On 17 March 2017, in Bucharest, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Meleşcanu received the official visit of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov.
The main objective of the visit was to boost bilateral cooperation, focusing on economic collaboration in the areas established by the documents signed at the highest level, concerning Romanian and Turkmen relations in terms of partnership: The Presidential Joint Declaration of July 2009 and the Action Plan for Implementing the Presidential Joint Declaration of October 2012.
In addition, the visit was important in the context where, in 2017, Romania and Turkmenistan celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations.
The agenda of the discussions also included the state and development perspectives of bilateral relations between Romania and Turkmenistan, the calendar of bilateral contacts at various levels in 2017; cooperation on economic dimension, in the areas of energy, transportation - focusing on enhancing the collaboration as to complete the project of the merchandise transport corridor between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.
The international topics on the agenda included the cooperation between Romania and Turkmenistan in a multilateral framework, especially within UN, the relations of Turkmenistan with the EU, security developments that are relevant regionally and internationally, fighting against terrorism, etc.
On this occasion, the Action Plan for Cooperation within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 2017-2018 was signed, as well as the Agreement between the Romanian National Press Agency AGERPRES and the National Press Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) on the exchange of information.
During the discussions, Minister Teodor Meleşcanu showed Romania's openness towards expanding bilateral cooperation in all areas of common interest, mainly in terms of economic cooperation, in the areas of energy and transport. He underlined that the growing trend over the last years of the volume of bilateral exchanges should be encouraged, including by organising, in 2017, a new session of the Mixt Economic Committee and the Bilateral Business Forum.
Minister Rashid Meredov showed his appreciation for the growing pace of bilateral relations, as well as for cooperation in multilateral format, stressing the position of Romania as gateway for Turkmenistan to Europe. He showed his country's interest for the Turkmen export of gas to Europe, including via the AGRI project.
In the area of education, both parties underlined the importance of implementing the provisions of the Collaboration programme in the area of education for 2015-2017, as well as aspects concerning the organisation of The Days of Romanian Culture in Turkmenistan in 2017.
The Minister Teodor Meleşcanu showed his support for enhancing the cooperation of Turkmenistan with the European Union, including in the context provided by the revised EU Strategy for Central Asia. The two ministers also discussed the cooperation perspectives between the EU and Turkmenistan in the energy area, referring to the developments in the Transcaspian Pipeline.
The two Ministers of Foreign Affairs appreciated the good level of cooperation between Romania and Turkmenistan in a multilateral framework, mainly within the UN.