A telephone conversation took place between the current President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
During the conversation, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov informed the head of China that following the results of the presidential elections held in Turkmenistan on March 12, Serdar Berdimuhamedov was elected the new head of state. The incumbent president also announced that he intends to continue his work as chairman of the upper house of parliament – the Khalk Maslakhaty (People’s Council) Milli Gengesh (National Council) of the country.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked Xi Jinping for his personal contribution to strengthening the Turkmen-Chinese cooperation and handed over the phone to the newly elected President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov.
The head of the People’s Republic of China congratulated the new head of the Turkmen state on his victory in the elections and wished him great success in his responsible work at the highest state post of Turkmenistan.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov, in turn, thanked Xi Jinping for the congratulations and reaffirmed his readiness to continue the foreign policy course towards the further development of a multifaceted partnership with China.
During the conversation, the effective nature of interstate cooperation, which is successfully developing in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, was emphasized. The fuel and energy sector was named among the priorities of the bilateral partnership. In the opinion of the parties, here the jointly built transnational gas pipeline, through which the Turkmen “blue fuel” is supplied to China, is a symbol of mutually beneficial combination of efforts. At the talks, it was noted that the implementation of this project is a specific example of long-term cooperation based on the optimal balance of interests of all participants – gas producers, transit countries and consumers.
The parties stressed that there is a solid potential for building up cooperation in the industrial, transport and communications, logistics, technology and other sectors of the economy. Particular attention was also paid to the issues of enhancing cooperation in healthcare and sports.