Visit of the head of the Turkish parliament: transit of Turkmen gas to Europe, criticism of the UN and an order for love for Turkmenistan

On November 18, Chairman of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (Parliament)  Mustafa Sentop visited Turkmenistan .


The Turkish guest was first received by President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov . The state information agency TDH and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan did not give details of the talks, limiting themselves to general words about the further development of relations between the countries.



According to the Turkish Anadolu agency , Sentop said that in 2021, trade between the countries increased by 41% and exceeded $2 billion compared to the previous year. However, the Turkish MP noted that there is still great potential for growth and announced his intention to increase the volume of trade to $5 billion.


This can be achieved, according to Shentop, by expanding cooperation in the energy sector. Turkey is ready to work together to transport natural gas from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to Western markets through its territory .


After that, the chairman of the Turkish parliament delivered a speech in the Mejlis Milli Gengesh (lower house of parliament) of Turkmenistan, in which he again spoke about the prospects for cooperation in the energy sector, and also, according to Anadolu , criticized the UN for failing to fulfill its mission to prevent military conflicts that occurred in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine .

“The course of history will change. We, the Turkic states, must work together to rebuild the global system, taking into account the balance of interests, justice, humanity and freedom,” the Turkish MP summed up his speech.


The TDH rephrased these statements as follows: “Turkey aims at diplomatic resolution of conflict situations arising in various parts of the world , the head of the Turkish Parliament said, focusing on the relevance in the current situation of interaction between states in regional and international organizations .”


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, which reported on the speech of Mustafa Shentop, does not mention these topics at all.


Reporting on the meeting of the head of the Turkish parliament with the chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty Milli Gengesh (upper house of parliament) of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov , Anadolu only mentions the order “For great love for independent Turkmenistan” awarded to Shentop. The news agency does not provide details of the negotiations.



TDH writes that Berdimuhamedov expressed condolences in connection with the terrorist attack that occurred in Istanbul on November 13, said that in 2024 the 300th anniversary of the poet Magtymguly Fragi will be celebrated, and that the city of Anau will become the cultural capital of the Turkic world this year.


He also proposed to organize a meeting of the heads of transport departments of the countries participating in the Lyapis Lazuli corridor, which will pass through Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, spoke about the Turkmenbashi seaport, which can increase the efficiency of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.



Shentop said that he had “very fruitful” talks with Serdar Berdymukhammedov and, on behalf of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , conveyed to him an invitation to visit Turkey at any convenient time. He also reminded again that Turkey is ready to supply Turkmen natural gas to Europe in transit.


As a result of the meeting, the parties signed a “Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Halk Maslakhaty Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.”


According to SonDakika, in an interview with journalists after the completion of the negotiations, the Turkish MP noted that the visit of Serdar Berdimuhamedov would take place in early 2023, and also spoke about the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries scheduled for April, saying that he would like to see Turkmenistan as a full member of this organization.


Help Wiki . The Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic States (TURKPA) is a parliamentary association of Turkic countries created in 2008, the purpose of which is to form a mechanism for inter-parliamentary relations between Turkic-speaking countries, convergence of political views, exchange of information, promotion of Turkic culture, expansion of economic ties, implementation of joint projects, finding solutions problems of the Turkic world. The members of TURKPA are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.


Having completed the negotiations, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presented Mustafa Shentop with the order “For great love for independent Turkmenistan”.



“Mustafa Shentop was awarded this high award for his contribution to enriching the content of interstate cooperation,” TDH writes.


Before the flight home, the Turkish deputy was given a lunch on behalf of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and a visit to the equestrian center with a program of performances by a circus group.




Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan