Turkmenbashi and Astrakhan are now sister cities

On the eve of the visit of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov to Russia in Moscow, Vice Governor - Chairman of the Government of the Astrakhan Region Oleg Knyazev met with a delegation of Turkmenistan headed by the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Russian Federation Batyr Niyazliev .

The parties signed an agreement on cooperation between the Astrakhan region and the Balkan velayat, as well as an agreement on twinning between the cities of Astrakhan and Turkmenbashi . The agreement on their conclusion was reached during the visit of the Governor of the Astrakhan region Igor Babushkin to Ashgabat in December 2021, the press service of the head of the region reports .

“Turkmenistan is an old friend and reliable partner of the Astrakhan region. We successfully develop contacts in the field of trade, transport, logistics, industry and education. Establishing ties at the interregional level will be a new stage in our interaction,” said Oleg Knyazev.

The official added that Astrakhan can cooperate with the Balkan velayat in the development of maritime transport, shipbuilding and tourism.

In addition, the agreement in the field of education was signed by the rectors of the Astrakhan State University. V.N. Tatishchev Konstantin Markelov and Turkmen State University named after Magtymguly Bairamgul Orazdurdyev . The universities agreed on the implementation of joint projects, academic exchanges, organization of advanced training courses, development and implementation of educational programs, including those providing for the issuance of double diplomas .

“We have about 1800 foreign students and more than half of them are citizens of Turkmenistan. We are interested in further training of highly qualified personnel for our neighbors,” Markelov said.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan