tehran this Saturday.
"Iran is interested in increasing of gas supplies from Turkmenistan," a source close to the talks told Reuters.
Turkmenistan president replace deputy PM
Turkmenistan's president has replaced Deputy PM Khojamukhamedov, who oversaw the country's fuel and energy complex, citing health reasons.