ASHGABAT, January 28. /TASS/. Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and his Russia counterpart Sergey Lavrov plan to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, including in the economic sector.
"I think that at today’s talks at the Foreign Ministry, we will also discuss rather serious and promising issues connected with development of our economic cooperation," Meredov said on Thursday.
He added that the two foreign ministries "are directly involved in preparing and implementing the agreements made by the Turkmen-Russian inter-governmental commission."
Meredov noted that the meeting will focus on "a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, pressing international issues that are relevant for both Turkmenistan and Russia."
The foreign minister said he also plans to discuss humanitarian sphere with Lavrov as is represents "one of the key parts of our partner cooperation."
The program of cooperation between the foreign ministries of Russia and Turkmenistan for 2016 will include coordination on the Afghan problem, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday during his working visit to Ashgabat.
"We value the attention of Turkmenistan’s leadership to all aspects of our cooperation without any exceptions. This is a mutual approach. (Russian President) Vladimir Putin traditionally pays special attention to all these aspects which was confirmed at the meeting between the presidents in Tehran on November 23," Lavrov said at the meeting with Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.
Lavrov said he hopes "all these issues will be considered, and special attention will be paid to cooperation in foreign policy."
"We will sign today the program of cooperation [between the foreign ministries] for this year which will encompass all key problems in the modern world. These include common goals in the fight against terrorism and drug smuggling, tasks of settling conflicts, and, of course, the problem of Afghanistan, and everything linked with it, as well as how processes in Central Asia which are not foreign for the Russian Federation at all, are developing in the framework of the uneasy modern rapidly changing world," Lavrov noted.
The Russian foreign minister reminded his Turkmen counterpart about yesterday’s ceremony of opening the new complex of buildings for the Russian Embassy in Ashgabat and thanked him that the Turkmen side "is celebrating this very important occasion with us."