Turkmenistan looks to economic cooperation with Turkey: president
www.chinaview.cn 2009-08-28 23:31:47   Print

    ANKARA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said Friday his country was always ready to further cooperate with Turkish business circles and companies, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

    Berdymukhamedov called Turkey as its closest and most reliable commercial partner in his speech at the "Turkey-Turkmenistan Tourism Briefing" held in Belek town of the Mediterranean province of Antalya.

    "Turkmenistan desires long-term cooperation. We attach great importance to honest and reliable partners that fulfill their responsibilities," the president was quoted as saying.

    The Turkmen president arrived in Turkey on Thursday for a two-day working visit.

    About 530 Turkish companies are now operating in Turkmenistan and are mostly engaged in industry, transportation and construction sectors, said Berdymukhamedov.

    He also invited Turkish companies to seek opportunities in Turkmenistan, which boasts remarkable geographical position, transportation and telecommunication infrastructure and natural resources.

    Electricity generated by Turkmenistan has been sent to Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Turkey. Turkmenistan's annual electricity generation would rise up to 26.38 billion kilowatt hours once Turkish companies complete construction of power plants in the Central Asian country, said Berdymukhamedov.

    Commenting on his country's activities in the energy sector, Berdymukhamedov said Turkmenistan wants cooperation based on mutual benefits and equal rights with every country that is interested, according to the report.

    Turkmenistan is viewed as a potential supplier for the planned Nabucco natural gas pipeline that aims to carry natural gas from the Caspian region and Central Asia to Europe to reduce European energy dependence on Russia.

Editor: Yan
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