Kyrgyzstan president visits Turkmenistan to boost cooperation


ASHGABAT (TCA) — Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov and Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov signed a Declaration on Strategic Cooperation, Strengthening Friendship and Trust between Turkmenistan and the Kyrgyz Republic during Jeenbekov’s state visit to Turkmenistan on August 23.

Commenting on the top-level talks, President Berdymuhamedov said that the Kyrgyz president’s visit to Turkmenistan was a “landmark event” for the two nations, Turkmen state media reported.

Berdymuhamedov confirmed Turkmenistan’s readiness to develop the brotherly relations, strengthen the bonds of friendship and mutually advantageous partnership with Kyrgyzstan.

Regarding bilateral trade and economic partnership, the parties noted the need to make the most of the two countries’ untapped potential, designate new areas for cooperation in industry, agriculture, the processing industry, and construction.

The sides noted that the existing level of bilateral trade does not reflect the enormous possibilities of the two countries, and stressed the importance of identifying new areas and forms of partnership.

President Berdymuhamedov suggested that business circles, private companies and enterprises of the two countries must engage in this work more actively. Stressing the importance of establishing direct business contacts and organizing joint exhibitions for producers from the two countries, the Turkmen leader expressed readiness to support such initiatives and facilitate them.

The two leaders emphasized that both Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan possess an enormous potential for cooperation in such strategic areas as energy and transport. Due to their geographic location at the crossroads of continental Eurasian routes, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan could play a proactive role in creating the East-West transport routes.

The presidents also said they are willing to vigorously support large-scale regional energy and transport projects.

Sergey Kwan