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Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov paid a state visit to Kazakhstan on May 10-11. According to Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, the Turkmen-Kazakh summit talks resulted in the signing of bilateral documents aimed at the "further deepening and development of inter-state relations based on unbreakable ties of friendship and good neighborliness." The top-level talks, held at the Ak Orda Palace in Kazakhstan's capital city Astana, emphasized the transport and communication sector as one of the key areas of interaction due to the favorable geographical location of the two countries.
The ongoing "high-level inter-state dialogue" is embodied by joint projects like the construction of the railway corridor "North-South" that is passing through the territory of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran. "It opens a direct railway communication, (...) the new road provides a shortest way of delivery of cargoes, including transit, and passenger traffic in the future (...) this railway is a key part of the future transit corridor with an access to the Persian Gulf," Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the opening ceremony.
The two sides also discussed the regional and global processes, bilateral cooperation within the international organizations, as well as "issues related to countering the attempts to spread extremist ideology, the activities of criminal groups involved in drug trafficking, arms smuggling, human trafficking and other illegal activities, the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan, the prospects for multilateral cooperation in the Caspian Sea region and the saving of the Aral Sea."
The bilateral trade between Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan grew by more than one third in 2012, reaching USD 224 million. This summit showed both countries are keen on developing joint projects with a view to expanding their interests and influence in the Central Asian region whose they consider it will gain dramatic geostrategic importance thanks to growing trade between Europe and Asia, notably China, India and Pakistan. DiploNews noticed that former Soviet Central Asian countries progressively develop long-term political and diplomatic maturity that is likely to impact Russia's foreign policy and interests in the region.
"There emerges a new continental geo-economic configuration in which Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan are destined play a crucial role," explained news agency Turkmenistan.ru. In that prospect, "the railway is a significant geopolitical factor," Mr. Berdimuhamedov stressed.
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