Romania expects Turkmen President’s official visit to country

Romania expects the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov’s official visit to the country, Romania’s President Traian Basescu’s letters sent his Turkmen counterpart says.

The letter is published in local press.

“Taking the opportunity I would like to renew the invitation to visit Romania next year at an opportune time to continue bilateral high-level dialogue and define new cooperative projects for the benefit of both peoples,” the letter says.

President Basescu’s official visit to Ashgabat took place July 22, 2009, which allowed “strengthening political dialogue, resume cooperation in economy and culture. As a result intergovernmental agreements were signed.

The letter says “these talks have created the conditions for sustainable development of the relations between Romania and Turkmenistan”.

In particular, Bucharest and Ashgabat have expressed the unity of positions on issues of international energy security by diversifying energy supplies to sales markets.

The sides stressed a need for joint efforts by all interested sides: the producing countries, consuming countries and transit countries.

Romania is interested in gaining direct access to the Turkmen gas. Romanian Transgaz is member of the Nabucco pipeline project, along with the Austrian OMV, Hungarian MOL, Bulgarian Bulgargaz, Turkish Botas and German RWE.

Ashgabat has repeatedly noted that Turkmenistan is ready to supply natural gas on its border to any buyers, including within the Nabucco project.

The Romanian side expressed its readiness to participate in the development and transportation of hydrocarbon resources of Turkmenistan, supplying appropriate equipment to the country and construction of power plants.

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