The prospects of Turkmen-Romanian cooperation were discussed at the meeting of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Theodore Meleshkanu, who arrived in Ashgabat.
The guest conveyed to the head of the state a greeting from the President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis, in which he noted Romania's continued interest in further strengthening fruitful relations with Turkmenistan.
In turn, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the relations between the two countries are developing successfully both in the bilateral format and through authoritative international organizations and structures, including within the framework of dialogue with the European Union.
During the meeting, the head of the state and his guest noted the great potential for diversification and deepening of cooperation in the trade and economic sphere and the humanitarian and cultural sphere.
Among the priority areas of the partnership are energy and transport and communication sector, where Turkmenistan has taken important initiatives to create international transit and transport corridors that provide optimal cost-effective freight routes.
In particular, the broad opportunities for the activation of trade and economic relations on the Eurasian continent, including between the countries of the Caspian and black sea regions, which opened in connection with the commissioning of a new International seaport in Turkmenbashi, which has a modern logistics infrastructure, were noted.
The parties emphasized that the bilateral inter-ministerial consultations, as well as the work of the joint intergovernmental Turkmen-Romanian Commission on economic, scientific and technical cooperation contribute to the strengthening of the inter-state dialogue.
Noting the desire of the Romanian business community to expand its presence in the Turkmen market, T. Meleshkanu stressed that the growing interest of the leading Romanian and European companies in cooperation with Turkmenistan is facilitated by large-scale projects and a policy of active integration into the modern system of world economic relations.
It should be noted that at the seventh meeting of the joint intergovernmental Commission on economic, scientific and technical cooperation held in April 2018 in Ashgabat, the possibilities of development of trade and economic cooperation, partnership in the field of energy, oil and gas, transport, agriculture, light industry and high technology were discussed. The parties also discussed the possibility of the international seaport in Turkmenbashi in providing multimodal transport.
In 2017, the state service of sea and river transport of Turkmenistan studied the possibility of transportation of goods, including liquefied gas to the port of Constanta. The route provides for the use of special containers and runs from the port of Turkmenbashi through the Caspian sea to the port of Baku, then by rail to Batumi or Poti (Georgia) and then through the Black sea to Romania.