06.11.13 11:12

Turkmen-Belarusian summit talks held in Ashgabat

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko held talks in the Turkmen capital, as part of the official visit by the Belarusian President to Turkmenistan.

The talks were held at the presidential palace complex “Oguzkhan.”

In the beginning, the heads of state met “one on one.” Then, the talks continued with participation of the delegations.

During the talks, the sides exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual interest and discussed issues relating to trade-economic, scientific, educational and cultural relations between the two friendly countries. Speaking about successes, the sides noted that over the five-year time the trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Belarus increased five-fold, and the number of Turkmen students studying in the Belarusian educational establishments exceeded 8,000 people.

Noting that many Turkmen students study in Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko expressed readiness to allocate the most convenient district in the city of Minsk for construction of the Turkmen campus, as a kind of “island” of the Turkmen youth under the patronage of the Belarusian President, a kind of “island” of the Turkmen land with dormitories, hotels, etc.

At the end of the talks, the sides attended a ceremony of signing bilateral documents.

As a result of the Turkmen-Belarusian summit talks, the sides signed  Agreement on Cooperation between the Turkmen State University named after Magtymguly and the Belarusian State University; Agreement on Cooperation between the Commodity and Raw Materials Exchanges of the two countries; Programme of Cooperation in the Field of Physical Culture and Sports  for 2014-2015; Programme of Cooperation in the Field of Tourism for 2014-2015;  Agreement on Cooperation between the Central Banks of the two countries; Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Institute of Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the State Scientific Institution “Institute of Chemistry of New Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus”; Programme of Cooperation between the Academies of Sciences of the two countries in the Field of Science and Technology; Programme of Cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries for 2014-2015; Memorandum on Cooperation in the Field of Health Care, Medical (pharmaceutical) Science, Education and Provision of Medical Assistance to the Citizens of the two countries; Agreement on Settlement of Mutual Obligations and Financial Requirements.

To the applause of the ceremony participants, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Alexander Lukashenko signed a Joint Communiqué on deepening of relations of friendship and cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Belarus.

At the conclusion of the signing ceremony, the two presidents made statements for press.

The two sides praised the results of bilateral talks at the highest level, noting their constructive and productive nature. In particular, the sides confirmed the continued commitment of Turkmenistan and Belarus to closer bilateral cooperation in mutual interests, and noted the existence of opportunities for the further intensification of the Turkmen-Belarusian relations in various fields.

President Alexander Lukashenko has invited President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to pay an official visit to Belarus at a convenient time, stressing that the President of Turkmenistan will receive a warm and hearty welcome in Belarus.

In the evening, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave an official dinner in honor of President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, where the two heads of state exchanged speeches. At the conclusion of the official reception, the two leaders bid a warm farewell to each other, expressing satisfaction with the outcome of the talks.

Then, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko proceeded to the Ashgabat International Airport, from where he left for Minsk.


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