The development of EU-Turkmenistan cooperation in 2019 was discussed at a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with a delegation that arrived in Ashgabat on a working visit led by the European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian, the website of the foreign ministry of Turkmenistan reports.
In order to strengthen cooperation, the issue of opening a representative office of the European Union in Turkmenistan was emphasized.
The sides also exchanged views on the new strategy of the European Union for Central Asia, which is the European vision for the development of mutually beneficial relations between Europe and Asia. This strategy is based on three priority directions for the EU: building up transport links, creating energy and digital networks, and expanding contacts between people.
They also discussed issues of strengthening regional and inter-parliamentary cooperation, developing relations in the areas of logistics, transport, energy and humanitarian ties.
Based on this, the sides discussed the priorities of the Turkmenistan presidency in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) and the initiatives of Turkmenistan and Romania to create a Caspian Sea - Black Sea transport and transit corridor, which includes the route Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania.
The sides also discussed the security situation in Central Asia and Afghanistan and exchanged views on improving interaction in the region.