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Wen Jiabao Meets with Turkmen President

On November 23, 2011, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.

Wen said since the establishment of diplomatic ties 20 years ago, the two countries have continuously deepened exchanges and cooperation in bilateral, regional and international areas, safeguarding common interests and promoting common development. Both sides have become good partners with mutual trust. China cherishes the friendship with Turkmenistan and is ready to take the opportunity of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties to push bilateral ties to a higher level.

Wen said bilateral pragmatic cooperation enjoys a sound momentum and has broad prospects. He proposed that the two nations should enhance their cooperation on upstream-downstream integration in the natural gas sector, establish a long-term strategic partnership on energy cooperation, boost two-way collaboration on non-resources and high technology and keep closer exchanges at local levels in an aim to establish balanced, comprehensive and high-quality trade relations. The two sides should also step up their efforts in security and law enforcement cooperation to safeguard the implementation and operation of large-scale projects between the two countries, Wen added.

Berdymukhamedov said Turkmenistan-China friendly cooperation has brought tangible benefits to both peoples. Turkmenistan attaches great importance to its ties with China and will work with China to display the role of the China-Turkmenistan Cooperation Committee and other mechanisms and continue to boost cooperation in such fields as energy, trade, investment and high technology. Turkmenistan will also make concerted efforts with China to strengthen coordination in regional and international affairs so as to push for greater development of bilateral ties and maintain regional peace and prosperity, Berdymukhamedov said.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Chinese Ambassador to Turkmenistan Xiao Qinghua and other officials attended the meeting.

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