Turkey eyes promoting ties with Turkmenistan

Trade relations, bilateral investments, energy, transportation top Turkish FM’s agenda in Ashgabat

Turkey eyes promoting ties with Turkmenistan

Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday expressed willingness to promote the bilateral relations with Turkmenistan.

Speaking after a meeting with his Turkmen counterpart Rashid Meredov in Ashgabat, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “We know that we need to accelerate our relations. We will from now on meet [with Turkmen officials] more regularly and more often. 

“During today’s talks, we have evaluated particularly our trade relations and bilateral investments. On the other hand, we have discussed our very important topics such as energy and transportation.”

Cavusoglu was earlier received by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the capital city.

Stating that scores of Turkish firms invested in Turkmenistan and carried out projects, Cavusoglu thanked Turkmen officials for supporting to Turkish companies.

Approximately 600 Turkish companies are registered in Turkmenistan, according to Turkish Foreign Ministry.

“Turkmenistan has become the leading country in Central Asia for Turkish contracting companies,” the ministry says in the website.

Following the meeting, Cavusoglu and Meredov inked a document on the cooperation program between the two ministries for 2019-2020.

“We will continue working together to implement all the elements of the roadmap [of the program],” Cavusoglu said.

Turkey will also give support to the regional conference to be held in Turkmenistan on transportation and will attend it, he added.

Cavusoglu also said he conveyed messages of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit and mentioned the possibility of holding a trilateral summit between Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan.