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07.10.04á23:39
USA AND CHINA ENHANCE PARTNERSHIP WITH ASHGABAT
TURKMENISTAN SIGNED A NUMBER OF LARGE-SCALE CONTRACTS ON SUPPLY OF MODERN EQUIPMENT

Turkmenistan has singed a number of large-scale contracts worth over $260 mln on the supply of modern equipment with leading U.S and Chinese production companies over the last few days, the State news service (TDH) reports.

Under decrees by Saparmurat Niyazov, today alone there were signed contracts on the supply of 250 cotton harversters and 200 grain harversters produced by famous U.S. companies, Deere & Co and Case, that have a successful record of cooperation with Turkmenistan. The total cost of the signed contracts is $77 mln.

It was also today that Turkmenistan signed a contract with its long-standing partner, the USA Boeing company. The producer of airliners with a world reputation that make up a basis of the Turkmen air fleet will deliver to the address of the State national service, Turkmenkhowayollary, two more Boeing 717-200 aircrafts for a sum of $58 mln.

By the symbolic coincidence a new airport was opened today in Balkanabat, the administrative center of the western region of the country. Meeting the ICAO standards, it is capable of receiving aircrafts with a tonnage of up to 150 tonnes. The first aircraft to land on a new runway built by the U.A.E. Decolight Traiding LLC company was Boeing - 717 airliner.

The Ministry of railway transport will significantly strengthen its technical base too. The Chinese Capital-Longji Sci-Tech Co., Ltd will supply locomotives, carriages and equipment worth over $128 mln to Turkmenistan in the coming 14 months under a contract signed early in the week.

As President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov said speaking at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers today, it is only up to that state that stands firm on its feet and faces the future with confidence to sing contracts for such considerable sums.

The TDH

From the editorial office of TURKMENISTAN.RU: Attempts by a number of information agencies to "throw doubts" on the cooperation between these two states is absolute nonsense against the background of large-scale contracts signed between the US companies and Turkmen state enterprises. In fact, reporting on possible sanctions by Washington on Belarus, some agencies took liberty of making ungrounded allegations that Turkmenistan and the U.S. have problems in the economic cooperation. On the contrary, American companies compete to get a contract in Turkmenistan. And this fact, by the way, was proved by just singed contracts.

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