Doha, – The State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkmenistan enjoy distinct and stable relations based on mutual understanding and respect, and common willingness to develop and upgrade these relations at all levels.

The exchange of visits between HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and HE President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow represents a strong boost for the bilateral relations and affirms the joint keenness on continued coordination between the two countries at all levels.

HH the Emir’s visit to Turkmenistan last March represented a great opportunity for signing many cooperation agreements and partnerships between the two countries in the fields of finance, sports, tourism, education, transportation and culture.

The visit by President Berdimuhamedow to Doha coincides with the 21th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, and marks the President’s first visit after winning the presidential elections by 97.7%.

Qatar-Turkmenistan joint committee achieved great progress in strengthening cooperation between the two countries. The second meeting held last November under the chairmanship of HE Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Turkmenistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow represented a comprehensive review of the various aspects of the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, particularly in the areas of trade and investment, and ways of enhancing them to fulfill the aspirations of the higher leaderships in both countries.

The capital Ashgabat hosted the committee’s first meeting in January 2013 and discussed cooperation between the two countries in the economic, trade and industrial sectors, as well as education, health, tourism, energy, sports and air transport fields.

On January 4, the Cabinet approved a draft memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation between the Government of Qatar and the Government of Turkmenistan as one of the most distinguished areas in the two countries at regional and international levels.

An executive program for cooperation between the foreign ministries of Qatar and Turkmenistan was also signed last year to undertake various actions during the years 2016-2017, including consultations on bilateral topics, discussing ways to further developing relations between the two countries, working within the framework of international organizations and the United Nations for cooperation in the trade and economy field, consultation on consular matters, in addition to issues of common interest between the two friendly countries.

Turkmenistan is a key player in the geopolitical arena as one of the largest gas exporters. The country holds the world’s fourth largest natural gas reserves and has the substantial potential to increase gas exports through diversification of routes and expansion of partnership in export markets. Turkmenistan is also one of the pillars of the gas industry in Central and Southeast Asia through its gas pipeline project, which includes Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

Turkmenistan pays special attention to developing international energy cooperation as key to serve its national interests and meet the needs of its international partners. In this regard, the leader of Turkmenistan initiated the “Resolution Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy and Its Role in Ensuring Sustainable Development and International Cooperation” which was adopted at the plenary meeting of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. (MORE)

Source: Qatar News Agency