Issues of cooperation between Central Asian countries and the United States were discussed in Tashkent

Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov took part in the Ministerial meeting in the "C5+1" format, which was held on February 3 in Tashkent. The meeting was attended by the us Secretary of State and the foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, according to the website of the foreign Ministry of our country.

During the meeting, a wide range of issues in the political, economic, cultural and educational spheres were discussed. The sides exchanged views on cooperation in border management, trade, energy and transport.

Special attention was paid to the Afghan issue. In this context, the Turkmen delegation informed about the progress of projects for the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, power transmission line and fiber-optic communication along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route, and Railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.

Following the talks, the participants adopted a Joint statement of the Ministerial meeting in the "C5+1" format.

During the visit, the foreign Minister of Turkmenistan held a meeting with us Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, during which they discussed topical issues of bilateral and regional cooperation. 

The Joint statement adopted at the end of the meeting in the "C5+1" format, in particular, notes that " in order to effectively use the potential of the Central Asian region, the participants intend to promote coordinated regional projects aimed at promoting trade, transport, logistics and infrastructure links, promote entrepreneurship, and expand business and investment contacts between the business circles of the region's States and the United States, including within the framework of the Framework agreement on trade and investment (TIFA).

The development and activation of interaction between the countries of the region in the energy field, including the sphere of renewable energy sources, are also identified as a priority area of cooperation, the statement said.

The document also indicates, "support for mutually beneficial cooperation in promoting the peace process and political settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, as well as strengthening trade, economic, transport and infrastructure ties between the states of the region and Afghanistan."

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