Today, Terhi Hakala, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, who is in Turkmenistan on a working visit, visited the country's Parliament, where she met with the heads of both Chambers.
According to the Watan News Program, at a meeting with the Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the parties discussed the prospects for expanding the Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue with the EU.
The interlocutors were unanimous in the opinion that in the conditions of the modern world, Inter-Parliamentary cooperation serves as one of the most important tools for promoting a constructive dialogue, maintaining the bonds of friendship and mutual understanding between countries and peoples.
“We highly appreciate the achieved level of bilateral cooperation and consider it as the basis for the development of relations in the long term,” Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized, noting that for many years the European Union has been providing technical assistance to Turkmenistan within the framework of specialized projects and programs aimed at solution of priority tasks of further economic and social development of Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, mutual interest was expressed in intensifying the Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue within the framework of existing partnership mechanisms, in particular, the Joint Committee "European Union - Turkmenistan".
Noting the importance of the ongoing great work on the legislative support of the agreements reached recently between Turkmenistan and the EU, the parties spoke in favour of expanding the exchange of experience in the field of legislation, regular holding of bilateral Inter-Parliamentary meetings and consultations in order to further develop the established productive ties.
At the subsequent meeting with Gulshat Mammedova, Chairwoman of the Mejlis of Milli Gengesh, the necessity of further deepening of Inter-Parliamentary relations, which have a significant impact on the progressive development of relations between Turkmenistan and the EU, and bringing them to a qualitatively new level that meets mutual interests, was emphasized.