Trans­port, transit traf­fic on agenda of co­op­er­a­tion with Turk­menistan

Azer News - - Front Page - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

One of the im­por­tant di­rec­tions of the Azer­bai­jani-Turk­men co­op­er­a­tion is com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the field of trans­port and transit traf­fic.

Azer­bai­jani Econ­omy Min­is­ter Shahin Mustafayev made the re­marks dur­ing a meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion led by Deputy Chair­man of the Cabi­net of Min­is­ters of Turk­menistan Mam­metkhan Chakiyev on Oc­to­ber 30.

The min­is­ter un­der­lined the sig­nif­i­cance of the dec­la­ra­tion on strate­gic part­ner­ship in the de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion signed in 2017 be­tween the two coun­tries.

Mustafayev went on to say that at present, Azer­bai­jani-Turk­men re­la­tions are de­vel­op­ing in var­i­ous di­rec­tions and one of the most im­por­tant ar­eas of this co­op­er­a­tion are re­la­tions in the field of trans­port and transit traf­fic, fur­ther adding that both coun­tries have great trans­port and transit po­ten­tial, and in this area a fa­vor­able in­fra­struc­ture has been cre­ated.

The min­is­ter shared his views on the de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion in this field, the ex­change of in­for­ma­tion, the ex­pan­sion of di­rect and long-term re­la­tions be­tween trans­port and lo­gis­tics struc­tures and noted that the Azer­bai­jani-Turk­men route is safe and fa­vor­able, and other coun­tries can also use it.

Chakiyev, in turn, noted that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries is de­vel­op­ing and the meet­ing will also be sig­nif­i­cant in terms of ex­pand­ing ties, in par­tic­u­lar, in the field of trans­port and transit traf­fic.

Deputy Chair­man of the Cabi­net of Min­is­ters of Turk­menistan also spoke about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of co­op­er­a­tion.

Be­ing at the cross­roads of Europe and Asia, Azer­bai­jan and Turk­menistan fruit­fully co­op­er­ate, rep­re­sent­ing their mu­tual in­ter­est in var­i­ous fields: pol­i­tics, econ­omy, hu­man­i­tar­ian and so­cial spheres, as well as within in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Turk­menistan and Azer­bai­jan cre­ated a pow­er­ful in­dus­trial and agri­cul­tural base, mod­ern trans­port in­fra­struc­ture, and now it is nec­es­sary to launch large-scale projects of in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion, in­ter­ac­tion in the ser­vice sec­tor and the agri­cul­tural com­plex.

Petro­chem­i­cal, gas chem­i­cal and elec­tric power in­dus­tries as well as com­mu­ni­ca­tions and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions spheres were spec­i­fied among the pri­or­ity spheres for co­op­er­a­tion.

Ear­lier, it was re­ported that Turk­menistan plans to join Baku-Tbil­isiKars (BTK) rail­way.

The trade turnover be­tween Turk­menistan and Azer­bai­jan amounted to $164.1 mil­lion in 2017. Ex­ports from Azer­bai­jan to Turk­menistan amounted to $54.1 mil­lion, im­ports of Turk­men goods to Azer­bai­jan amounted to $110 mil­lion.

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