The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Anifah Haji Aman concluded his Official Visit to Turkmenistan from 10 to 11 January 2018. While in Ashgabat, the Minister of Foreign Affairs called on the President of Turkmenistan, His Excellency Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and held a bilateral meeting with his counterpart, H.E. Rashid Meredov.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs was received at the Ashgabat International Airport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, H.E. Rashid Meredov upon his arrival on 10 January 2018. Also present was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Turkmenistan, H.E. Roseli Abdul.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the President of Turkmenistan, His Excellency Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the Presidential Palace on 11 January 2018. The courtesy call took place in a warm and cordial atmosphere with discussion covering a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concerns. Both sides stressed the importance of developing a comprehensive cooperation in the trade and investment, oil and gas industry, transportation, culture, education, tourism and people-to-people contact, which will contribute positively towards strengthening relations between Malaysia and Turkmenistan.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed his appreciation for Malaysia's continuous involvement in the oil and gas sector in Turkmenistan. The Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the President and the Government of Turkmenistan for the opportunity given to PETRONAS and reiterated that both Malaysia and Turkmenistan will continue to develop new areas of cooperation in various other fields for the benefit of both countries.

Following the courtesy call, the Minister of Foreign Affairs had a meeting with his Turkmenistan counterpart, H.E. Rashid Meredov to further discuss the details on the areas of cooperation that were raised during the call on the President. Both ministers pledged to utilise bilateral mechanisms such as Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) or Political-Economic Consultations to further enhance bilateral cooperation. They also exchanged views on regional and international issues including the situation of Rohingya minorities in Myanmar, situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Palestine. The meeting has reflected the close understanding and the common views that both ministers shared in fostering a strong relation between Malaysia and Turkmenistan.

During the visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also delivered a lecture on Malaysia's Foreign Policy and Malaysia-Turkmenistan Bilateral Relations to the faculty members, students and young diplomats at the institute, at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

The Official Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Turkmenistan has successfully laid the strong foundation for further cooperation and collaboration between the two countries since his last visit to Turkmenistan on 12 December 2015.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia