Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday delivered a speech in a conference in Ashkhabat to mark the 15th anniversary of Turkmenistan's gaining status of neutrality, which gave the country independence from the former Soviet Union.
Davutoglu said status of neutrality was "the backbone" of Turkmenistan's foreign policy, adding that the country played a leading role as a neutral state in maintaining international peace as well as improving dialogue in the region.
Davutoglu said Turkish-Turkmen relations continued to develop in all areas, adding that Turkmenistan was "a pivotal country" in Central Asia, which he said was an important region for the security and the stability of Europe-Atlantic region.
Turkish and Turkmen foreign ministries are expected to sign an action plan covering the years 2011 and 2012 during Davutoglu's stay in Ashkhabad.
The Turkish foreign minister is also expected to meet Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on Sunday.
Davutoglu is the first Turkish foreign minister visiting Turkmenistan in nine years.
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