Today, February 7, marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea.
The Turkmen Foreign Ministry notes on the pages of the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper that the Republic of Korea is one of Turkmenistan's reliable partners.
The opening of the Embassies of the Republic of Korea in Ashgabat in 2007 and Turkmenistan in Seoul in 2013 was one of the important steps in the history of diplomatic relations between the two states.
Recently, new forms of active joint political and diplomatic cooperation have been established. Interstate visits at the highest level play a special role here.
Speaking at the International Forum of Northern Economic Cooperation in Seoul on November 18, 2021, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan considers the Forum as an important international platform for discussing and developing strategic vectors of economic cooperation in Eurasia, as well as a successful continuation of mutually beneficial economic partnership with the Republic of Korea in a bilateral and multilateral format.
Also, the basis of equal and mutually beneficial cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea is close trade and economic relations, and here, in addition to cooperation in the petrochemical, textile, transport and agricultural sectors, there is a great potential for partnership in high-tech innovative areas.
A historic event in bilateral relations was the opening and commissioning of the polymer plant in Kiyanly, built by the Korean companies LG International Corp and Hyundai Engineering with the participation of the Japanese company TOYO Engineering Corporation.
Among the large-scale projects implemented with the participation of Korean companies, one can also mention the construction of a gas sweetening plant at the Galkynyşh field, as well as the second stage of upgrade of the Turkmenbashi Complex of Oil Refineries, the construction of a plant for the production of liquid fuel from natural gas, the construction of a metallurgical plant and others.
Over the past years, cooperation between Turkmenistan and Korea in the transport sector has also shown its effectiveness: most of the public buses and passenger cars used in Turkmenistan are products of Korean enterprises.
Within the framework of cooperation in the field of science and education, the effectiveness of Turkmenistan's interaction with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is also traced.
Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea have significant potential for further development and deepening of cooperation that will be the key to strengthening further cooperation.