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The Turkmen capital Ashgabat hosted negotiations between the President of the Republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti, who arrived here on an official visit. After the welcoming ceremony the heads of the two states held talks in the format of "one on one", which then passed in expanding format of the delegations. During these talks, the presidents discussed a wide range of issues related to the sphere of partnership between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Moldova, the implementation of previously reached bilateral agreements.


The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov instructed the Government to develop a state program of import substitution. He also instructed it to cut budget spending and increase exports, as it was reported on Saturday, April 4 by local media. This happened during the expanded session of the government of the country, dedicated to the results of the first quarter of this year, when the President mentioned in his speech two negative factors constraining the growth of the national economy.


Turkmenistan appealed to the US with a request for military and technical assistance in connection with the rise of instability on the border with neighboring Afghanistan. As the head of US Central Command, Gen. Lloyd Austin said, Washington should give a positive response to a request from Ashgabat. In his annual speech to Congress dedicated to military cooperation with Central Asian states, he noted that the decision had to be approved by the supreme legislative body of the country.



In December of this year a service center for Belarusian machinery will be opened in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat. This information was reported by the chairman of the Council of Belarus (the upper house of the National Assembly) Mikhail Myasnikovich during his meeting with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held on Thursday, March 26th. In this regard, it is worth recalling that the construction of this service center for Belarusian machinery has entered its final stage and it is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of this year.


In the coming months, the Deputy President of the European Commission for Energy Maroš Šefčovič is planning to start talks with Turkmenistan on the construction of the Trans-Caspian pipeline for delivery of natural gas in the Southern Gas Corridor. This was reported to media by the Head of the EU Delegation in Turkmenistan Daniilidis Denis, who recalled the functions of M.Shafchovich include efforts to create an energy alliance.


Last week Turkmen capital Ashgabat hosted the Turkmen-Korean business forum, which was jointly organized by the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic and the Korean Association of International Trade. During the event, a meeting of representatives of several ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of the country with a delegation from South Korea took place.


A new main international TAPI gas pipeline, which will run through four Central Asian countries - Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, will cost the participants of this project about 7.6 billion dollars. The news was announced by a representative of the Ministry of natural gas and oil in India, who noted that this figure was specified as a preliminary assessment in the feasibility study of the project.


In the Turkmen capital Ashgabat, the President of the Republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held talks with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, who arrived on an official visit. In a series of meetings held in the format of "one on one" the leaders of the two countries as well as the extended delegation discussed issues related to the development of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Iran in political, economic, trade, humanitarian and cultural spheres.



In Turkmenistan the President of the Republic Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a new law, which allows as from 1 July this year, to conduct peaceful events - demonstrations, rallies, etc. The news was reported on Wednesday, March 1, by local media, which noted that the purpose of this Act was to implement the constitutional right of citizens to assemble peacefully, to hold various public events - rallies, meetings, demonstrations, etc. while ensuring public safety during such activities.



From March 4 to 5 the Turkish capital Istanbul hosted the International Investment Forum of Turkmenistan, which was organized by the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic in cooperation with the Turkish-Turkmen Business Council.