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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Turkmenistan, Rasid Meredov, received at the Cotroceni Palace


President Klaus Iohannis welcomed on Friday at the Cotroceni Palace Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Turkmenistan Rasid Meredov, context in which they highlighted the importance of developing the economic cooperation in the energy, transport and bilateral trade areas, according to a press release of the Presidential Administration. 

The agenda of discussions included an exchange of view points on the stage and prospects of strengthening the partnership bilateral relation, as defined by the Common Declaration of Romania's and Turkmenistan's Presidents of 2009 and according to the Action Plan of 2012 for enforcing it. 

The head of state hailed the celebration of 25 years since establishing the diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

According to the Presidential Administration, Deputy PM Meredov voiced his special appreciation for the very good political relations between the two countries, as well as within the multilateral framework, pointing out that for his country Romania represents the gateway for entering in Europe. 

From this point of view, he underscored the interest of his country for the Turkmen gas export towards Europe, including through the AGRI project. 

In this context an exchange of opinions regarding the stage of materializing the project of trans-Caspian gas pipeline for the transmission of natural gas, the quoted source mentions. 

Moreover, the issue in respect to ensuring the connectivity between Europe and Central Asia was discussed, by creating the Black Sea - Caspian Sea freight project, initiated by Romania and Turkmenistan, which capitalizes on the direct link between the Constanta Port and the Georgian ports through the Black Sea. The Turkmen high official reiterated the strong support of his country for this project. 

Within the discussions the stage of relations between the European Union and Turkmenistan was tackled, President Klaus Iohannis expressing Romania's support for developing and deepening these relations. 

The Deputy PM and Foreign Affairs Minister of Turkmenistan payed an official visit to Romania.