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10 Dec 2015

Garlyk factory expected to crown Belarus-Turkmenistan cooperation

Garlyk factory expected to crown Belarus-Turkmenistan cooperation

ASHGABAT, 10 December (BelTA) – The project to build the Garlyk mining and processing factory for manufacturing potash fertilizers will become the crown jewel of Belarus-Turkmenistan cooperation. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement after negotiations with his Turkmen counterpart on 10 December, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus prioritizes this key project in bilateral trade and economic cooperation. The factory is being built by Belarusian specialists.

The Belarusian leader said: “For Belarus Turkmenistan is one of the most important strategic partners in Central Asia. Belarus and Turkmenistan are connected by genuinely friendly ties.”

In his words, the fact is confirmed by productive cooperation on the bilateral basis and the multilateral one. “Just like Turkmenistan our country aims for mutual respect and equal cooperation with any partners without an exception. Belarus believes that the existing problems and conflicts should be resolved by peaceful means,” noted the Belarusian head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that there are absolutely no political problems between Belarus and Turkmenistan. “With satisfaction we note the similarity of approaches to a broad range of international and regional matters. Belarus intends to intensify contacts with Turkmenistan in international organizations as well as further constructive interaction within the framework of the United Nations Organization and the joint promotion of initiatives of mutual interest,” said the Belarusian leader.

Cooperation in humanitarian affairs is an important area. The number of Turkmenistan citizens willing to study in Belarus has increased rapidly over the last few years. At present over 9,000 students from Turkmenistan study in Belarus. The Belarusian side intends to continue training highly qualified specialists.

Apart from that, the two countries have made some headway in the sphere of science and technologies. There is also mutual interest in advancing cooperation in the area of agribusiness. Cooperation in healthcare is a promising avenue. Alexander Lukashenko noted that he expects the trading houses located in Ashgabat and Minsk to make an essential contribution to the bilateral trade turnover.

In his opinion, the development of bilateral contacts is assisted by active contacts in cultural affairs. The ongoing Belarusian Culture Days in Turkmenistan is a vivid testimony.

The Belarus President emphasized: “I am convinced that the agreements reached during the top-level meetings and the documents that were signed will contribute to the enhancement of the favorable atmosphere of our cooperation, to the expansion of the legal base of the interstate relations.”

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