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Although the military doctrine of Turkmenistan has exclusively defensive character, however, the country intends to further strengthen its armed forces. This was said by the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at a meeting of the National Security Council, as announced on Wednesday, November 4, by the Government press service.


As of today, more than 1.05 million tons of raw cotton has been harvested in Turkmenistan. Thus, the cotton growers of the country have fulfilled the previously outlined plan, as reported to the President of Turkmenistan by heads of Akhal, Lebap, Dashoguz and Mary Provinces. In his address to agriculture workers, the President noted that the state has created all the conditions necessary for effective cotton cultivation, which ensures rich harvests of the crop.



The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov within one working day received three representatives of foreign delegations having arrived in the capital of the Republic on official visits. The Economy Minister of Turkey Nihat Zeybekchi, the Governor of Astrakhan region of Russia Alexander Zhilkin and the Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Valery Diehl arrived in Ashgabat on the eve of the celebrations dedicated to the Independence Day of Turkmenistan.


On Monday, October 20 the annual meeting of the Council of Elders of the Republic took place in the Turkmen city of Turkmenabat, in the course of which the highest priority issues related to the development of the country were discusseed. This event involved the elders, deputies and government members, managers and employees of ministries and departments, law enforcement agencies and the Ministry of Defence, public organizations and political parties, heads of regions, cities and districts.


In 2015, Turkmenistan plans to begin construction of the international TAPI gas pipeline, which will link the republic with Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. In addition, work will continue in the framework of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, and in 2016 the fourth branch (branch D) of the gas pipeline, which will deliver "blue fuel" from Turkmenistan to China via Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan should be completed. This was announced by the President of the Republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, during his speech at a meeting of the Council of Elders of the country.


In the town of Mary, located in the eastern region of Turkmenistan, a large new gas-chemical complex was commissioned, which will produce such important products of the chemical processing such as ammonia and urea. This facility was built by the State Concern "Turkmenhimiya", and the contractors are the companies Ronesans Turkmen (Turkey) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, Sojitz Corporation (Japan), included into the Japanese-Turkish concern. Most of the funds needed for the project, were allocated by the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation.


The presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, had a telephone conversation, during which the leaders of the two states discussed issues related to the practical implementation of the project on construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. This is stated in the message of Turkmen government, which was issued on Thursday, October 16th.


The sixth International Investment Forum of Turkmenistan was held in the Caspian tourist zone Avaza from October 14 to 15. This is stated in the text messages circulated by the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic, which is the organizer of the event. The forum was attended by about 150 delegates, representing approximately 20 countries in Europe and Asia, as well as a number of international financial institutions.



An exhibition of economic achievements of Turkmenistan, which is dedicated to the next, 23rd anniversary of independence, began its work in Ashgabat. This inter-industry event brings together around 100 exhibitors, which represent the various structural units related to the public sector of the economy, institutions of culture and education, tourism and sports, as well as the national manufacturing plants.


By 2020, the volume of traffic on the new railway line connecting Kazakhstan with Turkmenistan and Iran should reach about 15 million tons. This was reported to representatives of the media by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan Magtymguly Akmyradov. "By the end of this year, it is scheduled to launch operation of the rail corridor Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran in full" - he said.