Chinese Vice Premier Calls For Enhanced Energy Cooperation With Turkmenistan

Chinese Vice Premier Calls For Enhanced Energy Cooperation With Turkmenistan
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng (Photo: Xinhua)

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on Wednesday held online talks with Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, calling for enhanced cooperation in specific fields, including natural gas, security, and people-to-people exchanges.

The meeting took place within the framework of Turkmen Foreign Minister’s visit to China to attend the third meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan.

Calling China and Turkmenistan strategic partners working for win-win results based on mutual respect and trust, Han said with personal attention of the two countries' leaders, China-Turkmenistan relations have developed rapidly and that cooperation in various fields has attained a historical high, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports.

China is willing to work with the Turkmen side to promote comprehensive cooperation for more new achievements, Han added.

Han proposed China and Turkmenistan take collaboration on natural gas as the priority of pragmatic cooperation to elevate cooperation in this field to a new high and actively expand cooperation in developing renewable energy such as wind and solar power. He also called for enhanced cooperation in agriculture, transportation, finance, and other fields.

China is ready to strengthen cooperation with Turkmenistan in COVID-19 response, including in vaccines, to jointly build the immunity barrier, Han Zheng added.

In turn, Meredov said Turkmenistan attaches great significance to the Turkmenistan-China strategic partnership, adding that the Turkmen side is willing to maintain close contact with China and constantly promote cooperation to a new high.