Davutoglu says Turkish, Turkmen officials to make more contacts

Turkey's foreign minister said that Turkish and Turkmen executives were planning to make reciprocal visits to each other's countries every year.

Davutoglu says Turkish, Turkmen officials to make more contacts

Turkey's foreign minister said on Sunday that Turkish and Turkmen executives were planning to make reciprocal visits to each other's countries every year.

Ahmet Davutoglu said he visited Turkmenistan because his Turkmen counterpart and he was planning to meet as the previous meeting of that kind had taken place years ago.

"We signed an action plan covering the next two years, and we want to create a new atmosphere in our diplomatic and political relations," Davutoglu told reporters before he left Turkmenistan.

Davutoglu said the two ministries would boost cooperation, particularly training at diplomatic academies.

Minister Davutoglu debated regional issues, Middle East, energy in the Caspian basin, transportation projects and Afghanistan with Turkmen executives.

Davutoglu said he also participated in the ceremonies to mark Turkmenistan's neutrality, and held talks with his Uzbek, Afghan, Pakistani and Azerbaijani counterparts who were all in Ashkhabad to attend the ceremonies.

The Turkish minister also said he would inform Turkish Airlines (THY) executives about the demand of businessmen to launch flights between Ashkhabad and Ankara.

Davutoglu met his Turkmen counterpart Rasit Meredow, was received by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, and delivered a speech in an international conference on "Turkmenistan's Permanent Neutrality: Cooperation for Peace, Security and Development."

Ahmet Davutoglu is the first Turkish foreign minister to pay an official visit to Turkmenistan in nine years.

Turkmenistan is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its permanent neutrality, which gave the country independence from the former Soviet Union. The neutrality was approved by 185 countries on December 12, 1995.


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