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Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov Meets with Wang Yi

On July 13, 2021 local time, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Ashgabat.

Wang Yi passed on the cordial regards of President Xi Jinping to Berdymukhamedov, saying that the China-Turkmenistan ties have seen healthy and stable development since the establishment of diplomatic relations nearly 30 years ago, with the strategic guidance of the two heads of state being the biggest advantage and the mutual support being the most fundamental feature. The phone conversation between the two heads of state days ago has charted a course for the subsequent development of and injected strong growth momentum into the two countries' relations. China firmly supports Turkmenistan's commitment to permanent neutrality, its important initiatives aimed for international peace and prosperity, and its major political processes. China is ready to further deepen cooperation with Turkmenistan in various areas and add more substance to their strategic partnership.

Wang Yi said, the two countries should sign as soon as possible documents on the alignment of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative with Turkmenistan's development strategy to revive the Great Silk Road, formulate a five-year plan for all-round cooperation, plan overall strategic cooperation between the two countries, and turn the high-level political relations into more concrete results that will benefit the two peoples. China always views cooperation with Turkmenistan in natural gas from the strategic and long-term perspective and offers to be the most reliable and stable export market for Turkmenistan's natural gas. China is ready for cooperation with Turkmenistan across the whole industrial chain of oil and gas, and jointly forge a high-level strategic partnership in the energy sector. In the meanwhile, both sides should expand cooperation in non-natural resources sectors and enrich bilateral strategic cooperation. China will continue to provide support and aid, including vaccines, for Turkmenistan to help it combat the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthen bilateral health cooperation, and build a global community of health for all.

Wang Yi emphasized, the current security situation in Central Asia is not optimistic, and the urgency and necessity of strengthening security cooperation between China and Turkmenistan have become increasingly prominent. China is willing to maintain close communication with Turkmenistan on the situation in Afghanistan, strengthen cooperation under the "China+Central Asia" (C+C5) framework, strictly guard against and respond to the spillover effect of the situation in Afghanistan on neighboring countries, and maintain regional peace and stability.

Berdymukhamedov conveyed through Wang Yi his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping and extended his warm congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Berdymukhamedov said, China is the only country that has eliminated absolute poverty and completed the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and Turkmenistan admires China for its achievements that have attracted worldwide attention. Turkmenistan and China are long-term strategic partners, and the bilateral relations are based on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual support. The Turkmen side thanked China for consistently supporting the international initiatives put forward by it and its permanent neutrality. Turkmenistan firmly supports the one-China principle and will continue to firmly support China on issues involving China's core interests. To cooperate with China in the energy sector is a political decision made by Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan regards China as a long-term and reliable strategic partner in the field of natural gas, and is willing to further expand cooperation with China in the fields of information, communications, high technology, etc. The Turkmen side thanked China for its anti-pandemic assistance. China's vaccines are safe, effective and trustworthy, and Turkmenistan is willing to continue to strengthen vaccine cooperation with China. China and the five Central Asian countries are not only close neighbors, but also friends and partners. The two sides have huge space and potential for mutually beneficial cooperation, and should work together to give full play to the role of the C+C5 mechanism to maintain regional security and stability, and promote regional development and prosperity. The Turkmen side advocated that neighboring countries should play a bigger role on the Afghan issue, and expressed its willingness to step up communication and coordination with China on the situation in Afghanistan.

During his visit to Turkmenistan, Wang Yi also held talks with Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, and met with Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Turkmen President of China-Turkmenistan Cooperation Committee Serdar Berdymukhamedov.

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