28 May 2007
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow of Turkmenistan arrived in Astana on a two-day state visit.

After an official meeting ceremony at the Akorda palace, the Presidents of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan held narrowed and enlarged negotiations and discussed prospects of developing bilateral relations and issues of regional policy.

“We are confident that this visit will serve a broader collaboration corresponding to the potential of the two countries in all areas of economy and politics,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said while opening the enlarged negotiations.

The President of Kazakhstan underscored that this visit was his fourth meeting with the Turkmen counterpart, and they exchanged views on all aspects of bilateral collaboration.

President Berdimuhammedow emphasized that Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan had long-standing, deep and brotherly ties.

“There have not been any contradictions between our countries. I think our visit will give an impulse to these brotherly relations. Kazakhstan has a great economic potential. Therefore, we have many areas in common for the intensification of our bilateral relations” Turkmenistan’s President said.

The Heads of State noted this first state visit by Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow to Kazakhstan is an evidence of the readiness of the two countries to develop multifaceted collaboration and to strengthen bilateral political, economic and humanitarian ties. The sides underscored the existing interests and potential of collaboration in the areas of energy, transport and communications, agriculture, financial sector.

Issues of developing investment collaboration were also discussed during the negotiations. Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed out that Kazakhstan’s companies are ready to actively participate in different investment projects in Turkmenistan.

The sides discussed joint projects in the area of energy that were agreed during the meeting in the city of Turkmenbashi this May.

The Heads of State noted the significant collaboration potential of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in the area of transit and transport. The development of collaboration between the two countries in the sphere of automobile transport would improve conditions of mutual automobile traffic in directions Russia – China, Iran – Turkey, India – Pakistan. The program for developing roads for 2006-2012 includes the full reconstruction of the road Turkmenbashi – Aktau – Atyrau – Astrakhan.

Also the possibility of opening a coach route between the cities of Aktau and Turkmenbashi was considered at the negotiations. The sides agreed that the establishment of new sea transport routes at the Caspian Sea might be very fruitful. In addition, the Heads of the two states instructed the governments to complete the work on determining the optimal route of the railroad between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

The sides greeted the renewal of regular air links between Ashgabad and Almaty, which occurred on 26 May, 2007.

Kazakhstan backed Turkmenistan’s joining to the process of coordinating the project of Conception for effective use of water energy resources in the Central Asian region, which is being developed by the Group of High Level for matters of developing a coordinated mechanism of water energy regulations in the basins of the Syrdaria and Amudaria Rivers.

Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev and Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow noted the new development level of the cultural humanitarian collaboration between the two states. At the negotiations the sides have achieved agreements on the conduction of a Forum of culture workers and intellectuals from the two countries, and on holding Kazakhstan’s Culture Days in Turkmenistan. The agreement on constructing a Kazakh school in the city of Turkmenbashi was confirmed at the meeting.

The Presidents instructed the governments to hold the second sitting of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan Intergovernmental Commission for economic collaboration in the nearest future in order to determine promising areas of interaction that could strengthen trade economic relations between our countries.

As a result of the negotiations, the Presidents of the two countries signed Joint Statement, Treaty on trade economic, scientific technical and cultural collaboration until 2020 and Program for trade economic, scientific technical and cultural collaboration until 2020. Also a number of intergovernmental agreements were signed, namely: on activities of border representatives (border commissioners), on collaboration in the area of standardization, metrology, certification and accreditation, on protection, reproduction and use of the saiga, and also Protocol on collaboration in the area of operative investigative activities between the Committee for National Security of the Republic of Kazakhstan and State Border Service of Turkmenistan.

A joint press conference by the leaders of the two countries was held after the signing ceremony.

It is planned that on the second day of the visit, the President of Turkmenistan also will meet with Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament Kasym-Zhomart Tokaev, will visit the Peace and Accord Palace and Museum of the First President, will view the new administrative center of Astana and will lay flowers to the Monument of Fatherland’s defenders.

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