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30 May 2019

Belarus-Turkmenistan economic cooperation discussed in Ashgabat

Belarus-Turkmenistan economic cooperation discussed in Ashgabat

ASHGABAT, 30 May (BelTA) – Belarus Prime Minister Sergei Rumas and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow met in Ashgabat on 30 May, BelTA has learned.

Sergei Rumas thanked the president for the meeting and for the warm welcome the Belarusian delegation received in Ashgabat. He noted that Belarus appreciates Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow’s close attention to the development of friendly relations between Belarus and Turkmenistan.

The parties also discussed ways to boost mutual trade. “We have discussed bilateral cooperation issues and can say that Belarus-Turkmenistan cooperation is developing dynamically. However, there is still room for further development. We could advance joint projects, boost mutual trade and supplies of Belarusian equipment which has received positive feedback in Turkmenistan,” Sergei Rumas told journalists following the meeting.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow invited Belarus to take part in the 1st Caspian Economic Forum due in Turkmenistan in August. “Belarus will definitely send a delegation to such a high-profile event,” Sergei Rumas noted.

The Belarusian delegation headed by Sergei Rumas arrived in Turkmenistan to take part in the CIS Heads of Government Council in Ashgabat on 31 May. The heads of government will hold meetings in the narrow and extended formats. At a narrow format meeting, the heads of governments are set to share opinions on the important issues of economic cooperation in the CIS and decide on the date and place for the next meeting. A package of documents on cooperation between the CIS member states will be signed during the meeting in the extended format.

In 2018, the trade between Belarus and Turkmenistan totaled $32.2 million, with Belarusian export accounting for $27.5 million. In January-March 2019, the trade was $7.3 million (up 12% year-on-year), with Belarusian export totaling $5.8 million (up by 9.2%).


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