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9 Oct 2014

Lukashenko, Berdimuhamedov launch construction of new Turkmenistan Embassy in Minsk

MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov laid a time capsule with a message to descendents at the foundation of Turkmenistan’s Embassy in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said that it symbolizes a new advanced stage in cooperation between Belarus and Turkmenistan. “We launch the construction of the complex of buildings of Turkmenistan’s Embassy in Belarus. By doing so we prove that we are confident in the long-term character of our cooperation, eagerness to develop and enhance it,” the Belarusian leader said.

The Belarusian head of state noted that since the establishment of bilateral relations the two countries have promoted ties and have become strategic partners. “We are connected by mutual economic interests, similarity of approaches on many issues of the foreign and domestic policies, friendly relations between our hardworking peoples,” the Belarusian President said. In his words, Belarus and Turkmenistan organize regular meetings at the highest level, maintain sustainable contacts at the level of governments, ministries and companies, have developed a formidable legal framework of bilateral relations. Over the past five years the bilateral trade increased 4.5 times. Belarus and Turkmenistan implement a large-scale project to build the Garlyk mining and processing factory. Alexander Lukashenko said that the countries made a huge progress in the scientific, technical and humanitarian cooperation, expanded the geography of inter-regional ties, enhance contacts between the business circles of Belarus and Turkmenistan. “All that is an eloquent testimony to the versatility of our partnership,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

The opening of the Turkmen Embassy in Minsk will create new opportunities for ramping up partnership. The embassy will become a home of friendship and a place for productive meetings, Alexander Lukashenko said. “I am convinced that in the near future we will attend the solemn ceremony to open the new facility which will enrich the architectural look of the Belarusian capital,” he said. The Belarusian head of state assured his Turkmen counterpart that the Belarusian side will do its best to support the construction project.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov remarked that the new building of the embassy will be the place where Belarusians will be able to learn more about the culture and art of Turkmenistan, meet with scientists and intellectuals. “I am convinced that the building will rely on a solid foundation of friendship and understanding, and that its doors will be always open for friends and partners,” the President of Turkmenistan emphasized.

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