President Serdar Berdimuhamedov held talks in Ashgabat with President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind, who arrived in Turkmenistan the day before on a state visit.
During the meeting in a one-on-one format and with the participation of delegations, the heads of state discussed a wide range of issues of Turkmen-Indian cooperation, where the trade and economic sphere occupies an important place. According to the parties, there are good prospects for the development of mutually beneficial ties in the energy, industrial and transport sectors, as well as in the field of high technologies, agriculture and trade.
The presidents paid special attention to the implementation of such major international projects as the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and the creation of Central Asia-Middle East and South-North transport corridors.
The parties expressed confidence that the addition of efforts in realizing the potential of bilateral cooperation will soon bring trade between Turkmenistan and India to a qualitatively new level, significantly increase mutual trade and diversify its structure.
The heads of state also exchanged views on a number of topical issues of the regional and global agenda of mutual interest. In this regard, the parties discussed the situation in Afghanistan. As President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted, here Turkmenistan formulates its position based on the unity of the political, economic and humanitarian aspects of rendering assistance and support to the neighboring state.
According to him, in the economic aspect, this is the active involvement of Afghanistan in regional and international infrastructure projects, the country's integration into modern world economic processes. In humanitarian terms, Turkmenistan stands for the provision of targeted international assistance to the Afghan people in the restoration and development of the social sphere.
“In this context, our country highly appreciates India’s efforts in this direction, including the successfully held Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10-11, 2021 and the Delhi Declaration adopted as a result, which is a good platform on the way to reaching a regional consensus on Afghan agenda,” the Turkmen leader emphasized.
During the talks, the parties also discussed issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing the need for effective international cooperation in this area.
President Ram Nath Kovind invited the head of the Turkmen state to pay a state visit to the Republic of India at a convenient time for him. The invitation was accepted with gratitude, the dates of the visit will be agreed through diplomatic channels.
At the end of the talks, the ceremony of signing bilateral documents took place. In the presence of the heads of state, memorandums of understanding were signed on cooperation in the field of emergency management, in the field of youth, in the field of the exchange of financial information related to the legalization of proceeds from crime and the financing of terrorism, and a program of cooperation in the field of culture and art was adopted. for 2022-2025. Following the talks, the heads of the two states adopted a joint Turkmen-Indian statement.
At the end of the document signing ceremony, the Presidents of Turkmenistan and India addressed the media representatives.
In the afternoon, Ram Nath Kovind visited the village of Kipchak, where he paid tribute to the memory of the first president of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, by laying flowers at his Mausoleum.
Then the distinguished guest proceeded to the southern part of Ashgabat, where he laid a wreath at the Monument of Independence of Turkmenistan. According to the established tradition, here, on the alley of honored guests, the President of India planted a tree as a symbol of Turkmen-Indian friendship.
On the same day, the meeting of the President of the Republic of India with the residents of Turkmenistan who received education and completed advanced training courses through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Program, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and also studied Hindi at the universities of Turkmenistan took place at the Yildiz Hotel in the capital.
In the evening, in honor of the distinguished guest, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov gave an official dinner, at which the heads of the two states exchanged speeches.
A separate cultural program was prepared for the wife of the President of India, Savita Kovind. During her stay in Ashgabat, the guest visited the Wedding Palace "Bagt Keshgi" ("Palace of Happiness"), where she got acquainted with the peculiarities of the national wedding ceremony, examined the exposition of the National Museum of the Turkmen Carpet, and also visited the capital's Celebration Center "Gul Zaman" ("The Age of Flowers" ).