By Kamila Aliyeva
The Turkmen-Qatar high-level talks were held in Doha on March 15, as Turkmen leader had a meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, during which a number of issues of mutual interest were discussed.
Berdimuhamedov stated that he considers this visit to be an event that will give a powerful impetus to the development of friendly relations between two states.
The coincidence of positions on issues of interaction within the framework of international structures, such as the United Nations, the Islamic Cooperation Organization and others has also been highlighted.
Berdimuhamedov also called on increasing trade turnover and services volumes between Turkmenistan and Qatar.
Opportunities of regular trade exhibitions and business forums, specialized fairs of goods made in Turkmenistan and Qatar, opening of Trade Chambers in the capitals of both states were reviewed during the negotiations. It was stressed that the first Turkmen – Qatar business forum, which was held on March 14 resulted in important agreements.
The Turkmen side expressed its willingness to consider investment proposals of Qatar for realization of largest projects of Turkmenistan, which have regional importance, as well as proposals on investments to innovation projects of Qatar.
Qatar companies were invited to participate in construction of gas processing, gas and petrochemical plants, in the projects in Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea as well as in supply of equipment for oil and gas complex.
During the talks, the importance of the initiative on the creation of international transport and transit corridors was noted as it would contribute to the further development of economic relations between the countries of Central Asia and the Middle East, the Internet newspaper "Turkmenistan: the Golden Age" reported.
Now the implementation of the largest project - the construction of the Turkmenbashi International Sea Port - is being completed on the Caspian Sea. In this regard, the Turkmen side invites large transport and logistics companies of Qatar with a great experience in this field to work together.
Following the results of the visit, a number of documents were signed.
Also, Berdimuhamedov held a meeting with Head of Qatar’s Education, Science and Social Development Fund (Qatar Foundation) Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al-Thani on March 16.
The sides exchanged views on opportunities of the partnership with Qatar Foundation that has number of large projects related with the investments to “human potential” and formation of innovative model of education.
Berdimuhamedov highlighted that Turkmenistan pays great attention to this direction and is willing to discuss joint programs and projects for the development of national education system, in particular for studying Arabic language. Turkmenistan is interested in Qatar’s experience in foundation of branches of famous international universities in the country.
Large potential and prospects for fruitful scientific work, conducting of joint scientific studies in different areas, establishment of the contacts between the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and National Scientific Fund of Qatar as well as between technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences and Qatar Technology Park, between the Institute of Manuscripts of the Academy and the Arabic Islamic Heritage Library were noted during the meeting.
Berdimuhamedov spoke for expansion of the relations between Turkmen medical centers and Qatar Institute of Biomedical Studies and Sidra Medical Research Centre.
At the end of the meeting, Turkmen leader invited Qatar Foundation delegation to visit Turkmenistan for detailed discussion of perspective directions and specific projects of joint activity.
Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva
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