Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov on Wednesday held talks with Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. The meetings were held on the sidelines of the third meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan in China’s Tunxi city.
The heads of the foreign policy agencies of Turkmenistan and China in a meeting discussed a wide range of issues related to the implementation of bilateral agreements reached during contacts at the highest state level in 2021-2022, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in its press release.
The sides said this meeting is a good opportunity to exchange views on the current state of the strategic Turkmen-Chinese relations. The ministers stressed that the Committee for Cooperation between Turkmenistan and China, which works in four main areas – trade, energy, security and culture – is an effective mechanism for interstate interaction.
The heads of the foreign ministries also stated the effectiveness of the multilateral dialogue between Turkmenistan and China within the framework of international and regional structures, mutual support of initiatives. The parties also noted the effectiveness of the Central Asia-China Summit.
Rashid Meredov and the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting exchanged views on the current state of trade-economic relations between the two states and the prospects for their development.
The sides paid particular focus to the possibilities increasing bilateral trade, interaction in the energy sector, and intensification of partnership in transport field.
The gathering in China is the third such meeting among Afghanistan's neighbors, since the developments in the country in August last year. Islamabad initiated and hosted the first such meeting in September. Tehran hosted the second foreign ministers' meeting of Afghan neighboring countries in late October.