On 23 June at the Kuksaroy residence President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who arrived in our country to take part in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Islam Karimov, during talks with President of Turkminstan, noted that his participation at the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the guest of honor is yet another manifestation of the partnership, based on mutual trust and good neighborliness between our countries. This also attests to growing authority and strengthening positions of our countries in the region and international community.
The interactions between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have been dynamically growing. High-level meetings occur regularly.
In 2015 the volume of mutual trade turnover reached 320 million US dollars. Our country exports motor vehicles, agricultural machinery, mineral fertilizers, food products and other goods to Turkmenistan. Oil and oil products are imported from Turkmenistan.
Transportation and transit sphere is a strategic area of cooperation. This is corroborated by the fact that last year the volume of cargo from Uzbekistan, transported through the territory of Turkmenistan, grew by 43 per cent.
The issues of further developing trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation have been discussed at the meeting. The parties exchanged opinions on the issues of regional and international significance.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov conveyed his sincere gratitude to President Islam Karimov for the invitation to the SCO summit and underlined that Turkmenistan is interested in further developing multi-faceted cooperation with Uzbekistan.