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On May 25, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a meeting with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who had arrived in Tashkent on an official visit. According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic, during the conversation the parties discussed issues related to the current state of bilateral cooperation and the prospects for its development.


By 2020, the TAPI project will be completed, and there will begin the deliveries of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India. The chief executive director of the TAPI consortium, Muhammetmirat Amanov, made such a statement during the eighth International Gas Congress in Ashgabat. “Construction of the TAPI pipeline is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019, including the Pakistani and Afghan sectors. In the beginning of 2020, the first gas will be supplied to the pipeline,” he said.



On May 23-24, the eighth International Gas Congress (TGC 2017) will be held in Turkmenistan, in the territory of the Avaza Tourist Zone. Representatives of the world's leading companies and structures working in the oil and gas sphere will take part in this event. The forum will propose ways to increase the inflow of foreign investment to Turkmenistan. In addition, experts will consider the impact of the construction of new gas exports and transit infrastructure on the country's economy.


On May 20, the Uzbek national holding company “Uzbekneftegaz” signed a memorandum of understanding with the Turkmen state concern Turkmennebit (Turkmenneft). According to the Uzbek media, this document envisages bilateral cooperation in the joint development of the Turkmen part of the Caspian Sea shelf. The purpose of the document is to establish long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of joint exploration and development of the deposits located on Turkmenistan's offshore of the Caspian Sea.



On May 20, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting at the Avaza Congress Center located in the vicinity of the Turkmenbashi city on the Caspian Sea coast. They also held bilateral negotiations in a narrow format. The presidents noted the consistent development of cooperation between the two neighboring countries of the region.



President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has instructed the parliament and the State Security Council of the country to develop a program for combating bribery and corruption. As reported by local media, he did this while delivering a speech at the regular extended meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. According to the Turkmen president, corruption and bribery have been revealed as a result of inspections conducted in law enforcement agencies and a number of other institutions of Turkmenistan,



The seventh meeting of the Joint Turkmen-German Working Group took place in the Turkmen capital. The meeting discussed the issues related to building partnerships in the spheres of economy and trade. This event was participated by a German delegation led by Eckhard Franz, the head of the foreign economic policy department of the Federal Ministry of Energy and Economics and Deputy Minister. In addition, the parties also exchanged views on the prospects for development of long-term cooperation and implementation of the previously reached agreements.


Turkmenistan and Belarus plan to increase their annual bilateral trade to the level of $500 million. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Anatoly Kalinin made such a statement on May 10, following the meeting of the Belarusian-Turkmen intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation held in Minsk. To participate in this event, the delegation of Turkmenistan arrived in the capital of Belarus. The delegates also visited a number of local enterprises, such as Minsktrans, Stadler Minsk, the High Technology Park and the Belarusian Railways.



Turkmenistan is very likely to join the agreement the OPEC member and non-member states on the reduction in oil production. Some foreign publications (in particular, Reuters) reported the news, citing sources in the OPEC and the Turkmen oil industry. In addition, they refer to the information of the US Department of Energy, according to which the volume of average daily production in Turkmenistan is about 250,000 barrels.



Iran is ready to file a lawsuit against Turkmenistan because of the stoppage of natural gas supplies in winter. The Tansim news agency reported the news with a reference to the executive director of the National Gas Company of Iran, Hamid Reza Araki. In his words, Iran has already prepared all the documents necessary for the claim and intends to file them to the International Arbitration Court soon. In case NIGC and Turkmengaz achieve a mutual agreement, Iran may suspend the case.


The Turkmen side has already received corresponding notification.