ASHGABAT (TCA) — On July 6, a meeting was held in Ashgabat between the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov. They discussed the intensification of the multilateral cooperation between the European Union and Turkmenistan, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry reported on its website.
The parties discussed the key vectors of a new EU Strategy for Central Asia which emphasizes the vital role of regional cooperation, social and economic development, energy security, creation of a favorable investment climate and joint resolution of ecological problems. The parties also discussed important projects in the field of developing transport systems and regional energy infrastructure, including the construction of the gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India and stressed their commitment to the implementation of joint strategic goals.
After the talks, the parties signed the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community on the Establishment and the Privileges and Immunities of the Delegation of the European Union in Turkmenistan.
Then, the heads of the external policy agencies of the EU and Turkmenistan spoke at the briefing on the outcomes of the meeting, which was attended by the heads of the diplomatic missions and international organizations in Turkmenistan and local mass media.
In the first half of the day, Mogherini was also received by the Chairwoman of the Parliament (Mejlis) of Turkmenistan.