Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Igor Petrishenko discussed the issues of enhancing the development of Turkmen-Belarusian relations in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres in Ashgabat.
The Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister took part in the 83rd meeting of the economic Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the Turkmen capital on Friday.
At the meeting, the sides noted the growth of trade and economic relations. In this context, the positive role of the intergovernmental Turkmen-Belarusian Commission on economic cooperation was noted, as well as the fact that the countries successfully cooperate in the field of energy, industry, construction, and tourism.
The sides also discussed issues of further strengthening of mutually beneficial cooperation between the business circles of the two countries, as well as identified priority areas of cooperation within the CIS.
In addition, the parties discussed the expansion of cultural and humanitarian cooperation. In recent years, cooperation between the scientific centers of the two countries has strengthened. Noting the need to strengthen cooperation in the field of culture and education, the parties considered further steps for their implementation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan said.
This week, President Alexander Lukashenko, appointing a new Belarusian Ambassador to Ashgabat Vyacheslav Beskosty, said it was necessary to normalize relations with Turkmenistan after the Garlyk mining and processing plant, built-in 2017 by the Belarusian contractor, did not reach full production capacity.
The Belarusian leader expressed confidence that it is wrong with the friendly people "To arrange disassembly in the courts", besides, there is nothing good in the fact that the Garlyk mining and processing plant is currently idle.
Recall, the largest mining complex in Garlyk for the production of potash fertilizers worth more than 1 billion us dollars has been built since 2009 by the Belarusian OJSC "Belgorkhimprom". According to the project, the enterprise is designed for the extraction and processing of seven million tons of ore and the production of 1.4 million tons of potash fertilizers.